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Tactical Periodization – Is it really new?

What exactly is tactical periodization? Is it the newest buzzword or a new name for what great coaches have always done? Before you jump on the bandwagon and try to understand some of the poorly translated Portuguese books and interviews on the subject look at history for a minute. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 121: The Peak Master (with Dale Stevenson)

At this year’s World Championships Tom Walsh emerged as the surprise champion in the shot put. Insiders, however, were caught slightly less off guard as Walsh has been the most consistent big meet performer over the past few years. On this week’s episode his coach Dale Stevenson comes back on the show to discuss training both the mental and physical dimensions of peaking and how coaches can create processes to continue to improve even at the highest level. Read more

GAINcast Episode 82: Training Structure

The old saying goes “mixed training yields mixed results.” But is that really the case? On this episode of the GAINcast we take a critical look at the linear sequential approach to training and discuss other methods to structuring training. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 117: Season Debrief

This season I had my best results in years despite little time to train. Putting together a training plan required some creative solutions, some of which worked, and some which didn’t. On this episode we debrief my season and look forward to next year. After a decade of the same training style, it is time for a change and we brainstorm different ideas for planning towards 2018. Read more

Coaching Pitfalls: Taper and Pre-season Training

Over the years, I have seen that there are two periods of the year where good coaching can go awry: The pre-season training period and the taper. Both are essential but both are fraught with perils and pitfalls characterized by the same root cause – the willingness/desire/need/obsession to do more than is necessary. Ultimately do to insecurity and lack of trust in the process. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 114: Bondarchuk for Team Sports (with Derek Evely)

A history of training methods for team sports is essentially a history of adapting individual sports methods to the team environment. We frequently get asked how the methods of Dr. Anatoliy Bondrachuk could be adapted from track and field to team sports. To tackle this question we invited Derek Evely back on the show to exchange some ideas. Read more

Where I Failed This Season

No coach at any level ranging from youth to professional ever wants to admit that he failed. However, in order to grow and get better I feel it is necessary. Over the past number of years at Notre Dame High School we have created a reputation of producing throwers year in and year out regardless of the talent we have inherited. It is our expectation that multiple shot putters will make the CIF finals, some will move onto Masters meet, and at least one will qualify for the state meet. And we meet that expectation. Recently we have had four years with at least four throwers over 50’10” in the same season. One season we even had six throwers over that mark. On the woman’s side we have had two girls over 49 feet in the shot as recently as two years ago. We have also had as many of 4 of the top 9 in the CIF finals and 3 of the top 12 in the Masters meet. Read more

Sharpen Your Knives

In my presentation at GAIN 2017 last week, I went on a tangent to talk about cutlery. Like most people, I’m attracted to sharp and shiny things, but the reason I brought up knives is that the provide a great analogy for exercise selection. Read more

Creating a Strength Plan for Runners

Over the past week I have posted articles on why runners need to lift and strength methods for runners. To wrap up this topic it is important to look at how to put everything together into a plan. Read more

GAINcast Episode 67: Periodization Trends (with Dave Tenney)

All eyes look towards Europe in the soccer world and if you look close enough you will see there are some interesting team sports planning trends gaining momentum. As the High Performance Director for the MLS champions Seattle Sounders FC, Dave Tenney has tried to keep his team on the cutting edge and has looked closely at the new models emerging from Europe. On this episode, we have a discussion with Tenney about the direction periodization is headed and how he has seen successful solutions implemented at various clubs. Read more