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Talking tactical periodization with Dean Benton

I first met Dean Benton at the 2013 International Festival of Athletics Coaching in Glasgow. Benton was presenting about his work in rugby at a track and field conference and I was entranced at the dynamics of the sport. As we shared a mentor, Vern Gambetta, we kept in touch. Two years ago he moved to Europe from his native Australia to take over sports science at England Rugby. Since then I’ve had a chance to visit his training several times and see first hand how he puts some of his concepts in practice. Read more

GAINcast Episode 137: The microcycle

If coaches sit around and talk about training, the discussion quickly focuses on either exercise selection and session design or periodization. In other words, we tend to focus on the small picture or the big picture. The microcycle is what connects the two. Coaches can get things right at both ends of the spectrum and still miss the mark if they do not connect them. On this episode of the GAINcast we talk about key the importance of the microcycle, key points to consider in designing the microcycle, and some examples from our own plans. Read more

A primer on tactical periodization

This month HMMR Media has been presenting a lot of new content about the work of Frans Bosch and John Pryor. While much of their contributions to coaching have been in the area of coordination and agility training, John Pryor’s work with Japan Rugby has also pioneered another area of performance: tactical periodization. Read more

What exercise classification can and can’t do for your training

You can classify exercises in a number of ways: on a scale of specificity, by the plane of movement, by degrees of freedom, by the speed of movement, or through various other methods. One approach is that of Anatoli Bondarchuk, who we have covered many times on our podcast and in our webinar on his training methods, which divides exercises into four categories based on his definition of specificity. In talking with coaches over the past few years, his method provides a simple tool that coaches in any spot can implement. But let’s be clear, it also has it’s limitations, like any method of exercise classification. Exercise classification is the start of a process, not the solution itself. There are certain things that exercise classification can and cannot do. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 169: Reflections

Off-season training is about to start up in many sports. Like other coaches, we are putting our plans together and using this time to reflect back on how things went last year. On this week’s podcast we discuss what we’ll do differently next year in a few key areas like in-season training, periodization, progressions, and more. Read more

Sports Science Monthly – August 2018

Welcome back to another edition of Sports Science Monthly. This month, we take a closer look at periodizing some different aspects of training, sleep as a measurement for overtraining, building resilience, supplements, and several other topics. Read more

From simple to advanced individualization

A few years ago I had a long conversation with a old and successful coach who told me that his plan fits to every athlete. As he put it: “They will get used to it after a while and then they will improve a lot.” He couldn’t convince me with this. What I saw in his group at this time was frustration and injuries. This kept coming up again and again with his athletes, but he was not willing to think where this could came from. For me the answer was clear. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 156: Master the method (with Derek Evely)

You can’t just learn a new training method from reading a book. You have to live it, you have to experiment with it, and you have to understand all the different parts. Derek Evely has spent his career studying the top training methods in sport, and there is one method he keeps coming back to: Bondarchuk. He’s working on an upcoming course to help coaches look under the hood and learn from his trials and failures. On this week’s podcast he joins us to dig deep into two concepts: exercise classification and rest phases. Read more

Martin auf Deutsch

Next week marks the eight year anniversary of when I fully relocated to Switzerland. I’ve been busy coaching the entire time, having athletes capture 20 national titles, but often I feel like I am better known in the US and UK than here at home. Part of the reason for that is that nearly everything I write or talk about is in English. The other reason is that the field of strength and conditioning here in Switzerland is decades behind the English-speaking world and our neighbors such as Germany and France. Read more

All periodization is undulating

Why does periodization – or as I prefer to call it Planned Performance Training (PPT) – have to be either linear or undulating? Frankly in my application of the principles of planned performance training for 49 years I have observed that adaptation is always undulating. The body does nothing in a linear manner, so therefore all periodization is undulating. Read more