HMMR Podcast Episode 229: The 8-week plan

We often talk on the podcast about different components of training: lifting, jumping, sprinting, throwing, and more. We spend less time talking about putting it all together. The best way to learn about that is to take a look at an example. Last week Nick posted an 8-week throws program on HMMR Media. We walk thought it to understand the thought process behind it and how coaches can look at fitting all the components of athletic development into a plan.

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Notes and quotes

  • 1:45 – Taking programming from one sport to another.
  • 3:30 – Understanding the training phases and how athletes enter the program.
  • 6:30 – Defining the length of a training block: “The unload weeks are checkpoints. If you unload and they don’t perform well, you can make adjustments for the next four weeks.”
  • 10:00 – Balancing and sequencing daily workouts. “If you are going to do something, try and do it at least twice a week. How are you going to get good at something if you don’t repeat it?”
  • 14:45 – Adapting an 8-week program to a year-round approach.
  • 19:15 – Adapting the program to higher level athletes.
  • 20:15 – Variations of exercises.
  • 22:30 – Integrating VBT elements with traditional elements.
  • 28:00 – Closing thoughts and the next evolution: “Training is always changing. You have your template and toolbox. What you decide to put in and take out is just switching tools. The toolbox stays the same.

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