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Individualization made easy

This month’s topic on HMMRMedia is the individualization of training. The one size fits all model is a thing of the past; both scientific research and hard won experience have shown the need to individualize training. But many coaches still struggle to figure out how to start with individualization. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 161: Individualization

It is common to hear coaches say we need to fit the plan to the athlete, rather than the athlete to the plan. But how exactly do we do that? On this week’s podcast we focus on individualization, when coaches need to start doing it, what should be individualized, and different ways to put the concept into practice. Plus, Nick and Martin start off the episodes with an analysis of the state of American throwing. Read more

GAINcast Episode 113: Training session management

Coaches wear many hats, one of which is manager. They manage players, staff, and the training session. Training session management is the cornerstone of the coaching management functions because it occurs daily and sometime multiple times in a day. The effectiveness of a training session often depends more on management than its content. On this episode of the GAINcast Vern shares examples and best practices in training session management. Read more

Integrating medicine ball training into the plan

This article was originally posted on High Performance West. Jonathan Marcus is building a great platform over there, so check it out.

In my article last week I looked at the unique advantages offered by medicine ball training and how to design exercises to get the most out of the dynamic training tool. But once you find the right exercises you also need to put then into a plan. Should medicine ball training complement the primary sport work you are doing? Should it contrast it? And how do we make sure it doesn’t counteract it? Finding the right plan is perhaps more important than finding the right exercises. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 139: Fitting it all in

With so many coaching ideas available online, it can be difficult to determine what to use and where to fit in it. On this week’s episode we discuss how to evaluate training methods, how much of a stimulus you need, and ideas for where (and if) to fit it into the plan. Read more

GAINcast Episode 95: Endurance Planning (with John Larralde)

Over the past month we’ve run a series on endurance training, first discussing concepts and methods and then outlining the basics of athletic development for endurance athletes. On this week’s podcast we bring the conversation full circle to discuss how to bring it all together with coach John Larralde. Larralde shares examples of how he has used different methods with different athletes from different athletes can produce top results. Read more

GAINcast Episode 94: Conference Highlights

Both Vern and I have been on the road a lot over the past two months, attending conferences across Europe and the US. On this week’s episode we discuss the new connections we’ve made, some key lessons learned from many of the keynote speakers, and more. Read more

November 2017 in review: adaptation explained

After focusing on getting back to the basics in October, we turned our attention to a new site theme in November: adaptation. In one sense, adaptation is the most basic element of training; everything we do is aimed at trying to get the body to adapt. But the body is complex, which makes our job difficult. Throughout the month we put together a variety of resources to help understand that complexity. An overview is below. Read more

Plan less, prepare more

One of the paradoxes of planning is that, on the one hand, we need to be flexible in our approach so that we can adapt to the complexity of reality. On the other hand, however, human nature makes us less flexible the more time we spend planning. If you follow this logic it means that we should spend less time planning if we want to be plan better. When I was talking about this topic with John Kiely at September’s Scottish Athletics Coaching Conference we agreed that this certainly isn’t the message we want to send to young coaches. But there is nevertheless something to that idea. And if you look at some of the research from behavioral economics there are a few strategies we can adopt that might help us solve this conundrum. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 130: Personalizing the Plan (with Jeremy Fischer)

The real art of planning doesn’t come in creating the plan, it comes in knowing when and how to change it. On this week’s episode we are joined by Jeremy Fischer, Director and Head Coach of the USATF Residence Program. He’s coached World and Olympic champions in the jumping events and explains his approach to planning, plus several cases studies of how he’s had to personalize the plan. Read more