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ATLANTA - JUNE 18:  John Godina competes in the shot put during the Titan Games June 18, 2004 at Centenial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Episode 46: Chasing Excellence (with John Godina)

When I was first starting out as a shot putter, John Godina was THE man in the sport. His technique was smooth as silk and he simply did not lose. After setting the still standing NCAA record, winning four world titles and two Olympic medals, Godina finally hung up his shoes in 2008, but that was not his end in the sport. He since founded Altis, which he now runs as CEO. Altis has grown as a training center with more than 100 elite track and field athletes and a coaching center featuring a growing education program. On this episode of the podcast he joins us to discuss some of the lessons he has learned from his career of chasing excellence in every pursuit. Read more

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Episode 42: World Indoors (with Adam Nelson)

This week’s episode Nick and I are together for the first time and recording from the floor of the Oregon Convention Center at the World Indoor Track and Field Championships. We give some feedback on the meet and our observations on coaching during competitions. Then special guest Olympic gold medalist Adam Nelson joins us to give us his thoughts on the competition. Read more

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Episode 39: Beast Mode (with Noah Bryant)

Noah Bryant is one of the rare power athletes that achieved success in many sports. In the shot put he was a multiple-time NCAA champion and made Team USA. He has also put up world class numbers in Olympic lifting (210kg clean) and powerlifting (raw 500 pound bench press). He joins the podcast this week to reflect on some lessons learned in his career and how strength needs a strong culture to thrive. Read more

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Episode 29: Specific Development

Nick and I talk all the time about the simple exercise classification scheme we have taken from Bondarchuk. We try to focus more energy on the specific developmental exercises (SDEs) where the competition movement and strength training converge. But what do we look for when we choose an “specific strength” exercise from this category? And what are some of our favorites? On this week’s episode we dive into those questions. Read more

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Lessons Learned from Beijing: Numbers Don’t Lie

Many of the other authors on HMMR Media have taken a look back at the world championships. Vern looked at what led Ashton Eaton to a new world record. Kibwé reflected on his own performance. And Martin looked at an interesting connection between first round fouls and making the finals. I wanted to answer a simple question: which country performed the best. So Martin and I compiled some statistics to help answer that question. Read more

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Lessons Learned From Beijing: Don’t Foul Your First Throw

The world championships came to a close on Sunday and the throwing events could not have ended on a higher note. Sitting in bronze medal position, women’s javelin thrower Kathrina Molitor was given the last throw in the Olympic Stadium. All of the fans were on their feet as Lu Huihui was in the lead and about to get China their second gold of the championships. Then Molitor let out a monster throw. After the measurement it turned out to be a personal best, world lead, and a gold medal performance. This was just the final highlight of the meet; the entire nine days of action was fun to watch, with historic and thrilling performances across the board. But now that the dust is settled we can sift through competition to find some lessons learned. Read more

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Do the Shoes Matter?

When I began throwing the shot in 1997 I pretty much knew nothing about the sport, what shoes to wear, whose technique to copy, etc. I just did what I was told to do by a coach who was there probably once a week. Proof of this is the fact that my first pair of throwing shoes were the classic turquoise, orange, and beige Nike Zoom Rotationals. These were obviously too fast and too advanced for a beginning thrower, especially a glider in the shot put. I was fortunate enough to have a solid Junior College coach Jeff Dunn. He was not well versed in relation to the rotational technique so we stuck with the glide even at 5-foot 7-inches tall. Read more

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Episode 10: Implement It

You might have notice this episode arrived a week early. With some extra time over the summer Nick and I decided to try doing the podcasts on a weekly basis until we run out of time or ideas (whatever comes first). Read more

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Turn The Right

Last week I reviewed Bondarchuk’s latest book on long-term development. By my count Bondarchuk has now published 8 books in English as well as 6 limited release booklets. He has written about topics from transfer of training to strength training to long term development. He also just released the final volume of his periodization series. But there is one topic that has been missing so far from his bibliography: throwing. Read more

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Season Training Plan Video

NICK-GARCIA-3Over the course of last season I was asked to put together a weekly video journal that tracked my team’s training and progress throughout the season. Championships Products has just compiled them and released this as a resource for coaches to learn from. Read more