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Every young thrower dreams of training like Rocky.

Ask Martin Vol. 13: Rocky IV and the Hammer Throw

Question: As a very stereotypical American hammer guy myself (I did not throw until college, focused on getting strong, threw the weight, etc.) I can tell you that I really wanted to outwork people when I was training. I wanted to grind it out and bleed to be good in a very Rocky IV kind of way. If we can agree that Americans are too obsessed with maximum strength and this is holding our hammer back… is this simply an individual track coach problem, or is it culturally influenced? Is our cultural heritage holding us back in in the hammer, while helping us in the shot put? Are the fine skills of hammer too nuanced for our firepower and bootstrap pulling things we tend to glorify? -Coach Lynden

The influence of culture on track and field and athletics has been a hot topic lately. Just this week, Sports Illustrated’s David Epstein just spoke about his current book project with the House of Run. There is a big reason for the attention: every culture has traits that leads to success in some sports and creates hurdles in others.


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