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Thinking about strength (part one)

Yesterday as I watching the documentary Free Solo all I could think of is how strong Alex Honnold, as he was suspended by one hand thousands of feet above the ground. Yet I hardly think by any traditional weight room measure would he be considered strong. So what’s the deal with strength? I think we need to rethink strength training and what is strong. For over fifty years I have been puzzled by the question – How much strength is enough? I am convinced that there is no answer if we are looking in measurable terms. Alex Honnold has as much as he needs to Free Solo El Capitan. Read more

From the circle to the pitch and back

For podcast addicts, a new episode of the HMMR Podcast and GAINcast each week might not be enough. If that’s the case for you, we have a temporary cure this week as I was a guest on the Central Virginia Sport Performance Podcast with Jay DeMayo. Read more

Does that test what you think it tests?

Utilizing testing to monitor training adaptations and fitness is an important part of the training cycle. Many coaches dictate workloads by prescribing a percentage of a maximum; for example, on a given strength training day, an athlete might be prescribed to lift 75% of their maximum lift. In theory, this is all well and good, but what if the tests used don’t actually test what we think they test, to the extent we think they do? Read more

GAINcast Episode 94: Conference Highlights

Both Vern and I have been on the road a lot over the past two months, attending conferences across Europe and the US. On this week’s episode we discuss the new connections we’ve made, some key lessons learned from many of the keynote speakers, and more. Read more

Squats don’t cure cancer

Squatober is coming to an end and, depending on your social media circle, it is easy to get the impression that the squat is god’s gift to athletes. Furthermore, if you are looking for a test of manhood and mental toughness, just measure how deep one squats. Read more

The Fallacy of the Strength Reserve

There is an ongoing debate about when maximum strength training reaches a point of diminishing returns. Increasing maximum strength has benefits for athletes in nearly every sport. If an athlete increases their bench press from 200 to 300 pounds their shot put results will undoubtedly improve as a result. But will the same thing happen for an athlete that improves their bench from 400 to 450 pounds? Ask a dozen coaches and you might get a dozen different answsers. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 67: Fit It Into the Plan

In order to get the best results, strength coaches need to work with other coaches. Sometimes this is by choice, sometimes it isn’t, but in both cases you need to figure out how to fit your method into the overall plan. On this episode Nick and Martin share some tips about how to do this effectively. Read more

Sports Science Monthly – August 2016

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Welcome back to the fourth installment of Sports Science Monthly. This month’s edition will cover one of my favorite topics: sleep. But it will also spread out to discuss recovery, the extra-time period in soccer, how to measure strength, whether sex reduces performance, circadian rhythms, and the use of ketones as a performance enhancing agent. The first overview will be free for everyone, but to read the complete August edition you must be a HMMR Plus Member. HMMR Plus is a new offering we have that gives users access to exclusive content like our article archive, webinars, online meet ups, and of course Sports Science Monthly. Therefore sign up now to gain access to Sports Science Monthly and more. To see what Sports Science Monthly is about, our April and May editions are available for free. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 64: Build Your Own Method (with Greg Watson)

Greg Watson is one of the top young coaches in the country, having already guided Amanda Bingson to a US record in the hammer and producing regular stars now at Kansas State University. He has ben heavily influenced by some key mentors, but at the same time has developed a program that is distinctively his own. On this episode of the podcast he joins us to talk about how he created his own training philosophy. Read more

Bondarchuk on Individualization, Transfer and Long-Term Development

Recently publisher Ultimate Athlete Concepts and Yosef Johnson put together a series of interviews with Dr. Anatoli Bondarchuk on a wide range of topics. UAC is the top publisher of Soviet training content. They have published four books by Bondarchuk, and have new titles coming out soon too including his next book which is now available for pre-order (all these books, as well as titles from other Soviet authors, are available for purchase in the HMMR Media Bookstore). I’ve put together some highlights of the recent interview below and categorized them into five topics: individualizing training, individualizing periodization, transfer of training, long-term development and implementing change in training. Please note that I have made some grammatical corrections in the quotes, but have kept the underlying message intact in all cases. You can also find the full video interviews at the end of the post. Enjoy! Read more