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Bosch and Pryor are coming to America

Frans Bosch and John Pryor are coming to America. This December, the two top coaches will be presenting a series of seminars on the east and west coast. Frans Bosch’s 2015 book Strength Training and Coordination: An Integrative Approach started a new conversation about how to train movement and strength. John Pryor has been one of the pioneers in implementing this approach, first guiding Japan Rugby to historic results at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and now working with Fiji and several top international clubs. Both will be presenting on the theory and practice on the following dates. Read more

The State of GAIN: connecting the dots

It has been one month since GAIN 2018 finished. Eleven years ago, when we started GAIN there were 16 attendees including the faculty, this year there were 89. While the best chance to learn from everyone is to be at GAIN in person, we also are sharing some resources for those that could not make it. Last month I put together some reflections on GAIN 2018. This month on the GAINcast we share one evening’s gold medal roundtable with six members sharing experiences supporting Olympic champions. Below you can watch the first keynote from GAIN where I introduced this year’s theme: connecting the dots. Read more

GAIN 2018 wrap-up: recollections & reflections

GAIN 2018 has been finished for just a little over a week and I already can’t wait for next year – only 343 days to go for GAIN 2019! For my wife and I GAIN is a lot of work, but each year it is gratifying to see the work come to fruition. For all involved it is a special time of learning and sharing with other with professionals across many disciplines and sports with varied perspectives from around the world. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 159: Lessons from GAIN

Every June, we both make a trip to Houston for Vern Gambetta’s annual GAIN conference. With faculty included strength coaches, sport coaches, physical therapists, trainers, academics and sports scientists from a variety of professional and amateur sports, it provides a chance to learn and share. On this week’s podcast we broadcast live from the event and recap the key lessons learned on each day of the event. Read more

HMMR in Houston

We’re proud to announce our next seminar tailored specifically to training for the throwing events. On June 16th Nick Garcia and I will be presenting at Rice University in Houston. Through both classroom instruction and demonstrations, we’ll show you various ways to program for the heavy throws, share our training plans, walk participants through key exercises and progressions, and more. It willl be a great opportunity to learn and see first hand how to put a program together in a variety of ways. Read more

Getting the most out of continuing professional development

I recently returned from the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) Southeast Asian Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning in Singapore. My experience at the conference and the communication I have had since returning to Hong Kong has given me reason to consider the value that comes from attending such events and a few things that coaches can do to get the most out of continuing professional development (CPD). Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 142: The coach’s classroom

Formalized coaching education and certification has been around for a long time, but as sport evolves so has the education structures that support it. On this week’s podcast we’ve got a roundtable discussion with several track and field organizations to look at what changes are on the horizon for coaches education. Joining us are Mike Turk (USATF Coaches Education Executive Committee), Carrie Lane (USTFCCCA Track and Field Academy Instructor), and Darren Ritchie (Scottish Athletics Heading of Coaching Development). Read more

GAINcast Episode 103: All about GAIN XI

With just four months until the next GAIN event, the lineup and schedule are starting to fall in place. On this week’s episode of the GAINcast we announce the new faculty, presentation topics, changes at GAIN XI, and more general information about this year’s event. Read more

Announcing the GAIN 2018 faculty

Our faculty is a very special group with a tremendous breadth of experiences and a track record of excellence in their chosen fields. They know how a performance team works, how all aspects of athletic development complement each other and most importantly they understand the process of developing athletes. The faculty and their willingness to share and interact make GAIN special. They know how to connect the dots and still stay grounded in the basics. They completely live the GAIN Mission which is: To focus on the possibilities for enhancing human movement with no limits or limitations and emphasize connections and links between all disciplines in the same manner we emphasize connections and linkages in the body. Read more

Is that functional training or a circus trick?

An Vern always says, you shouldn’t try to mimic the game in training, you should try to distort it. During last month’s HMMR Media Hangout, another member asked me about how a coach knows when something has been distorted too much. The question got me thinking because this is an issue you see all around. At a certain point, if you distort things too much they start to get weird. Read more