Friday, March 14, 2008

Words of Wisdom: Dietrich Buchenholz

The following words of wisdom are from the elusive "Dietrich Buchenholz", aka "DB Hammer". He enjoyed some online success as an author and S&C guru until he inexplicably disappeared. He sold (and to my knowledge, still sells) a book entitled "The Best Sports Training Book Ever!" - a presumptious title if ever there was one. Despite the hyperbole and the endless criticisms and comparisons to Christian Thibaudeau and Jay Schroeder, the book has many, many nuggets of training wisdom. If you can get past the book's jargon, poor editing, and lack of clear articulation, you can see flashes of genius within it. Many of DB Hammer's articles and the book can be found at

"It is better to spend one year on instruction and three years of rapid progression than four years of slowed progress from a cookie-cutter set up".

"It is very important that you don't fall into the trap of accepting traditional numbers in terms of appropriate volume. I always cringe when I hear that Major League Baseball has decidedly set a pitch count at about 100-120 pitches. It's not to say that this value is too much for all athletes. It's just the ones who can't handle it that end up getting their arm repaired by the latest in sports surgery. If they would just adopt autoregulatory principles then the rate of arm injury would drop in that sport from 70% to nil in less than a single season! I hear the same ignorance in all sports. Bodybuilders train off of a program that some guy does because his 'idol man' gets good results from it. Sprinters follow the workout regimen of someone else - including some random study - most likely because they have little else to go off of besides feel. You need to set up your own training program based on your neurodynamic needs, not someone else's, and perform the correct amount of work based on your ability, not based on the merit of some newsstand magazine.... After all, did you really think that 5x5 reps was best for everybody? I mean, seriously, do you think that these nice, round integers are really all that accurate? I'm here to tell you that they never were and never will be. You can guess all the time, but you will, at best, only be right a fraction of the time - if at all. However, if you use autoregulatory training as your cheat sheet then you can't miss - all the answers are right there in front of you."

-Dietrich Buchenholz


Shaf said...


Did you know that DB Hammer, aka Deitrich Buchenholz was really an amalgamation of Brad Nuttall (full name Daniel Brad Nuttal....DB) (can't find the name right now) who did some interning with Schroeder.

Essentially they made up the whole thing. The fictional guru. The location somewhere in Germany (with some genuine German sports coaches never having heard of him, despite DB claiming to have competed successfully in the hammer throw)...the ridiculous renaming of common sports training terms.

You can get damn near everything useful out of the DB Hammer methodics book in Kelly Baggett's interpretive article about it found on the site.

It's the fact that Nuttall came out and created this huge persona (and I've got a sneaking suspicion that a certain "renegade" who ethics are a tad shaky helped him craft this) isn't that big a deal. The big deal is that there are a huge morass of lies associated with this, with regards to NFL and MLB clients, and lies associated with the supposed results of the methods.

Boris said...

Actually, I've heard all the rumors, but didn't know that that Brad Nuttall was actually the author. I did more than suspect that the whole thing about coaching numerous world class athletes, olympians and having some training camp in Germany was a bunch of BS.

I agree completely - the article about the basics more or less covers all the points

As far as the "renegade" is concerned, I think there are more than a few S&C coaches out there that claim to have worked w. elite athletes that have not. I'd wager a lot of them write for a certain online site that has many great coaches as authors, sells supplements and has lots of fitness model pics.

It pi**es me off too because I have some friends who have spent a lot of money on books, consultation, etc and they didn't have much money to begin with. They were adults and knew what they were getting into, so I can't be too critical, I guess, but it's tough to just say "I told you so" to your best friends when guys like DB Hammer just disappear.

There are some serious ethical concerns in the field of S&C. It'd be nice to get about doing some guru-slaying, but any semi-successful nut-job guru is probably going to be making at least 3x what I'm making and I'd guess they'd be able to hire a competent lawyer.

Thanks though and I appreciate the info.

Shaf said...

It's not like you throw the baby out with the bathwater. There are some interesting ideas to explore that the Inno-sport material drags out into the light.

I've had a similar kind of discussion with Lyle McDonald, and he says he could source where roughly 90-95% of the Inno-sport material came from, and those writers/coaches didn't have to resort to made up terminology to describe the stuff.

There are good folks and bad folks in the industry. There are guys who work with athletes every day, and feel they have learned valuable lessons they'd like to pass on, and there are charaltans and scumbags. Most are probably somewhere in between heaven and hell (and I'd include myself in their number)

Boris said...

Yeah, there were definately passages in his book that I scratched my head and said, 'That sounds familiar". It doesn't surprise me that someone like LM would be able to pinpoint a lot of that.