Martin Bingisser (born 16 August 1983) calls himself “the ambassador of hammer throwing”. Swiss champ, coach, former UW all-american, and international tax attorney. Martin has a personal best of 67.90m (222′ 9″) thrown at the 2011 Swiss Championships in Basel, Switzerland.
For me this off-season is all about switching to a new dynamic. For as long as I can remember, throwing has been the highest priority in my life. Now it is still up there, but on equal footing with many other pursuits. The European Championships last year were a highlight of my career and afterwards I have had to reevaluate and make a new plan for the future. That means I will be working more, coaching more, continuing to build up HMMR Media, and consequently training a lot less.
But I’ll still be training. So the first focus this offseason is on how I will fit things together with this new schedule. In talking with Dylan Armstrong and Kibwé Johnson, I am actually quite optimistic. I likely need some more rest in training and this switch could mean better results with less work. Wouldn’t that be great :-) But I have nothing to lose since it isn’t realistic to qualify for a major championships next year. If I throw far I will be ecstatic. But if I don’t it will be a good chance to learn. I am also using it as a chance to experiment with a few small changes in my training, which I’ve explained in a more detailed off-season post on my blog. By testing these things out I will get first hand feedback of what works for me.
Technically, however, my focus remains the same. I need to focus on staying lower throughout the throw and being patient more with the left leg/hip on the entry. These are stubborn points that have been difficult for me to fix on my own, so I’ll be working together more with other local clubs to make sure I have a set of eyes on me more often. As always, you can keep updated on my progress through my blog.