“We will free ourselves from naive and abstract types of conclusions: as for example, to throw the hammer such and such distance it is necessary to do the barbell squat a certain number of time, the power clean a certain number of times and so on. The time of primitiveness has already passed and the time has come to look at the problem all the more seriously.”
Anatoliy Bondarchuk in “Transfer of Training in Sports,” available from Ultimate Athlete Concepts
The quote above may sound like the beginning of a throwing manifesto, but instead it is part of the simple conclusion in my coach’s 2007 book Transfer of Training in Sports. Besides the occasional article in obscure journals, little of substance has been published by or about coach Bondarchuk in English. He has a wealth of knowledge that guided him, and many of his athletes, to gold medals and world records in the throwing events. Since moving to Canada in 2005, throwers across North America have gradually started to learn more about his coaching methodology. He has spoken at clinics across North America and published two books in recent years. If you been following my site, you’ll know I also have been writing about his philosophies, but I don’t have the space or time to really do it justice. Since Bondarchuk’s second book was just published last month, I figured it would be a good time to review both of his new books. This post discusses his first new book, as translated by Dr. Michael Yessis. I’ll review his second book next week.
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