HMMR Podcast Episode 257: Mailbag

It’s time to open the listener mailbag again. As the track season comes to and end and the fall sports season starts up, we answer some questions on scoring trends in track and field, general preparation, plyometrics, med balls, and share some memories of Yuriy Sedykh.

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Notes and quotes

  • 0:00 – Introduction.
  • 1:30 – Impact of COVID as an excuse.
  • 5:00 – Global scoring trends in the throws and track and field.
  • 7:30 – Keeping competitive shape as you age.
  • 9:00 – The state of American track and field, team breadth, and underperformance.
  • 13:15 – Getting more exposure for the throws: “Watch a local track meet and it likely won’t be fun. It’s a cattle call, not entertainment. We need to think more about what is best for athletes and fans, not just meet directors.”
  • 18:45 – The role of core pressure in throwing.
  • 21:00 – 3 vs 4 turns in the hammer throw: “3-turn technique can still be a good solution for hammer thrower with less stable technique, less strength, or even too much horsepower.”
  • 23:30 – Remembering Yuriy Sedykh.
  • 26:00 – Finding the best cut of meat.
  • 27:30 – Plyometrics and sprinting uphill.
  • 31:00 – General vs. specific med ball training.
  • 33:45 – Transitioning from junior to senior ranks: “Having good technique with the basics covered is the most important to transition to the next level. If you rely on just athleticism, you’ll be exposed as the game becomes more demanding.”

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