Training Talk - Conversations with a dozen master coaches
G. Martin Bingisser
HMMR Media LLC, 2018
Fireside chats. Talking shop at the bar with the lecturer you flew to see. Q&A during bathroom breaks. The sixth or seventh email on a thread you never thought you would get a response to. Skype calls. Those three-sentence notes surrounded by multiple asterisks, underlines, and boxes...
This book emitted those feelings you get with each of the above.
Filled with nuggets and pearls, Bingisser curated hours upon hours of chats with the best of the best and transcribed it into this book of conversations with a dozen master coaches.
This book was divided into two parts. Part 1, "At the Track", contains interviews with track and field coaches. In Part 2, "On the Field", Bingisser chats with leaders in team sports. Although unconfirmed, I believe this book was an edited and curated transcription of discussions from his podcasts and personal interviews with each of the experts.
Bingisser makes you feel like you're sitting in Oprah's audience. Surely he doesn't send you home with a car or a new television, but you also don't feel like you need to highlight or take copious notes while reading. You're in the audience. In the interview. You're digesting the wisdom that perspires from, cumulatively, hundreds of years of coaching and thousands of athletes coached. And what's noticed immediately are the commonalities in practices and simplicities in approaches, amongst the coaches. Here are some examples:
Posture, Position and Movement Quality:
On the Dynamic Nature of Programming and the Reality of Experience and Trial-Error:
Overall, Training Talk was a nice discussion about experiences and lessons learned in applied training theory with a little bit of coaching sprinkled in on top.