WHAT'S ARETE THROWS NATION?
Only The Nation's Top Producer of Shot Put & Discus Athletes and The #1 Resource For All Levels of Throws Coaches
WHY ARETE THROWS NATION?
Arete Throws Nation was created by Coach Erik "technique obsessed" Johnson, to assist throws coaches to build a powerhouse throws program, and to help throwers to become the champions they are working so hard to become.
The throws are also a passion of Coach Johnson, and his goal is to get shot put and discus more popular at the high school level and have American throwers dominate at the world and Olympic level.
Coach Johnson has spent nearly 3 years condensing his 20 plus years of throws experience developing, testing and optimizing the most complete, proven and easy to use throws coaching system; resulting in the Throwing Chain Reaction system. The TCR system has been generating consistent and measurable results in shot put and discus throws, and developing many throwers to move on to promising collegiate careers in some of the most sought out Universities in the country! Now in camps and clinics throughout California.
I'm coach Erik Johnson, and chances are I was more like you in high school than you know. I was a skinny, 173 foot high school discus thrower, with little coaching, and no knowledge of weight training. However, with a lot of hard work, pRead Bio
I'm coach Erik Johnson, and chances are I was more like you in high school than you know. I was a skinny, 173 foot high school discus thrower, with little coaching, and no knowledge of weight training. However, with a lot of hard work, persistence, and a strong desire to prove I could reach my goal of reaching the Olympics, I went from a skinny high school thrower to an NCAA All-American and Olympic trails finalist.
I was raised in Phoenix Arizona, and began my love of track at the age of 12 yrs old. My father drove me all over the country in a "totally 80's" van; mattresses in the back and coolers strapped to the roof. I was a successful young thrower and that fed my hunger to continue on throwing in high school.
By my senior year of high school, I was considered still undersized, and my marks were not impressive enough to get recruited to a D1 school, so I went to a Junior college track power house- Mt. SAC in Southern California. To make a long story short, I grew taller, learned some weight training, gained muscle and strength, and got recruited by several Division I schools. I chose to go to UCLA (which at the time was a throws dynasty) and was coached by Art Venagas- legendary!
Throwing for UCLA was unreal, and I’ll never forget the day I went on my recruiting trip.
At UCLA I finally learned about weight training for throwers, Olympic lifting, sports medicine, and of course throwing. I transferred to the University of Colorado for my final year of eligibility, and became an NCAA- All American, then a multi-time US championships competitor and Olympic trials finalist in 1996. I still throw today and in 2011 I was the World Masters Bronze medalist in my age group... the old guy still has it!
College was a unique experience. I went to school with future world champions, like John Godina, and once I ranked top 10 in the US, I became friends with many of the best throwers in the world; many of whom are top NCAA coaches today!
I got to train with Olympic champions, and legends, and my path lead me to become great friends with Tony Ciarelli, Olympic coach and a coach at Newport Harbor in Newport Beach Ca. Each year, Tony and I run a huge throws clinic that I have been the director of since 1997: The Tony Ciarelli Olympian Throw clinic since 1997.
Let me tell you, if I had the opportunity to go back in time and bring with me all the experience and knowledge that I have put into this site and in the Throwing Chain Reaction system, it would have fast tracked my career!
I've spent nearly 3 years to condense my 20+ years of throws experience, tens of thousands of hours training, throwing, studying, developing, testing and optimizing the most complete, proven and easy-to-use throws coaching system for generating consistent and measurable results in shot put and discus throws.
... and now I'm ready to share it! I hope you are ready to take your throws program, or your throwing results to the next level...
... and beyond!