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HMMR Podcast Episode 29: Specific Development

Nick and I talk all the time about the simple exercise classification scheme we have taken from Bondarchuk. We try to focus more energy on the specific developmental exercises (SDEs) where the competition movement and strength training converge. But what do we look for when we choose an “specific strength” exercise from this category? And what are some of our favorites? On this week’s episode we dive into those questions. Read more

The Next Step

There has been a lot of speculation over the last month on Letsrun and Macthrowvideo about what the next step in my career will be. As of yesterday the news is finally official: Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 18: Tools of the Trade

What do you look for when you are buying some new implements or training equipment? After a a record-length podcast last week, Nick and I have a quick chat covering of what we are looking for when shopping for new stuff. Whether it relates to feeling, quality, or durability, we have some tips for you. Read more

Strength vs. Skill

Any talk about implementing a specific strength training plan brings up the inevitable discussion of disrupting the athlete’s rhythm. In the throwing events we will often throw hammers that are heavier or lighter than normal in order to improve specific strength. There is no doubt this improves strength, but you also cannot deny that it changes the movement’s rhythmic structure. For this reason some coaches only throw the competition implement. No matter your conclusion, the important part is the analysis: as a coach you need look at whether the training will help your for the sport and the athlete. Where it might be a good idea to do certain types of special strength training in one sport, it could be inadvisable in another. And while one athlete can handle a certain loads of special strength work, another might break down. Throughout this all the overarching factor to consider is where the sport falls on the skill-strength continuum. Read more

Ask Martin Vol. 29: Cardio for Throwers

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Question: My athlete is on the cusp of breaking into senior elite competitions, but her fitness is lacking. What can I do to improve this? I was thinking about integrating times runs in to build a little fitness? -Coach Henry Read more

Special Deal on Short Wires

Note: this offer has expired as it was on a first come first serve basis, but we still offer wires of any length for the lowest price online. Click here for details.

We sell some of the best hammer wires around and have a limited number of short hammer wires available for purchase at a steep discount of just $3.33 per wire. Details are below. I hand make each wire to specification to ensure top quality and performance. (Also if you are interested in normal length wires, we also sell those at the lowest prices online) Read more

Lessons Learned From Beijing: Kibwé’s Reflections

I just got back from the World Championships and put a few thoughts together on my experience there for Throwholics yesterday. You can also read it below. For some of my thoughts heading into the championships you can also check out my last post. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 10: Implement It

You might have notice this episode arrived a week early. With some extra time over the summer Nick and I decided to try doing the podcasts on a weekly basis until we run out of time or ideas (whatever comes first). Read more

I Am a Fine Wine

Ok, I’m a box o’ wine. I’m not too proud!

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” -Stephen Hawking

Age does funny things to the human athlete. How we adapt to it is possibly more important than competing itself. How one adapts may be the difference between having a prolonged career and retirement. Read more