Vern Gambetta’s GAIN conference took place for the first time since 2019, and we were there to experience it. On this week’s podcast we reflect on our biggest learnings and takeaways from GAIN 2022.
Entries by Martin Bingisser
Rhode Island throwers continued their hot streak at New Balance Nationals Outdoor. National leaders Tarik Robinson-O’Hagan (Woonsocket, RI) won the boy’s competition, while Asher Robbins (Barrington, RI) and Michael Pinckney (HS For Construction, Ozone Park, NY) both added more than 10 feet to their best for second and third place. Liangie Calderon (Coventry, RI) was just inches off of her best to win the girl’s competition and Olivia Campbell (Pittsfield, IL) broke 160 feet for the first time to take silver.
A new personal best from Skylar Soli (Douglas County, GA) led the way at the adidas Outdoor Nationals meet this weekend, while Christopher Milillo (Iona Prep, New Rochelle, NY) was just inches from his best to win the boy’s competition.
GAIN 2022 starts tomorrow and our theme this year is coloring outside the lines. On this week’s GAINcast we share some ideas on coaching, what the lines are, and when to know when to color outside the lines.
Recent Rhode Island state champion Tarik Robinson-O’Hagan (Woonsocket, RI) won the New England Hammer Throw Championship this week, continuing his winning streak. The girl’s competition went to Jillian Leahy (Lincoln, RI) with a new personal best.
When I think of jumping for throwers, Werner Günthör is the first athlete that comes to mind. The 130-kilogram Swiss shot putter could almost fly and this explosive strength helped him capture three world titles. Jumping is perhaps the ultimate expression of power and can play an integral role in preparing throwers. But as with anything, it needs to be adapted to the needs of the sport and athlete, especially in a sport whether athletes can be massive. Below are a few considerations for integrating jumps into the physical preparation of throwers.
State leaders Liangie Calderon (Coventry, RI) and Tarik Robinson-O’Hagan (Woonsocket, RI) were both victorious at the state championships over the weekend. Robinson-O’Hagan had a historic meeting, winning the hammer, shot put, and discus. His hammer mark was also a new personal best and ranks 7th all-time in the US. Six boys were over 60 meters in a deep field as well. Calderon captured the girl’s competition with her opening throw, but her rivals kept her close by in a tight competition.
The California State Championships are perhaps the hardest competition in high school sports. This year Nick sent 6 throwers to the meet and walked away with 7 podium finishes. On this week’s podcast we take a look at the meet, how to prepare for it, and the unique path each athlete took to achieve their success this season.
The meet records weren’t in danger, but that didn’t stop a heated competition from forming at this year’s Ohio State Championship. Junior Kaylin Howey (Bellevue, OH) entered the meet ranked third in the state, but claimed victory after a personal best gave her a narrow win. In the boy’s competition, Colby Morlock (Norwayne, OH) extended his state lead to secure the title as well.
As strength coaches we focus a lot on exercise selection. But exercise execution is just as critical: perform the same exercise differently and you can train two entirely different physical qualities. On last month’s GAINcast with Professor Warren Young we got one great example: how you intrust an athlete to perform a drop jump can lead to drastically different execution.