GAINcast Episode 234: New Year’s special

We’re kicking off the year with our annual combined episode of the GAINcast and HMMR Podcast to discuss the state of training for sports. A lot has changed over the past year, so we sit down to discuss some of the biggest issues facing sports, the hot topics on our mind, and what we’re looking forward to in 2022.

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Notes and quotes

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 1:30 – Moving targets: “They always tell us, if you do this then things will be fine. But then it isn’t. There’s a moving target and that’s frustrating.”
  • 4:00 – Controlling the controllables.
  • 5:30 – The value of the extra year.
  • 6:30 – Beyond leg circuits: “There are threshold criteria that need to be met before you even start the leg circuits.”
  • 10:45 – Examples of leg circuit progressions: “You don’t need to squat heavy twice a week to get a big squat.”
  • 15:45 – Buy in strategies for bodyweight exercises.
  • 18:00 – The 1×20 method: “It can tick a lot of boxes, but it can’t tick them all. It is a method, not a system.”
  • 24:00 – The value of a new stimulus: “All these new methods come out, and it works well. But sometimes that is just because it is new. Maybe it isn’t better or worse, but it is new.”
  • 24:45 – Throws outlook for 2022.
  • 28:00 – The transformation of American hammer throwers.
  • 31:45 – Gap year.
  • 34:30 – Flying the discus, throwing volume, and finding volume through other implements.
  • 40:15 – Transfer of maximum strength.
  • 43:00 – Lessons from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and how Nick’s training has evolved and rethinking how to teach technique.

To hear more about these topics you can listen to the full episode above. If you like what you hear on the GAINcast, don’t forget to give us a review and subscribe on iTunes.

Further reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic: