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GAINcast Episode 156: Chucking spears (with Steve Backley)

Watch the javelin in full speed and it is a thing of beauty. Watch it in slow motion and it’ll often make you cringe. In order to throw a spear the length of a football field requires athletes to put their body in extreme positions with massive amounts of force transferring through the kinetic chain. Mastering it is hard, staying at the top even harder. Steve Backley was not just one of the best javelin throwers of all time, but sat atop the sport for 15 years. On this episode of the GAINcast, Backley joins us to discuss how he developed in the sport, what creates the perfect throw, and becoming a better competitor. Read more

A Case Study in Ideal Meet Preparation

I have tried several different pre-meet training plans with Bondarchuk, but I think I finally found the right one this week:

  • T minus 4 Days – Train twice (lifting and throwing each session), work a few hours, and then spend six hours sitting on the train.
  • T minus 3 Days – Train twice (lifting and throwing each session)
  • T minus 2 Days – Train twice (lifting and throwing each session)
  • T minus 1 Day – Train twice (lifting and throwing each session), work seven hours, and get a few lingering aches and pains looked at by Mr. Fix-it.
  • Day of competition – Train in the morning at 6:30 am so that you are able to get to an 8:00 am meeting. After training, work six hours.

This was my preparation for Tuesday night’s competition in Olten. If you can’t sense my sarcasm, it was far from the ideal meet preparation. Read more