Tag Archive for: General Training

Replacing prediction models with learning models


We often think about periodization and planning as a process of prediction. The longer I coach, the more I see we need to reframe periodization as a process of learning. The best coaches implement planning methods that allow them to learn. It took me too long to realize this distinction, but the sooner as coaches understand it, the sooner they can take their athletes to the next level.

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HMMR Podcast Episode 287: Part 2 (with John Smith)

Last month Ole Miss coach John Smith joined our podcast for a rare interview looking at his unconventional approach to strength and power training. The conversation got a lot of people thinking and left us with many more questions. Thankful we were able to get him back on this week’s episode where we dived into many more throws-specific topics such as throwing heavy and light implements, peaking strategies, individualization, technical models, motor learning, and more.

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Thoughts from my morning walks

Below are the latest 5 entries in my morning walk series:

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GAINcast Episode 255: On testing

Testing is a crucial part of the training and coaching process. On this episode of the GAINcast Vern walks through his approach to testing and shares his best practices, including a walk through of how he set up and implemented the testing program at the Chicago White Sox in the 1990s.

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HMMR Podcast Episode 286: Planning Q&A

It’s time to open the listener mailbag again. On this episode we answer listening questions, with a focus on questions about planning, organization, and even throw in a rant to top things off.

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More thoughts from my morning walks

Below are the latest 5 entries in my morning walk series:

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GAINcast Episode 254: In the water (with Kira Toussaint and Drew Kibler)

We often talk about training methods and culture with coaches, but the athlete’s perspective is just as important. World class swimmers Kira Toussaint and Drew Kibler join this week’s GAINcast to share their point of view. Both athletes utilize the GAIN dryland program and share their input on what they need to reach the podium and what drives the training environment in their own training group.

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This week’s thoughts from my morning walks

Below are the latest 5 entries in my morning walk series. You can also see the first 5, next 5, 5 more, and even more.

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Why the barbell strategy fails in sports performance

Planning strategies in sports have been fairly stagnate over the last few decades; often still relying on outdated Soviet-based models. In the search for fresh ideas, more and more coaches are looking to realms outside of sport for inspiration, be it from the military, business, or finance.

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