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Coaches Corner: Comprehending World Class Coaching

For years I wondered how the best coaches in the world handled programming, periodization, and technical work. Over and over again, I would ponder how coaches achieved impressive results, how did they communicate with their best athletes and what was the progression from block to block. Fortunately, I was able to spend time with Dr. Anatoly Bondarchuk, I was able to see how an Olympic champion trained an Olympic medalist and how he developed lower level throwers (Justin Rodhe) into a world-class thrower with pristine technical movement. That year of training gave me an incredible understanding of what programming and technical development actually meant.

These questions still persist. Throughout the past decade, I still want to know what other coaches are doing, I am still interested in seeing their methods of communication AND I want to know how they lay out their programs and provide insight into the direction of planning. As I have slowly grown through the coaching ranks, people are less and less willing to open their ideas and share them. This became a point of contention, a point of frustration and ultimately something that I wanted to change!

At Throws University, we consistently get asked these specific questions:

  1. How do you guys program from block to block for your throwers?

  2. How do you identify technical errors and address them with your throwers?

  3. How do you program differently for different throwers?

  4. What are the top-end strength goals for your throwers?

  5. How many days a week and implements do your throwers use?

  6. How do you educate your throwers on the big picture of training but still get them to focus on day to day execution?

Today, Trevor and I have decided to change the face of elite throws coaching in the US, the world! We have designed Coaches Corner, an interactive platform that enables you to see the back end of world-class programming.

Who is behind Coaches Corner?

It’s a list of our top ten best throwers globally. To get into Coaches Corner, our throwers MUST have achieved one of the following standards.

  • Men’s Shot Put: 19.50+

  • Men’s Discus: 60 meters+

  • Women’s Shot Put: 17.50+

  • Women’s Discus: 57m+

What is Coaches Corner?

This is a program that includes the following:

  • Technical Analysis for each specific thrower

  • Program Overview and Analysis video for each specific thrower

  • Program goals for each thrower

  • Technical Cues for each thrower

  • Comment section for the thrower, coach (Dane) and followers to participate.

How often is it updated?

I update each athlete’s page every time they receive a new training program or have new program goals. On average this is every 3 weeks for each athlete. Each week at least 3 throwers will receive a new program, providing a new peak behind progression each session.

What happens if more of your throwers hit the standards provided?

They will also be included in Coaches Corner! Let’s go Legend, Cam, DeWald and everyone else nipping at the standard.

What is the overall goal of Coaches Corner?

Our big goal is to provide behind the scenes view of our coaching and communication. We want to improve our coaching connection AND provide a quality product. We will be growing this page and improving it over time and look forward to continuing to aid in the development of the throwing community.

How does this help ThrowsU?

By improving our coaching communication, in theory we will improve the results of our throwers. This is an Olympic year and we want the absolute BEST for our throwers. We also believe that our customers deserve to see behind the scenes. This is what I dreamed of seeing as a young thrower, as a young coach and now it is time to pay it forward!

Check out Coaches Corner HERE! It is available for $27/month!

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