Strength and conditioning coaches normally understand what the S stands for in S&C. But how do you define the C? On this episode of the podcast we look into the often overlooked part of our job, as well as getting a few rants off our chest, and discussing the current state of American throwing.
Notes and quotes
We started off the episode by sharing our approach to conditioning, then diving into recent throwing results and a few rants we’ve been storing up.
- 2:00 – Defining conditioning: “S&C coaches normally understand what the S stands for. But how do you define the C? ” “Conditioning will be different for each sport. What is good condition for shot put won’t be the same as for volleyball. Coaches might think it’s just going out and running a mile, but it depends on the sport. “
- 4:00 – Understanding conditioning for short-duration sports: “You might not need to be fit to compete, but you have to be fit to train. Throwing just takes a few seconds, but if you aren’t fit enough to take a lot of throws in training, you aren’t going to progress. “
- 7:00 – Key tools to develop conditioning.
- 8:30 – Playing with density to develop conditioning. “The best way to condition athletes is the way you practice on the field and not in the weight room. “
Reviewing the US Track and Field Championships
- 10:00 – The state of American hammer throwing: “10 years ago everyone would have laughed if you said a 76 meter guy and a 75 meter girl wouldn’t make Team USA. But that’s the level of the hammer throw now. “
- 12:00 – The state of American shot putting.
- 13:30 – World record talk: “The better you get, the harder it is to PR. We need to be realistic about how hard it is to take that last step to the world record. “
- 18:30 – What are and are not the reasons why the shot put has raised its level.
- 25:30 – Preparing athletes for championships: “US meets don’t prepare throwers for championships. We throw outside the stadium and it just isn’t the same experience. We need to simulate championship conditions, not just championship fields. “
- 33:00 – Taking too much credit.
- 36:00 – Talent vs. coaching.
- 38:00 – Taking pride in your facilities: “The bottom line is that taking pride in your facilities does not cost anything. Your facility is your place of work. Treat it like that. “
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- This month’s site theme is the conditioning, with some great content lined up for the coming weeks. Join HMMR Plus so that you don’t miss out and get full archive and resource library here on HMMR Media.
- On the conditioning topic, we recommend checking out our Video Lesson 13: Leg circuits for some conditioning ideas as well as Episode 146.
- Our most recent rant episode was on Episode 164. You can also check out rants on Episode 103, Episode 80, and Episode 60.