HMMR Podcast Episode 296: It depends

Perhaps the two most important words in programming are: it depends. We often focus on the exercise or structure, forgetting about the context. How do you train before a competition? It depends. Are speed ladders good or bad? It depends. Are kettlebells or dumbbells better? It depends. On this week’s episode we talk about variety of training topics and try to answer the question of what it depends on.

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  • We discussed pre-meet training and workouts in the recent GAINcast 263. Hex bar training was discussed on this month’s Episode 295 with Scott Russell. “It depends” was also covered last year on GAINcast 245.

Key quotes and topics

  • 0:00 – Introduction.
  • 1:30 – Pre-meet workouts in general: “There’s no absolutes to me when it comes to pre-meet workouts. If it works for the individual, it’s great. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. And you just have to move on from there.”
  • 5:30 – Pre-meeting training templates
  • 7:45 – Timing the pre-meet workout
  • 9:30 – It depends and the hex bar: “If you’re trying to do squats to improve your shot put technique, it’s not gonna work. But does that mean squats are not gonna make you a better shop putter? Too many people take that opinion that if it’s bad for one thing, it’s bad for everything, or vice versa.”
  • 12:30 – Hex bar equipment choices.
  • 14:45 – Dumbbells vs kettlebells: “The demands of the sport will pretty much regulate what you do inside the weight room.”
  • 16:30 – Center mass bells: “We always talk about adapting the plan to the athlete, but sometimes you also have to adapt to what equipment you have and what situation you have.”
  • 19:00 – Revisiting ladders and when training gets crazy: “You see some crazy jump exercises on Instagram. But sometimes the more complexity an exercise has, the less effective it can be because it starts to get further and further away from the actual demands of the sport.”
  • 23:15 – No pain, no gain? “It doesn’t really have to tear you down to mean you’re getting a stimulus from it.”
  • 25:45 – Step ups.

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