Listening to GAINcast 111 at the start of the month got me thinking. On that episode Vern Gambetta and Martin Bingisser talked about how you can creatively use your training environment when you lack equipment. I realized that, as an athletics coach, there are numerous hidden training tools around me every day at the track: hurdles, steps, partners, nets, mats, and more. Listening to the episode gave me inspiration to share some of the possibilities I’ve found at the track in the video below. Read more
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Last month on the podcast, Martin and I discussed some of the various training methods we use to target leg strength. As this month’s HMMR Media site theme is “beyond the barbell” it made sense for us to dig a little deeper into the methods we use outside the weight room and what options are available to coaches in this regard. Read more
October is coming to an end, and with that our theme of “back to the basics.” We are saving the best for last and this weekend we released our latest webinar. Through a new joint venture with Vern Gambetta and GAIN, we are bringing members video world-class presentations from GAIN, starting with sticks and straps from Steve Myrland. Read more
HMMR Media returned to its roots over the past month and put together some great information on the throws. Over the past few years we have added more contents about athletic development and training for other sports. But we still want to be the go to place for quality information about training for the throwing events. Read more
Everything old is new again. Medicine ball training has been around since Persian wrestlers trained with sand-filled bladders thousands of years ago. But over the past few decades medicine balls have received more widespread adoption as a tool to develop coordination and power. Today we release our latest HMMR Classroom video. This is the fifth in our series and it focuses on medicine balls. On the 20 minute video Nick Garcia and I discuss why we use medicine balls and then demonstrate four sample medicine ball routines. You can get a taste for what the video includes in the snippet below. Read more
Last weekend we held our first weekend training camp for the Swiss hammer throwers. As part of the Swiss hammer project we gathered together the top athletes and coaches for a chance to learn from each other and have a bit of fun. Even though I get to work with my throwers all the time, they benefited a lot too. Having a weekend focused only on hammer let us take a step back and analyze a few things we have overlooked. Read more
Senior Adam Kelly (Barrington, RI) repeated as New Balance Indoor National champion on Sunday. His winning throw of 81’5.25″ won by more than three feet and is shown below: Read more
Thanksgiving day is a bit different in Switzerland. For starters, I have to work. Turkeys are harder to find. And no one understands what stuffing is. But this year it was nevertheless special since it was the last day of my first eight-week block of training this season. That gives me a good opportunity to look back at the first two months of training and see how things are going after all of the changes I implemented this year.
As I’ve said before I have two goals for the European Championships. The first is to throw far and this project starts tomorrow. The second is to help publicize the hammer. That began several weeks ago.
After my selection to the Swiss team the hammer has received a lot of media coverage, both positive and negative. I’ll have more about the media coverage after the championships, but as they say there is no such thing as bad publicity. My favorite piece was just posted today by the online startup news site Watson.ch. They came to training two weeks ago with all kinds of toys: GoPros, a drone, and a camera I didn’t dare ask how much it cost. They put them all in the line of fire to capture the hammer throw from every imaginable angle.
The result is a great introductory video for our event showing how the event looks and capturing some fascinating facts about the hammer. Take a look and share to let others know which track and field event is the best!