12 Week Summer Preseason

Wait. ‘Summer Preseason’ doesn’t sound particularly scientific or elite in the slightest. In fact, you may be thinking ‘has Hammer sold its soul like all the other big gyms to exploit the marketability of fitness?’ We’d be lying if we said there wasn’t some capitalisation on the nervousness that showing a bit of skin during…

2017 Athlete Development Program

Whether your goal is to lose body fat, build muscle or become stronger or faster your focus should always be on one thing: improving your overall athletic performance. Athletes train in the weight room and on the field to enhance their talent and skill. Being the best lifter doesn’t necessarily make them a gold medalist however,…

Why we do what we do

Sure, the title might sound like a loaded statement and you might just think that our facility serves simply as a means to an end for people’s fitness goals; after all, we are but one business that exists within arguably one of the most competitive industries this side of hospitality. However, we strongly believe that…

2016 Annual Strength and Conditioning Report

The final results from 2016 have been compiled and the report has been written and we are looking at some pretty impressive numbers. For the uninitiated, every six weeks our athletes are subjected to a rigorous testing battery. We do this in order to predict future performance, indicate weaknesses, measure improvement, assess the success of…

Velocity Based Training and PUSH Band technology

Cause it’s VBT (Oi! …Oi!) While we might be channelling AC/DC in the title, this doesn’t mean ‘VBT’ stands for Victoria Bitter training. If anything, it’s quite the contrary – unlike VB, we are improving on our methods by dropping some coin on cutting edge technology in order to complement the knowledge we have cultivated…

German Volume Training Clinic 2017

‘New Year, New You’ and all that schisse! If you are expecting a post full of optimism, mindfulness and inspiration then obviously you don’t know me or our facility well enough. No three word slogan (with the exception of ‘live, laugh, love’ – how can your heart not skip a beat out of pure positivity…

2016 Phase 7 Hamlow: Darren Hegarty

With the end of the year drawing to a close, it’s high time we announce our phase 7 Hamlow medalist. Phase 7 included our Advanced Lifting Clinic. This particular clinic involved a significant commitment to training. Participants undertook 3 coach-directed resistance sessions in a group strength format with a fourth session to be self-directed. Coupled with…

2016 Overreaching Clinic

Another year down, and what a crazy year it has been. We had the U.S. presidential election, we lost favoured musicians, poor old Harambe, Ebola, Zika, Justin Bieber’s comeback…  Anyway, here’s some good news; firstly, we gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Joseph (but we will get to that)! We are also drawing ever-closer to the…

Two years in: an open letter to our community

An open letter to our community of Hammer family, Hammer friends, Hammer originals, Hammer newbies, Hammer fans and future Hammer friends. I pen this on the eve of Hammer Athletics’ second anniversary. While this piece serves as an opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved together, it also looks at where we seek to…

2016 Run Forrest, Run Clinic

While we do talk about body composition at Hammer Athletic, we’re not talking about crazy ‘Cast Away’ diets or prepping for loincloth season. Much like a professional sporting team, we are talking about a season within a periodised training program which, in this case, has been specifically designed to give you a cheeky kick-start to…