Opportunity is defined as, “a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.”
I am so very fortunate in my career to meet many athletes and coaches. Furthermore, I am fortunate I am afforded the opportunity to work at a place that allows me to pay that good fortune forward to many athletes and coaches alike. This warms my heart.
Two of my athletes with some free time between classes, are afforded the *opportunity* to watch the 🐐, @discus70queen, at work.
At training later in the day, they had one of the best sessions of the year. That’s the power of this place.
Can you imagine seeing the likes of Sandra, Pawel, Marcel, Romani, Harting’s, and so many others come through your facility on a monthly basis? I can.
Wanna be your best? Train where the best train.
Un weekend, quello appena trascorso, denso di emozioni e ricco di prestazioni tecniche che non possono che renderci orgogliosi del percorso formativo dei nostri ragazzi. Nel corso dei campionati regionali di lanci lunghi invernali, disputati ad Ostia, si è messa in luce Gaia Giannino, che sotto la meticolosa guida tecnica di Claudia Tavelli sta crescendo giorno dopo giorno.
Ad Ostia giornata ricca di soddisfazioni per la Scuola di Atletica dello Stadio dei Marmi. Al campionato regionale di lanci in evidenza l’atleta Gaia Giannino classe 2001 (in foto) , seguita dal tecnico specialista Claudia Tavelli, che all’ultimo lancio fa volare il martello a 43.59 m, misura che le concede l’accesso ai campionati italiani di categoria. Ottime anche le prestazioni di Miriana Splendori classe 2002 con 23.36 nel giavellotto e 24.15 nel disco.
Link per consultare i risultati della manifestazione di Ostia:
Last few sessions have been really good for Cait Indestructible Mautz. This young lady does not bear this nickname for no reason. Each time life throws her down she not only gets right up, but adds in 4 sets of burpees, crunches, picks up a 40 lbs dumbbell and does a Turkish Get-Up.
This one time life threw lemons 🍋 at her; she decided to have Tommy Jones surgery just so she can come back stronger and smash those lemons back at life. Life was so confused, didn’t know how to respond.
Also once, long time ago, at a spelling bee 🐝 contest, the pronouncer gave Cait word FAILURE. She took the letter U out of it, rearranged it, and spelled it "A R-I-F-L-E", while repeatedly pointing to her right arm💪. She obviously failed to advance in that particular competition, but never stopped getting up each time she fell, refusing to accepts lemons from life, or giving her throwing arm nicknames.
The point is, don’t mess with Indestructible Cait.
Managing Postural Asymmetry
As mentioned in the previous posts there is a huge asymmetrical component of throwing a spear, caused by the repetitive coiling of the body in a single direction.
This post is going to build off the last points from last post: How can we best manage the effects of Asymmetry?
🔑: The most important thing to understand is that the resulting postural asymmetries from throwing are a *natural* adaptation to best deal with stresses that we consistently put on our bodies through throwing. But the further we let ourselves go, the greater are chances of injury.
🔑: ^Especially because training as javelin throwers requires many high intensity activities other than just throwing (sprints, jumps, lifting, etc) where huge discrepancies in postural symmetry can be pretty risky.
🔑: To keep the body in check in terms of the length-tension concept (see last post), it’s important to find ways to “coil” the body back in the opposite directions. This can be partially achieved through reps done on the opposite side (medball, throws, crossovers), but I find that the coordinative aspect tends to get in the way truly balancing reps.
🔑: One of my favorite exercises to balance out the coiling nature of throwing is the 90/90 hip drill. You’ll find one side is *way* harder than the other. Develop proficiency on both sides and you’ll be golden. Same idea applies to any twisty exercises.
🔑: Applying these concepts in the weight room and training can be a huge difference maker. Loading up massive weight on bilateral exercises can be a bit iffy if you haven’t addressed these asymmetries. Loading weight onto instability can be a bit iffy, eg heavy bilateral benching on the throwing shoulder.
🔑: ^On a similar note you can use the weight room to train all of the opposite/opposing/decelerating movements, muscles, and joint motions. Spinal flexion, external shoulder rotators, and knee strength are super important. Think about how you can train stiffness at places of instability and address the areas that are overly tight/shortened.
🔑: Maintenance of full *active* ROM is super important at *every* joint. Don’t let throwing get in the way of this.
Skipping 😆 I love skipping so much!
With the weather and coldness at the moment I think it’s absolutely essential to get my body physically warm before working out! Help get the blood flowing! I also find that a few minutes of quick cardio before working out helps mentally prepare me too. It gives you time to get into that “workout” frame of mind and visualise what you’re going to do in your workout.
3 reasons to choose skipping as a warmup:
1. It’s fun! You can do crossovers, double unders and loads of other fun tricks
2. It’s good for seeing how your stability is(try 1 legged skipping) and helps build strong healthy feet if you do it barefoot or in socks
3. It’s plyometric. It’s not going to make you dunk but you have to rebound fast continuously. Also keeps you light on the feet which is good for agility!
Tip: Have fun! When you’re warmup up or working out or just in life in general! Enjoy what you’re doing, smile and have a good time! I promise it’ll make you want to do it more!
Vid 1 was the first throw: fatigued. No focus. Zero direction.plenty of frustration.
Vid 2 was my final...
Doesn't take a whole lot to know the second looks a lot better.
The difference was just my mindset. It was easy to just say "today wasn't my day". But I refused to have that mentality. The key was to focus on ONE THING to get better at.
That's all it takes. One little thing to turn a mindset around
#stayfocused#stayconsistent#staypositive and above all...
Hammer throwing today!
Couldn't really get the camera angle to cooperate, so this is more proof I throwed than anything. I measured this time!
Had a few sucky throws, stopped recording them...and got a 50' throw (PR), you can hear me complaining (jokingly) in the first video. The other two are 48' 10" and 48'. Going to consider the 50' a PR and the rest a baseline. I was consistently in the 40-45' range, mainly around 43'. I think I'll come back out Thursday. I should be plenty recovered by then, and I'll work on better angles so I can get more useful footage.
Bonus: You get to hear me sniffling and breathing because of asthma and it being 50* and windy.
Some easy throws with the 16lb wammer. Trying to fit more than two turns on our 4x4 board is a challenge 😅 #hammerthrow#GasNoBrakes
• G O I N G F A S T • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Die Zeit fliegt am Ende des Jahres – gefühlt sogar jedes Jahr schneller. Ich hoffe, ihr habt heute die Möglichkeit, Zeit mit euren Lieben zu verbringen. Ich wünsche euch einen schönen ersten Advent. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Wie sieht euer Adventskranz aus? Regnet es bei euch auch? Trotzdem Weihnachtsmarkt oder lieber nicht?
It always seems like time is flying at the end if the year. In Germany and I am not sure where else in the world we celebrate the First Advent Sunday. We light the first of four candles on the advent wrath celebrating the last four Sundays in anticipation of Christmas. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As time is flying I hope you are having a relaxed and merry 1st Advent and that you can enjoy time with you loved ones. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What are you up to today? Did you light a candle on your Advent wrath this morning? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀