Apr 15, 2021
EvelChat #12 "The Throws General(ist)": A Chat with Don Babbitt
Play • 2 hr 38 min

Legendary US / NCAA (Georgia) Throws Coach Don Babbitt has a resume second to few in the throwing world. Coach of numerous NCAA, World & Olympic Medallists, he is perhaps best known as the guiding force behind Adam Nelson (Olympic & World Champion) & Reese Hoffa (World Champion, Olympic Bronze Medallist). This is an EvelChat for all coaches, regardless of event.

Topics include:

  • Captain Azimuth
  • Don’s generalist background
  • Charlie Sheen cheating off him in high school
  • How a Polish Decathlete made a difference in Don’s life
  • Western & Eastern European influences in his coaching
  • Eastern European vs. Western athletes
  • Where weight room strength fits into throwing training
  • Assigning strength loads for athletes at different levels
  • Hanging with Jurgen Schult, Udo Beyer & Ulf Timmerman
  • Athleticism in throwing
  • Differences in coaching Adam Nelson & Reese Hoffa
  • Bondarchuk & strength for the shot put
  • Developing max strength in a throwing program
  • Strength and power vs execution
  • Variable implement weight throwing
  • Periodizing variable weight implements
  • Separation of throwing weights
  • Choosing implements for teaching technique
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