HMMR Podcast Episode 264: New Year’s special (with Vern Gambetta)

We’re kicking off the year with our annual combined episode of the HMMR Podcast and GAINcast 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 on these topics, listen to the full episode above. Also be sure to subscribe to our podcast and review it on iTunes.

Further reading

  • This episode is brought to you by HMMR Plus. Become a member for full access to our videos, articles, and podcast archives. The current site theme is sports science. Check back throughout the month for more content on the topic, and visit our sports science archive for more content on the topic.
  • We recorded similar episodes to kick off 2021 (Episode 239), 2019 (Episode 188), 2018 (Episode 135), and 2017 (Episode 83).
  • You can learn more about leg circuits in the HMMR Classroom Video Lesson 13: Leg circuits. The upcoming GAIN Master Class event on January 27th will also focus on the topic.
  • We discussed Nick’s progressions and the 1×20 method in more detail on GAINcast 209.
  • The aerodynamics of throwing were also discussed on GAINcast 229 with Kevin McGill.