Tag Archive for: Plyometrics

A structured process to improve training quality

In the age of big data, quantities have taken over the attention of many coaches. Quality, on the other hand, often takes a back seat as it is not as easily put in a spreadsheet. Yet when we look at high performance, quality is the factor that defines coaching and performance. High training quality is the basis of world-class coaching; it is what separates excellent from average coaching. Quality of performance in the arena is also directly proportional to quality of the preparation. You cannot hope for high quality performance with low quality preparation.

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HMMR Podcast Episode 316: Individualizing training (with Paul Solberg)

A lot of coaches like to talk about building individualized training plans, but more often that not their athlete’s programs start looking all the same. Paul Solberg is a bit different. He’s coaching some of the world’s top throwers, and they take very different approaches to reach the same goal. He joins us on this week’s podcast to share his process for understanding athletes, tailoring training plan, training intensities, building training blocks, and much more.

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HMMR Podcast Episode 314: Jump around (with Jeremy Fischer)

At first glance, throwers and jumpers might seem like they live on opposite ends of the athletic spectrum, but they have more in common than you might think. Both even groups require athletes to produce immense amount of power in short bursts, focus on highly technical and specific training, and be patient over years of development. On this week’s podcast world-class jumps coach Jeremy Fischer looks at some of the parallels between the event groups and their training.

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Top training resources of 2022

It’s been another year of learning on HMMR Media. In 2022 our 36 contributors produced 52 podcast episodes, over 100 articles, 4 premium video lessons, 6 site themes, 20 detailed research article summaries in our Sports Science Quarterly, and dozens of new exercises to our movement library.

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A systems approach to calf complex injuries

At beginning of this year we penned our thoughts on the hamstring injury phenomena and illustrated how a reductionist approach to reducing hamstring injuries just doesn’t work. A complex problem can’t be solved by something as simple as getting stronger; it demands a more holistic interpretation. Below we turn our attention to a similar injury trend: injuries to the calf complex.

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May/June 2022 in review: jumping

Throughout May and June we looked at team at jumping. Our team of contributors put together 1 new video lesson, 4 new podcasts and 6 new articles on the topic from 9 contributors. Find links to both our new and archived resources on jumping below.

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Lessons on bounding from John Pryor

Bounding is a core component of track and field training and one of the most powerful forms of plyometrics. As with any powerful tool it is a double edged sword. Used effectively it can be one of the best tools to develop reactive strength. Used poorly it can hinder mechanics or lead to injury. In our latest video lesson, coach John Pryor looks in detail at bounding and discusses how he uses bounds effectively for his athletes. Below are four key lessons that I took away from him.

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A guide to jumping for throwers

When I think of jumping for throwers, Werner Günthör is the first athlete that comes to mind. The 130-kilogram Swiss shot putter could almost fly and this explosive strength helped him capture three world titles. Jumping is perhaps the ultimate expression of power and can play an integral role in preparing throwers. But as with anything, it needs to be adapted to the needs of the sport and athlete, especially in a sport whether athletes can be massive. Below are a few considerations for integrating jumps into the physical preparation of throwers.

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The power of instructions in jumping

As strength coaches we focus a lot on exercise selection. But exercise execution is just as critical: perform the same exercise differently and you can train two entirely different physical qualities. On last month’s GAINcast with Professor Warren Young we got one great example: how you intrust an athlete to perform a drop jump can lead to drastically different execution.

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Adding the hips into jump training

Jumps come in all different forms, and so does jump training. By tweaking how we perform jumping movements in training, we can focus on different physical qualities and skills.

For example a standard countermovement jumps or squat jumps are more knee dominant, primarily utilizing power from the quadriceps to extend the knee. Allow athletes to use their arms and they can create more momentum from the shoulders as well. Reactive drop jumps, on the other hand, are more ankle dominant. Top performers have great ankle stiffness that allows them to have shorter ground contact time despite the higher eccentric forces. But what about the hips? The hips play a central role in nearly all athletic movements, but jumps training often neglects the action of the hips and core.

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