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3 case studies on high performance

In the last year I have met with many organizations that are inquiring about what exactly a high performance program is. High performance models are not new to the world, but they are new to the professional sports scene in North American. The success of the Australian Olympic team through the 2000 Olympic Games was followed by the success of the British Olympic Team at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. This has led to a wave of interest in North American teams to create a better performance environment and find ways to give their organization an edge. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 180: Flying high (with Herbert Czingon)

Pole vault is one of the world’s most dynamic sports, requiring elite levels of sprinting, jumping, and gymnastics from athletes. Herbert Czingon has been coaching the event for decades as both German national coach and now Switzerland. He joins us on this week’s podcast to talk about how his approach to planning for the complex event has changed over the years to better identify the individual needs of athletes, plus a discussion on the unique demands the sport requires from athletes. Read more

GAINcast 142: Book club

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes there are things words can express uniquely. A good book can teach you in a way that other methods simply can’t. On this episode of the GAINcast we look at a few of the books that truly helped shape us as coaches. In addition, we discuss which individuals we’d like to sit down and have a beer with. Read more

Training doesn’t have to be crazy

More it more it seems like we are surrounded by craziness, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I recently read It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the two founders of the project management software company Basecamp. The main point of the book is, as the title suggests, work doesn’t have to be, and indeed shouldn’t be, crazy. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 179: ThrowsTown USA (with John Frazier)

Eugene might be TrackTown USA, but Los Angeles has a good claim to being ThrowsTown USA. Not only does Nick live there, but it is home to UCLA and USC, with two of the nation’s top throwing traditions. Five years John Frazier got a unique opportunity as a coach: he got to return to his alma matter UCLA to continue the school’s legendary tradition of throws dominance. Since then UCLA throwers have only gotten stronger and Frazier has solidified himself as one of the top shot put coaches in the country, routinely qualifying multiple athletes for the NCAA Championships. On this episode of the podcast we talk to coach Frazier about his experience starting out as a throwing at UCLA under Art Venegas, his evolution as a coach, and his approach to continuing the UCLA tradition. Read more

October 2018 in review: the microcycle

Last year in one of our first site themes we focused on periodization and understanding adaptation. In October we decided to revisit periodization as a site theme, but this time from a different perspective: looking in depth at the microcycle. In designing a training plan, the focus is normally placed on the individual session, or the larger mesocycles or macrocycles. The microcycle often gets lost in the middle. Read more

GAINcast Episode 141: Athletic medicine (with Ed Ryan)

Ed Ryan has supported athletes at the highest level as Medical Director for the USOC, head athletic trainer for USA Basketball, and most recently with the US Tennis Association’s National Academy. But it was a long road to get there. On this episode of the GAINcast, Ryan joins us to reflect on his career, influences, and lessons learned along the way. Read more

Putting tactical periodization into practice

A lot has been written about tactical periodization on HMMR Media this month, including a primer on tactical periodization from Craig Pickering and a detailed discussion of Dean Benton’s experience with tactical periodization. I’ve come to tactical periodization from a different route. Much of the discussion around tactical periodization looks at complex data modeling and GPS metrics. With a background in physical education and coaching rugby at the grass roots, I simply looked at tactical periodization as a tool to help us better define how we wanted to play and train for that. This article aims to show you how I’ve taken some of the ideas from tactical periodization and put them into practice. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 178: Ice hockey coaching consultation

We’re trying something new for this week’s podcast: we’ve assembled a panel of experts to help one coach address a problem they are facing in training. On this episode we tackle a question from a Swiss hockey coach. Facing three games a week during the season, it can be hard to find the right mix or training and recovery to not only maintain, but hopefully improve form over the season. Hockey experts Dan Noble and Steve Myrland join us to brainstorm some ideas to confront these demands. Read more

Rethinking the 7-day microcycle

Last week Nick Garcia shared some of the innovative training templates he’s using with his athletes at Notre Dame High School, and talked more about his approach on Monday’s HMMR Podcast. As you can see, his approach focuses on athletes needs and it’s tied to a seven-day timeline. Think about athlete needs first, and the calendar second. Read more