Last week the Rugby Strength Coach Podcast sat down with one of our contributors, Craig Pickering. Host Keir Wenham-Flatt from Argentina Rugby talked with Craig aboud the link between high performance and sports science, his experiences as an athlete, and his transition from one sport to another. You can listen to the whole episode here: Read more
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Later today Australia and Argentina will square off for the hottest ticket in rugby: a chance to face New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium in next Saturday’s World Cup final. Just two and a half weeks later a slightly less in-demand event will take place at the historic home of rugby union: I will be presenting a seminar. Read more
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This month I will be posting about three new books from Bondarchuk. Even though he just turned 75, he has been as busy writing as ever. The first book I will cover is Champion School: A Year to Year Model for Developing Elite Athletes. With the help of Dr. Michael Yessis, who also translated Bondarchuk’s successful Transfer of Training series, he turns his attention to the big picture of long-term development. Read more
Among the many great coaches I got to meet at the HMMR Media seminar series last year was strength coach Joel Smith. Joel works as a strength coach for track and several other sports at UC Berkeley. In addition, he runs a great training website Just Fly Sports where he and other authors write about strength and conditioning, speed training, vertical jumping training, and more. Read more
Podcasts are popping up all over the place and as many as desperate for content I’ve even been able to get on a few of them. Over the past year I’ve been on Wil Fleming’s Performance Podcast, Sports Coach Radio, and most recently Ultimate Athlete Concepts Podcast. And then last month I sat down with the All Things Strength and Wellness podcast which was released this week. You can listen to the entire episode below as well as some additional resources I’ve put together on the topics we discussed. Read more
I’ve had the chance to talk with many elite athletes and coaches for this blog, but hands down my favorite interview was with two-time Olympic medalist Jüri Tamm several years ago. We had a wide ranging discussion about the decline of Soviet dominance, talent identification, technique, training, and many other topics. But what made it so interesting is that I knew so little about him before we met. When he told me he would be in Switzerland again recently, I took a three hour train ride just to meet him for a coffee.
Look at the two sporting superpowers of post war era, Germany and the Soviet Union/post-Soviet states, and you find two very different approaches to training. Both have produced amazing results, but interestingly ideas like periodization, the concept of transfer of training, block training, complex training, special strength, etc. came just from one of the two powerhouses. Try to think of the most influential names in training methods and you’ll have to scroll well past luminaries like Leo Matveyev, Yuri Verkhoshansky, Vladimir Issurin, Vladimir Zatsiorsky and of course my coach Anatoliy Bondarchuk before you find many Germans. How come so many revolutionary ideas came from just one of these countries? Read more
I’ve done lots of presentations about training before, but last weekend was a first. This was the first time I’d presented for a whole day. And it was the first time I’ve presented so long in German. And it was a blast. For once I could explain concepts in depth, with concrete examples of how things fit together, rather than having time constraints force me to keep things at a higher level.
The seminar also served as a test for the upcoming HMMR Media seminar series in America later this month. I will be flying to the US in less than two weeks to join forces with Notre Dame coach Nick Garcia and Cal coach Mo Saatara to go into even more depth on these topics.
Editor’s Note: Zac Brouillette is HMMR Media’s newest writer. He recently joined the Innovative Athletic Performance Institute in Florida as the Director of Speed, Strength, and Conditioning. Prior to that he worked as the Director of Sports Performance at Ohio University. But, most importantly, he was a hammer thrower in college. Now he is taking that background and applying it to athletes in a multitude of sports.
To start out with, we thought it would be helpful to have Zac answer a few questions to learn about his background, his viewpoint, and his experiences. Check it out below. Zac also has been blogging for a little while on his own blog, and we’ve copied his archive over to HMMR Media. Read it here, or go to directly to some of the more popular posts about his brick method, healthy eating, or lessons learned from Dan Pfaff. Read more
Bondarchuk is best known for his work on transfer of training. But so much focus on the specific side of his training, the special strength exercises for example, blurs that fact that our training is very holistic in nature as I’ve written about before. Some common misconceptions of Bondarchuk are that he thinks:
- General strength is not important for throwers.
- Maximum strength is not important for throwers.
- We do not train general strength.
- All we do is throw.