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GAINcast Episode 180: Sub 2 (with Dr. Michael Joyner)

Dr. Michael Joyner has been writing about the limits of human performance for decades and back in 1991 was one of the first to analyze the possibility of a sub 2-hour marathon. On this episode of the GAINcast, Joyner breaks down recent two hour attempts, the role of technology in pushing performance forward, and what trends he sees on the horizon for endurance athletes.

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The decade in review: top training conent

HMMR Media was officially founded in 2013, but its roots trace back to the personal blog I started in 2007. During the past decade we’ve grown from one contributor (me) to 27 authors. We’ve posted thousands of articles, podcasts, and videos. And we’ve learned a lot about training throughout the whole process. Below are some highlights from the past decade on HMMR Media. Read more

Champions choice: essentialism

Champions are essentialists! They know what they need to do and then they set out to do what is necessary, no more, no less. No doubt there are a thousand thing that they could do, but they chose a laser focus on the need to do things that will advance them toward their goal. They also realize that that there are always tradeoffs, in many cases this means you can’t do that. Read more

3 trends to keep an eye on in high performance

It is always worth reflecting upon the past to gain insight into how things may go in the future. This is an annual ritual for many with New Year’s celebrations at the turn of the year. However, taking a historical look at trends in the world of sport can lend insight into what practices are trending towards in the coming year and beyond. In my realm of organization and management, there are many upcoming developments to be excited about and many to be wary of. Below are three areas of high performance here I see big developments on the horizon. Read more

GAIN 2020 – Applications Open

GAIN is a community of professional’s eager to learn and willing to share ideas and information. GAIN is not about more exercises, sets, reps and training methods it is about passionate people who pursue excellence with honesty, integrity and respect to make a difference in the lives of the people we coach and teach.

Who attends? GAIN is open to Strength & Conditioning/Athletic Development coaches, Sport Coaches, Physical Therapists, ATC’s, Chiropractors, Doctors and Physical Education teachers. Those who attend are professionals seeking career advancement & renewal through a networking experience and who are interested in getting out of their comfort zone.

When is GAIN? June 16 to June 20, 2020

Where is GAIN? Rice University in Houston Texas.

How much does GAIN cost? Tuition is $2250. This includes breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, and lodging at Rice University.

Where can I learn more about GAIN? Go to https://thegainnetwork.com/events/gain2020/ or call 941-378-1778. You can also email Vern Gambetta at gstscoach@gmail.com.

How do I apply? To apply go to: https://thegainnetwork.com/events/gain2020/ Submit your application now, enrollment is limited. We will let you know within 10 days if you are accepted.

Why do I have to apply? Can’t I just sign up? Having people apply is part of what makes GAIN special. It would be easier to make it open for anyone to enroll, but that is not what GAIN is about. We are looking for people willing to share and challenge themselves and others to grow professionally. The people in the network with you are as important (maybe even more important) than the faculty experts. The connections and inspiration you get from those around you have a significant impact on the experience.

Who are the faculty? Our faculty has a a tremendous breadth of experiences and a record of excellence in their chosen fields. They know how a performance team works, how all aspects of athletic development complement each other and most importantly they understand the process of developing athletes. Listen to faculty announcement on the GAINcast Episode 179.

How does the network work? The GAIN annual meeting is the beginning. Participants have access to a secure website that offers access to an online forum and library including video of past GAIN Annual Meetings. In addition, GAIN members are eligible to come back each year at a reduced rate.

GAIN 2020 Theme: Developing the Adaptable Athlete

GAIN Mission: To focus on the possibilities for enhancing human movement with no limits or limitations and emphasize connections and links between all disciplines in the same manner we emphasize connections and linkages in the body.

Sports Science Monthly – January 2020

Every month we take a deep dive into the latest research in sports science. This month we start off by what exactly mental toughness is. We also summarize topics like the limited science of elite sprinting, connecting sprint speed to endurance performance, the load of warming up, periodizing skill acquisition, and more. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 214: Finding your throw (with Suzy Powell-Roos)

As we entered a new century it had been 30 years since an American woman ranked top 10 in the world. Suzy Powell-Roos led a group of throwers that changed that and put the event on the map globally for the US. On this week’s podcast, the 3-time Olympian and former American record holder joins us to look back at her throwing career and look ahead at her coaching career. Read more

The future of genetic testing and talent identification

When we look at the future of sport, one emerging area that gets increasing interest is genetic testing for athletes. As of late last year, just over 70 different companies offer genetic tests for sports performance, and these tests can be ordered online, without any sign-off needed by a medical practitioner. I used to work for one such company, and, through that employment, I was fortunate to consult with a number of elite sporting teams around how they might use genetic information with their athletes. A common question, from the teams and other interested individuals, was whether we could use this technology for to identify athletes with the future potential to be elite. Read more

Looking back on 2019: top training resources

Each year we try to get a little bit better, and looking back at 2018 I think we achieved that goal. Throughout the course of 2019 our 27 contributors produced 52 new podcast episodes, over 300 articles, 11 premium video lessons, 12 monthly themes, over 120 research articles summarized in our Sports Science Monthly reports, 4 member hangouts, and dozens of new exercises in movement library. Read more

December 2019 in review: reactive strength

This year we’ve produced 12 great monthly themes. To close out the year our final theme in December was reactive strength. Earlier in the year we looked at a similar topic: plyometrics. In December we wanted to take a broader look at the concept of reactive strength. Plyometrics is one way to train reactive strength, but not the only way. And we also wanted to dig deeper into what exactly it is, rather than just talking about exercises. The end result was 3 new podcasts and 4 new articles on the topic from 7 contributors. Read more