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A New Kind of Seminar

Last week we announced the upcoming HMMR Media seminar in London with me and John Kiely. You can learn more and sign up here. While much of the content will be new, it is not our first time presenting on this topic. We put together the first edition of the seminar last year in Limerick, Ireland. The idea was to create something different. Rather than just describing the latest and greatest periodisation plan, we wanted to give coaches the tools to create their own method. As the saying goes: give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Having a good process is essential in creating your own method. We explained how to do that and provide examples of it in practice. Read more

GAINcast 56: Peaking and Getting Ready

As coaches, the competition season is our test. Did we get our athletes ready for the big competition? On this episode Vern talks about strategies and best practices for helping your athletes peak and get ready when it counts. Read more

Beyond the Bullsh*t is Back

Last year John Kiely and I put together an cutting edge seminar on periodisation, planning and performance in Limerick. Rather than just describing the latest and greatest periodisation plan, we discussed the process of planning for sports and how to truly get the most from you and your athletes. To my knowledge, it was the first seminar of its kind. It was well received and therefore we have decided to bring it to London this year. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 92: Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (with Derek Evely)

Variation is a core training concept, but we tend to think of it as a way to avoid accommodation. What if it is more? What if it is a tool to drive you forward? Few coaches think about how to use change strategically over the long-term and on this week’s episode we take an in depth look at some concepts related to change with our guest and good friend Derek Evely. Read more

GAINcast Episode 54: On Target

Recently I published an article on HMMR Media discussing the role of specific strength exercises in team sports. It is a difficult question that I often get confronted with since I speak and write frequently about specific strength. Contrary to what many people thing, it is not about simply putting work into different categories in training. Good training is about making sure each element is on target, no matter its category. On this episode we talk about how to stay on target and how we often ignore on field training as a means of physical preparation. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 86: Simple Truths

The core fundamentals that guide our training are rarely the sexy things that will make us rich. Instead they are simple truths that simply work. On this episode Nick and I share some of the simple truths that make up the foundation of our training methods. Read more

An Alternative to Periodization

I’ve been coaching professionally for nine years and, like any young coach, I started out by reading anything and everything I could get my hands on, attending conferences and talking with other coaches. Scientists and coaches usually present research and theory behind training methodologies, combine them with practical experience and present positive results to support their work. Many of the basic principles of training I first learned about back then I still use today and have never let me down. Read more

The Art of Holding a Peak

Peaking at the right time matters, but for many athletes it is just as important to be able to hold that peak. For my athletes, at the high school level, the post season lasts nearly two months. Therefore we have to stay in top shape for a long period in order to qualify and place well at the state meet. I’ve always said one of the reasons I like the Bondarchuk program is how it is able to keep athletes at a top level after reaching their peak. Read more

GAINcast Episode 31: Optimizing Your Workout

Earlier this summer we looked at winning the workout, and on this week’s episode we dive deeper into the topic by providing specific ideas and tips on how to optimize your workout to get the most out of each session in terms of structure, organization, athlete buy in, and more. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 68: Get Organized

Get the most out of a training session is as much about how you do it than what you do. Optimal organization of training can make it efficient, more productive, better focused, and more beneficial to the athletes. On this episode we discuss some planning steps that can help you better organize your sessions. Read more