Earlier in the week I began a discussion with coach Derek Evely on how training needs to be tailored to the event you are training for. He provided two examples from the hammer throw by looking at two unique aspects of our event. First, the hammer throw is the only track and field event where the athlete keeps contact with the ground at all times and the goal is to lengthen the amount of ground contact. In part one, we discussed how the this fact has an impact on selecting exercises for the event. Second, hammer throwers must work together with an external object. In this final part we move on discuss how the hammer’s forces also impact training.
For the best opportunity to learn from Derek about this and other topics, check out the Canadian National Throws Conference in Ottawa from October 18-20. Derek will be presenting along with Vésteinn Hafsteinsson and Esa Utriainen on the theme of “Developing the Throws: European Perspectives.” Registration is now open. Another good read from Derek is the training talk we did two years ago.