Olympic Champion & Former World Record Holder
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1976 Olympic Champion - Gold Medal - Olympic Record - Ranked #1 in World
1980 US Boycott - Ranked #1 in World
1984 Olympic Silver Medal
1988 Olympic 5th Place
(4) Four Times World Record Holder 69.18m, 69.80m, 70.24m, 70.86m 1976
(5) Five Times American Record Holder 70.98m 1980
(8) Eight Times US National Champion Discus Throw 1973-1988
1977 US National Champion Shot Put - Indoor 21.06m
1973 NCAA Champion –Discus Throw, 3rd Place Shot Put
14 Competitive Throws beyond 70 meters (229'9")...
#4 All Time top ten competition average
Mac's PRs - World's Best Combination of Four Throws
Shot Put 21.06m, Discus 70.98m, Javelin 78.44m, and Hammer 63.88m.
High School Bests: Discus 170' 10", Shot Put 58', Javelin 195"
Mac threw the javelin 78.44m, 257' 8" as a 19 year old freshman at the University of Oregon. As a senior he was NCAA Champion in the discus and won the first of Eight US National Championships in the discus. Wilkins broke the World's Record Four times in his career. During his series on May 1, 1976 in San Jose, California, he set the world record on three consecutive throws of 69.80m, 70.24m, and 70.86m.
Mac was US National Champion indoors in the shot put in 1977 with a best of 21.06m, 69' 1.5".
Mac provided significant time or guidance to the following throwers to help them achieve their success
2016 Ryan Crouser, USA - Olympic Champion & Record, Gold Medal - M-Shot Put
2012 Krishna Poonia, India - 6th Place London Olympics W-Discus
2010 Krishna Poonia, India - Commonwealth Games Gold Medal, W-Discus
2010 Jason Young, USA - longest US thrower 2010, M-Discus
2009 Dani Samuels, Australia - World Championships Gold Medal, W-Discus
2008 Stephanie Trafton, USA - Olympic Champion Gold Medal, W-Discus
2008 Annie Hess, Concordia U. 58.69m, 192' Longest US College Woman Discus Thrower at any level in 2008, 3xNAIA National Champion (developed in 3 years from 45m)
2001 Adam Setliff, USA - 5th Place World Championships, M-Discus
2000 Adam Setliff, USA – 5th Place Sydney Olympics, M-Discus
Collegiate Coach 2006 – 2013 Concordia University, Portland OR.
In 8 Years Mac has developed 24 National Champions and 94 All Americans in javelin, shot put, discus & hammer.
In August 2013, Wilkins left Concordia University to coach for USA Track & Field at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California in preparation for the Rio Olympics.
Mac currently lives in southern California and consults throwers at all levels and ages while running an online business.
Back Yard Drills: Start Right Every Time - The Big Toe KnowsFree
Back Yard Drills - A Consistently Correct Start Everytime!
Find the inside of the left Big Toe/Ball of the Foot in the wind up and unwind to 9 o'clock.
Drop at 9 onto the flat Left Fore Foot.
This happens naturally if you stay on the inside of the ball of the foot till then.
More details in the full propgrams.Free
Ryan Crouser Gold Medal Shot Put Technique29,95 $
Here are the key positions that you can copy from Olympic Champion, Ryan Crouser.
At the end of the day Ryan had great positions but it was his rhythm that made the difference.
RHYTHM IS KING! Slow to Faster.
All of these concepts are covered in detail in the "Discus & Spin Shot Put Foundation Part 1" Course.
1. Right Foot Flat at "top of Windup"
2. Unwind on Inside of the Big Toe or the Ball of the left foot
3. Left Thigh Verticle.
4. Right Leg Wide at 9 o'clock
5. Right Foot Under or Behind Knee in Middle of Circle.
6. Right Heel stays up off the ground in the midddle.
7. Soulders and Left Arm stay back and torqued (closed) in Power Position.
8. Turn right foot and Knee fully into throw before Straightening Right Leg
9. Land with the Right Foot flat, heel down in the Reverse, Foot Perpendicular to the Line of the Throw.29,95 $
Mac Wilkins Gold Medal Discus14,95 $Mac Wilkins, Olympic Gold Medal Discus Thrower. A student and a teacher. In this course, Mac will show you the skills you must learn and the attitude you must develop to become a winner in this demanding event. From beginners to advanced throwers, this course provides insight for throwers and coaches at all levels.14,95 $
Mac Wilkins presents: Al Feuerbach Basic 70ft Shot Putting14,95 $
In all of sport, no discipline requires more explosive power than the shot put. Although some genetic gift is necessary to achieve world class results, anyone who studies the basics and makes a dedicated effort can achieve success.
Glide and Spin, beginners to advanced, Basic 70’ Shot Putting covers the technique and drills, common errors and how to avoid them.
Also includes Al Feuerbach singing his hit single, “Shot Put Blues”!
Al Feuerbach - Glide
Al finished 4th in the 1972 Olympics and 5th in the 1976 Games. In 1973 Al broke the World Record with a throw of 21.82m, 71’ 7”.
At 6’ 1” Al’s best competitive weight was 250lbs.
In 1971 he was US National Champion in the shot put and Olympic weight lifting in the 110kg, 242lb, class on the same weekend.
Over a career of 22 years he traveled nearly 1 million miles to compete in the shot over 500 times.
Al Feuerbach knows how to put the shot and he's here to share his knowledge with you.
Dave Laut - Rotation
American Record Holder in the shot put, 22.02m, 72’ 3”, set in 1982. At 6’3”, 245lbs,Dave won the Bronze Medal in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
Mac Wilkins, national indoor champion in the shot with a lifetime best of 69' 1", will show you how to master the rotational style of shot putting.
Learn shot put technique from two relatively “little guys”, Feuerbach and Laut.14,95 $
Three Things I Know... About Rotational Shot & Discus24,95 $These three essential elements of the throw can be taught the first day to beginners and must be mastered by professionals.
Over the years I have always looked for the common denominator for the throws. What is true at all levels of throwing? What is easy to understand for beginners and what the best in the world must do to achieve their best. These three concepts can be the foundation of great technique with any personal style. They are the building blocks that need to be refined every year. They are also great high level concepts to focus on in the final phase of preparation for the "Big Meet" of the year.
A Teacher Perspective on the ThrowsFree
Human performance is a combination of science and art. Teaching performance requires knowledge and intuition.
Mac Wilkins delivers both science and art well seasoned with over 40 years of coaching experience to go with his
athletic experience as an Olympic Gold & Silver Medalist, Four Time World Record Holder, and Eight Time U.S. National Champion.
My passion is sharing my passion for learning about the throws.
"Learning is Growth.
Growth is Life.
No Learning, No Life.
What did You Learn Today?"
Everyday I leave the training site I ask myself, "What did I learn today?"
That answer determines my satisfaction with the day.
Mac's philosophy of teaching is heavily influenced by his collegiate coach at the University of Oregon, Bill Bowerman.
"Question Authority", Always ask, "What is best for the athlete".
Over time, the best athletes gradually takes more responsibility for their development. The teacher becomes more of a mentor/counselor.
This video sets the foundation for Mac's view on the technique and training keys in the other programs here on CoachTube.
Understand Mac's perspective and it will help you with the technical concepts that follow.Free
Discus & Spin Shot Foundation Part I89,95 $
Updated, broader and more detail than Gold Medal Discus or Basic 70' Shot Put.
Foundation I includes:
- New material from the summer of 2015
- Many Lessons from Mac's original web based course The Wilkins Review.
- How to Drills to help coaches teach and throwers learn the positions and the feelings of the throw.
- 31 Downloadable photos to print or share with your throwers.
- 27 separate Video Lessons, over 47 minutes for beginners and advanced throwers and coaches.
These drills will help the throwers...
Connect their hips to the implement
Move their hips & implement with RHYTHM
Print the photos for your throwers.
Best is to have them taped to a mirror where they can compare their positions in the mirror with those positions in the photos.
Some of the videos show throwers being led through learning progressions, changing their positions gradually until it all clicks.
SHOT PUT AND DISCUS
The rotational shot and discus are very similar in positions at the back of the circle.
There are some distinct differences however, in the timing due to the heavier wieght and shorter radius of the path of the shot.
This course will only focus on the similarities between the two.89,95 $
Throwing DrillsFreeGet on Balance!
Awesome Progression as this High School Thrower learns how to get on balance!
Getting on Balance is one of the toughest things to accomplish in the rotational throws.
This is a great example of giving the student enough information and then letting him learn from the feed back his body gives him.
Of course, you must know the position you are looking for, and this student does.
His body tells him he is not on balance and eventually he corrects to find a balanced position.
'Hitting the hands' is used as a "stopping point" for being on balance.
You need to be on balance at 9 o'clock, or when this thrower is hitting his dad's hands.
Hitting the hands keeps the thrower from turning past the balance point.