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HMMR Podcast Episode 131: The Masters Athlete (with Matt Foreman)

One of the sad realities in life is that training at age 40 is just not the same as training at age 20. The sooner we accept that, the better we can plan training for experienced athletes. On this week’s episode weightlifting coach Matt Foreman joins us to discuss training as a masters athlete, his own experiences, and the mental side of staying focused as the years go by. Read more

Creating adaptable athletes

You may think 240,000 miles is a long way, but it feels even longer when things start going wrong and that’s the distance to safety. This was the situation facing Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they descended to the moon in their lunar module in July 1969, preparing to be the first humans to set foot on our rocky satellite, taking the one giant leap for mankind that they have become famous for. Read more

What can the Glasgow effect teach us about stress and adaptation?

This summer ALTIS coach Stuart McMillan wrote “I don’t read coaching books anymore – but all books I read are about coaching.” This is an interesting concept, and it illustrates the importance of knowledge outside of your narrow sphere of expertise. Put simply, once you’ve read a few coaching books, you’ve essentially read them all – there are very few new ideas out there in the coaching world. The same can be said for scientific research; once you have a good base of knowledge in a specific area, there are actually very few groundbreaking papers in that particular niche that drive the field forwards. Read more

Understanding stress and adaptation with John Kiely

I hate to break it to you, but the body is not a machine . You can give a machine an input and it produces an expected output. With the body you give it an input, and you can never precisely predict what will come out of it. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 121: The Peak Master (with Dale Stevenson)

At this year’s World Championships Tom Walsh emerged as the surprise champion in the shot put. Insiders, however, were caught slightly less off guard as Walsh has been the most consistent big meet performer over the past few years. On this week’s episode his coach Dale Stevenson comes back on the show to discuss training both the mental and physical dimensions of peaking and how coaches can create processes to continue to improve even at the highest level. Read more

The Little Engine That Could: I Think I Can & I will!

Maybe this is subliminal programming from my childhood, but I grew up thinking I could. One of my favorite books as a child was The Little Engine That Could. Read more

The Biology of Our Behaviors

In sport, we’re defined as much by our failures as we are our successes. In my athletics career, I won a World Championships medal, a European Indoor Silver medal, a European under-23 Silver Medal, a European Junior 100m Gold medal, and numerous national senior and age group medals. I was selected for two Olympic Games and five World Championships across two different sports, and yet I’m still perhaps best known for being responsible for being responsible for the disqualification of Great Britain’s 4x100m relay team at the 2008 Olympics, in the event in which we were reigning Gold medalists. Read more

GAINcast Episode 71: Peak Performance Part 2 (with Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness)

On part one of our interview with Peak Performance authors Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness we covered the stress-growth formula and productivity strategies like single-tasking. On this week’s GAINcast we continue the discussion to discuss how skills come from struggling, sleep, the role of focus and thought in performance, and more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 70: Peak Performance Part 1 (with Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness)

What does it take to reach peak performance in sport or in life? The new book Peak Performance by Steve Magness and Brad Stulberg attempts to answer this question and on this week’s GAINcast they join us for the first part of an interview on the topic where we discuss the stress-growth formula, productivity strategies like single-tasking, and more. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 106: Parenting Athletes

Whether they want to or not, parents play a large role in determine the success of their children. Part of this is in the genes they pass on, but a bigger part is in how they raise and nurture their children. On this episode of the podcast we take a look at the topic from the coach’s perspective: how do we see parents best helping their child’s success. Plus, we include an excerpt on the topic from an upcoming GAINcast episode with Steve Magness and Brad Stulberg. Read more