Blog RSS

With the offseason in full swing, I am seeing more and more approaches and outlines for people's offseason plans. One of the things I find in increased popularity is mobility and even flexibility as a way for athletes to improve their throws. While increased flexibility is never a bad thing, is it really a needed focus for the off-season? The arguments I hear are:- He/she feels their lack of perceived mobilit keeps them from hitting the correct positions in the throws.- He/she thinks that if they can get to postions of greater torque, then they will automatically throw further (i.e....

Read more

We all know that nothing replaces throws. If you truly want to improve in the Scottish Highland Games, nothing does it better than getting reps in. But, in the off-season, how do you get better at throwing … without throwing? Not throwing in the off-season is another blog for another day, but are there lifts that directly correlate to the events? The simple answer is, “No.” But, I believe there are a number of very important lifts for each of the events and you’d be remiss if you didn’t program them in this off-season! Now, let me also get the...

Read more

We’ve previously discussed getting into the first turn in the weights for distance, but when it comes to the “sprint” or “drive” to the front of the trig, how do you optimize that movement? How do you keep from driving yourself right out of the box; better yet, to avoid the dreaded front center foul?For me, this is the most critical component of my throw; it’s the difference of about 6-8' for me. And, when I threw over 94’ in Utah in 2014, I was finally getting this movement down and applying speed to the weight in the box. I...

Read more

highland games, mckim, Stone throw -

One option you have to throw the open stone is to employ what’s called the, “Glide” technique. When it comes to the stone throw, this is a more simple and straightforward approach than the “Modified South African,” or “Full Spin.” But, don’t let this fool you; the glide is plenty complex and can merit some huge, huge throws. It’s a very worthy technique; here are a few reasons I like the glide:1. It’s a much more consistent movement, which is especially helpful when you consider how inconsistent the stone will be at each games. You may be throwing a heavier...

Read more

Some of you may have been wondering where I’ve been; why I haven’t been posting or even really interacting on social media lately. Some of you hadn’t even noticed, some of you didn’t care, and well, some of you were just kind of glad. I’d like to say that I “disconnected.” That I got, “unplugged.” Sadly, this isn’t the case, although many times I wish it was. Nope, I didn’t get “unplugged.” I got stoned. Kidney stoned. (How many people got nervous there for a second? Mom?) If you’ve not had the pleasure of experiencing a kidney stone, well, let’s...

Read more