Sean Denard, Throws Coach at Grand Valley State Univeristy.
Who do you coach?
Justin Rodhe, Nick Baatz and my crew at Grand Valley State University.
Where do you train?
With my college athletes we train in Grand Rapids at Grand Valley State University and with my post collegiates it varies from wisconsin, Canada and the desert.
What is the core of your off-season training goals, philosophy?
In offseason I want to thoroughly map out nervous system and to grow awareness of my athletes reactions to my athletes. We take many throws, a lot of general work and a good deal of special prep. We need to know what reactions we have to means and methods so that when we get into competitive season we have a solid arsenal of tools for periodization, in order to best do this the athletes have to beat understand what they are feeling and what they are doing, so that is why we must build their awareness.
Do your athletes throw in the off-season? If so, what is the goal of the throwing?
We always throw unless it’s period of rest away from training. The goal of the throwing is to improve technique, improve throwing fitness and to improve awareness of our body to better attack these things. Most Americans do not throw enough and they don’t throw enough hard. Athletes should be able to take 40 full throws in a day and have most of them be with relatively high efficiency. If they cannot then they are not in good throwing shape and are not ready to train. Volume is key to success, volume of training and volume of rest and high qualities of them too.
What weight lifting exercises do you focus on?Does that change during the competitive-season?
We focus mostly on the exercise of throwing, this is always the case, what varies is our implementation and focus on other energy systems as defined as special development, special prep and General prep. We experiment and find the best recipes of these energy systems to create a periodization plan for the year. Best bar exercises vary from event to event but olympic lifts are great, followed by standing presses and trunk exercises.
Are you going to try anything new this off-season? If so, what?
I’m experimenting with creating new means and methods to create a phase of sports form. Working with college athletes always presents obstacles whether they go home to break on a month to the farm or to their home in the city with no where to throw. Dealing with the stress of college and university is always changing too, some kids are English majors, others are Pre-Med so energy, focus and fatigue they are usually on different plains.
Are you using any new equipment?
This is my first year at Grand Valley and we have an indoor complex where we can throw discus for distance quite often so we are getting good use of that, we also have some long weights that we’re going to play with.
Is there anything you would like to do but cannot, such as?
We have pretty much everything we need here, we throw hammer discus and javelins indoors for distance. We have our own throwing arena outdoors, we have a ton on implements. We have weights next to indoor throwing area and next to outdoor throwing area and we have great team of Throwers. This is as good as it gets.
Do you take your group to warm weather training?
Being a college coach that is very hard to do. But on breaks I try to get something with my post collegiates whether it’s for a few days or a few weeks.
When do you plan to compete again?
At home on January 9th
What do you do to relax? Vacations planned?
I like to throw, lift, read and write. No vacations planned but I enjoy pretty much every day as though I am, not many people get to work with their passion. Every day I get to engineer and I love it.
What do you do to for your own fitness/ health? I expeYou riment my means and methods on myself before giving to athletes.
What are your goals for 2015 and 2016? I’d like to be a part of a couple National Championship Teams in NCAA, I’d like to get several of my collegians into USAs and into finals there as well. I’d like my post collegians to compete at USAs, Canadian National Championships, PanAm Games, IAAF Worlds and in 2016 to get several from both groups to the Trials and into the Games.
Please add anything else you find interesting. You do not need to jump to throw far, you do not need to lift heavy to throw far. You need maturity, awareness, motivation, a system, infrastructure and the day in and day out peaks and valleys of suffering and realization. If we applied this to our training in throwing and our training for life we could accomplish great things.