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The Biology of Our Behaviors

In sport, we’re defined as much by our failures as we are our successes. In my athletics career, I won a World Championships medal, a European Indoor Silver medal, a European under-23 Silver Medal, a European Junior 100m Gold medal, and numerous national senior and age group medals. I was selected for two Olympic Games and five World Championships across two different sports, and yet I’m still perhaps best known for being responsible for being responsible for the disqualification of Great Britain’s 4x100m relay team at the 2008 Olympics, in the event in which we were reigning Gold medalists. Read more

GAINcast Episode 71: Peak Performance Part 2 (with Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness)

On part one of our interview with Peak Performance authors Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness we covered the stress-growth formula and productivity strategies like single-tasking. On this week’s GAINcast we continue the discussion to discuss how skills come from struggling, sleep, the role of focus and thought in performance, and more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 70: Peak Performance Part 1 (with Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness)

What does it take to reach peak performance in sport or in life? The new book Peak Performance by Steve Magness and Brad Stulberg attempts to answer this question and on this week’s GAINcast they join us for the first part of an interview on the topic where we discuss the stress-growth formula, productivity strategies like single-tasking, and more. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 106: Parenting Athletes

Whether they want to or not, parents play a large role in determine the success of their children. Part of this is in the genes they pass on, but a bigger part is in how they raise and nurture their children. On this episode of the podcast we take a look at the topic from the coach’s perspective: how do we see parents best helping their child’s success. Plus, we include an excerpt on the topic from an upcoming GAINcast episode with Steve Magness and Brad Stulberg. Read more

The Periodized Life

How does one achieved sustained success in a venture? That’s the ultimate question in life, whether one is aiming to throw the hammer far, or just be the world’s greatest father. It’s also a question that distance coach Steve Magness and write Brad Stulberg pose at the start of their new book Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success which will be released next week. Read more

Sports Science Monthly – May 2017

This month we take a look at new research on how genetic variations might affect psychological skills, the differences between physiological and biomechanical training load monitoring, synthetic tendons, and practical issues in sports nutrition. To start off with, however, we dive into the interplay between energy intake and overtraining syndrome. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 101: Building Buy-In

The old saying goes that belief in a bad plan will be more effective than doubt in a good plan. The reason this saying lives on is because it is true: buy-in is one of the most critical factors in training. And while coaches often discuss it, rarely do they get down to the gritty details of how to actually establish it. On this week’s episode we look at building buy in and some thoughts spurred by Brett Bartholomew’s new book Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 91: Always Compete

Competition is a key to getting better and Pete Carroll has built his coaching philosophy around that. On this week’s episode we take a look in depth at Carroll’s coaching philosophy, its benefits, and its applicability in different settings. Plus we answer another question of the week. Read more

3 Keys to Winning Forever

Pete Carroll is a divisive figure. He stands there on the sidelines with a cheek of chewing gum, dad shoes, and a big smile on his face. Fans find his happy-go-lucky persona either endearing or grating. But no matter what camp you are in, you cannot deny the sustained success he has had at both the collegiate and professional level. As head coach at the University of Southern California he rebuilt a winning tradition, leading the team to two national championships and a record seven straight BCS bowl games. Since 2010 he has been with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks where they have now won three NFC West Championships in four years, been to two Super Bowls, and won one. Read more

Keep It Messy

Back in 2008, I injured my hamstring really badly. Most hamstring injuries are within the biceps femoris, which is the outer of the three muslces, and tend to occur around the musculotendinous junction; mine was much different – I injured my semi-tendinosis at the insertion. This is quite a complex injury, because the insertion of the semi-tendinosis is also very close to the insertion of a number of different structures, including sartorius and gracilus, in a structure known as the pes anserinus, as well as a bursa. It was an incredibly painful injury, and I was unable to run for nine weeks, which meant I missed all of my sprint training in February and March, as well as a bit of April. I was managing the injury fairly aggressively and progressing nicely, and opened up my competitive season at the start of June in Turin. Here, I was involved in a very tight finish, which caused me to re-injure my hamstring. Obviously, this was bad news; 2008 was Olympic year, and I had 4 weeks until the National Trials where I had to qualify for the team. Read more