Question: I just read this interview with Dr. Bondarchuk. In it, he says the two reasons U.S. hammer throwing lags behind is because of the way we train (lack of special strength) and technique issues. You have talked a lot about how to train special strength, I would like to know what you think some of the major flaws in the U.S. style of technique is compared to what Dr. B teaches. -Jeff
The biggest technical issue holding Americans back is that we like to pull the hammer. We tend to be big and strong and try to muscle the hammer instead of pushing it and working with it. In fact, this is the biggest problem among all the world’s throwers, myself included. Take, for example some of the top American throwers from the past decade: A.G. Kruger and Kibwé Johnson.
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