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Making coaches education more practical

On the GAINcast this month we’ve been focusing on developing coaches with Frank Dick and Troy Engle. A key theme from both of them is that coaches education needs to be more practical. In developing coaches at Sport Singapore, Engle explained his philosophy: “The best way for coaches to learn is not in the classroom and they don’t like to learn in the classroom. It needs to be practice-based and knowledge they feel is relevant.” In other words, developing coaches happens with them, not to them. Read more

GAINcast Episode 144: Pillars of coaching (with Frank Dick)

After a career of coaching Olympic champions, Frank Dick has turned his attention to coaching coaches. Coaching is the foundation of sport. Athletes make excellence happen, but it is the coaches that make excellence possible. On this episode of the GAINcast, Dick joins us to talk about the pillars of coaching and how we can create better coaches. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 177: Behind the templates

Last week Nick posted an article sharing the templates he uses for traditional training and athletic development. His aim is to train the body from head to toe in all three planes of movement, and he has set up a thorough session and microcycle template to ensure he covers all the bases. On this week’s podcast we dive into more detail on his template to see how he’s put it together, the logic behind exercise sequencing, and how the microcycle fits together to prepare the athlete. Read more

Bosch and Pryor are coming to America

Frans Bosch and John Pryor are coming to America. This December, the two top coaches will be presenting a series of seminars on the east and west coast. Frans Bosch’s 2015 book Strength Training and Coordination: An Integrative Approach started a new conversation about how to train movement and strength. John Pryor has been one of the pioneers in implementing this approach, first guiding Japan Rugby to historic results at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and now working with Fiji and several top international clubs. Both will be presenting on the theory and practice on the following dates. Read more

The State of GAIN: connecting the dots

It has been one month since GAIN 2018 finished. Eleven years ago, when we started GAIN there were 16 attendees including the faculty, this year there were 89. While the best chance to learn from everyone is to be at GAIN in person, we also are sharing some resources for those that could not make it. Last month I put together some reflections on GAIN 2018. This month on the GAINcast we share one evening’s gold medal roundtable with six members sharing experiences supporting Olympic champions. Below you can watch the first keynote from GAIN where I introduced this year’s theme: connecting the dots. Read more

GAIN 2018 wrap-up: recollections & reflections

GAIN 2018 has been finished for just a little over a week and I already can’t wait for next year – only 343 days to go for GAIN 2019! For my wife and I GAIN is a lot of work, but each year it is gratifying to see the work come to fruition. For all involved it is a special time of learning and sharing with other with professionals across many disciplines and sports with varied perspectives from around the world. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 159: Lessons from GAIN

Every June, we both make a trip to Houston for Vern Gambetta’s annual GAIN conference. With faculty included strength coaches, sport coaches, physical therapists, trainers, academics and sports scientists from a variety of professional and amateur sports, it provides a chance to learn and share. On this week’s podcast we broadcast live from the event and recap the key lessons learned on each day of the event. Read more

HMMR in Houston

We’re proud to announce our next seminar tailored specifically to training for the throwing events. On June 16th Nick Garcia and I will be presenting at Rice University in Houston. Through both classroom instruction and demonstrations, we’ll show you various ways to program for the heavy throws, share our training plans, walk participants through key exercises and progressions, and more. It willl be a great opportunity to learn and see first hand how to put a program together in a variety of ways. Read more

Getting the most out of continuing professional development

I recently returned from the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) Southeast Asian Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning in Singapore. My experience at the conference and the communication I have had since returning to Hong Kong has given me reason to consider the value that comes from attending such events and a few things that coaches can do to get the most out of continuing professional development (CPD). Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 142: The coach’s classroom

Formalized coaching education and certification has been around for a long time, but as sport evolves so has the education structures that support it. On this week’s podcast we’ve got a roundtable discussion with several track and field organizations to look at what changes are on the horizon for coaches education. Joining us are Mike Turk (USATF Coaches Education Executive Committee), Carrie Lane (USTFCCCA Track and Field Academy Instructor), and Darren Ritchie (Scottish Athletics Heading of Coaching Development). Read more