FiberSport Discus product line is the new cutting edge to discus anatomy. You might know the FiberSport name if you are a pole vaulter, which are known for high quality pole vaults. FiberSport has expanded their product line by adding a variety of discus models for every level of competition for throwers. ThrowsLab is excited to announce that FiberSport discus are now available on the online store.
It is very comparable to the Nelco discus line, but is much more affordable and durable. Every model is made with the ABS plastic plate. ABS is a machinable thermoplastic and amorphous polymer that is tough, rigid, and has a high impact resistance strength.
Furthermore, FiberSport was used at the 2021 Summer Olympics and endorsed by Rodney Brown and Whitney Ashley, top American Olympic athletes in the throwing world. FiberSport has mastered the technology around rim weight as well as power retention and wind when combined together provides the thrower with a higher performance rate.
FiberSport has taken the next step to figure out the science behind throwing.
First, they created a WIND TUNNEL to test the optimum throwing distance of each discus model. They added wind conditions to the rim weight percentage equation to determine how the discus performs in-flight. This allows for the application of a precise distance rating to be applied to each discus.
Secondly, they have designed the discus to get the most lift and stability in the air by testing the placement of the rim weight. This has allowed for FiberSport discus to glide up to 12ft. or 3.5 meters farther with more balance and less tip. Heavier rim weights increase the radius and allow higher-end throwers to apply force. Yet, if the thrower can’t maintain the spin through the duration of the throw, the discus will fall, and your throw will be shortened. As such, a discus with a high rim weight can work against you if it’s not spinning. Because the discus rim weight has a direct impact on your throw, it is among the most important considerations in selecting your next FiberSport discus.
Thirdly, they have gathered data by placing a computer chip inside the discus to measure the science of discus flight. The computer chip collected data on gravity, gyro spin, tip stability, and flight distance. The data revealed the importance of having two or three discs as part of your throwing equipment because the rim weight performs differently based on the wind factor.
What is the rim weight of a FiberSport discus
Hence, FiberSport discus rim weight is the actual percentage of the entire weight of the discus that consists of the rim. So if you have a 1 kilogram discus that is 75% rim weight, that means the rim weighs .75 kilograms and everything else that makes up the discus weighs .25 kilograms. Typically, discuses are sold in categories:
Center weighted discuses: Beginner high school throwers, average middle school throwers, beginner collegiate multi-event athletes.
Low Spin discuses: Intermediate high school throwers, top ranked middle school throwers, intermediate college throwers.
High spin discuses: Top level high school and college throwers.
Very high spin discuses: Elite level high school and collegiate throwers, throwers looking to compete at Olympic trials, NCAA championships, and at international meets.
To help clarify, center weighted discuses range from approximately 50-60% rim weight and are meant for beginner throwers. Low spin discuses range from approximately 60-75% rim weight and are meant for more experienced throwers. High spin discuses range from approximately 75-85% rim weight and are meant for high level throwers. Very high spin discuses range from approximately 85% rim weight and above and are meant to be used by the best throwers out there.
FiberSport discus selection
When selecting the proper discus to enhance your throwing performance is crucial when trying to optimize your throw. FiberSport discus means innovation, precision, and attention to detail. FiberSport has 6 different discus models which are very affordable and all are designed with ABS plastic plate which is impact resistant, durable, and tough.
Breeze: This discus was designed for the beginner thrower in mind who are testing out the waters to see if they are interested in the sport. The new thrower at the middle school and high school level. It does not come with a carrying case to keep the cost down. This disc is very affordable. It comes in 1.0k or 1.6k size with a rim weight of 68%.
Wind: This discus was designed for the intermediate thrower who has been throwing for a year or two. This discus will be used by the middle school and high school thrower. It comes in 1.0k or 1.6k size with a rim weight of 73%. It comes with a carrying case.
Twister I *: This discus was designed for the higher intermediate and collegiate thrower. Every thrower athlete interested in the sport should have this discus as part of their throwing equipment. It comes in 1.75k or 2.0k with the rim weight of 75%. It comes with a carrying case.
Twister II: This discus was designed for the Regional Qualifier, State Qualifier, or collegiate level. It has a rim control feature. It comes in 1.0k, 1.6k, or 2.0k size with a rim weight of 78%. It comes with a carrying case.
Twister III: This discus was designed for the Elite thrower. It has the rim control feature. It comes in 1.0k, 1.6k, or 2.0k with a rim weight of 80%. It comes with a carrying case.
Storm: This discus was designed for the best of the best like an Olympian thrower. It has the rim control feature. It comes in 1.0k, 1.6k, or 2.0k with a rim weight of 85%. It comes with a carrying case.
Once you have selected the Best FiberSport discus for you, you will want to set performance goals. Training by professional coaches is the best way to help you achieve your goals. ThrowsLab’s coaching and throwing camps are great ways to discover the science behind the throw, learn proper drill mechanics, improve your throwing technique, and get better results by fixing some common mistakes. Our camps are designed to accelerate your throwing progress.
Remember, the essential variables predetermine the flight of the DISCUS;
Rim weight percentages
Rotational distance ratings
Using all three variables, one can determine which DISCUS to use in any scenario.
FiberSport discus meter ratings
FiberSport discus meter ratings give a more accurate description of how far the discus can potentially fly under ideal conditions. For example, if a beginner can throw 100ft then they should purchase the Breeze model and the Wind model. When the wind conditions are ideal then they should use the Wind model to get the furthest throw. FiberSport Wind discus is rated at 40 meters (133 feet), which means the discus can be thrown, with great form and technique, potentially 133 feet. This is an ideal discus for someone who is new to the sport and looking to improve their technique. You do not have to be currently throwing at that distance for this to be a good discus for you. Meter ratings are really quite helpful in assisting the athlete in their decision on which discus to purchase.
For example, you would not want to purchase a discus with a meter rating that is less than your current throwing distance. A better decision would be to purchase a discus with a meter rating that is greater than your current distance so that you can set goals relative to your throwing distance. As your form and technique improve, you will see better results as your throws get closer to the meter rating distance. It is always a good practice to have at least two different discus models as part of your throwing equipment.
What Makes ThrowsLab’s Discus Throwing Camps Different?
Our discus throwing camps feature a coach-to-athlete ratio of 7:11, guaranteeing plenty of one-on-one attention for each athlete. The large number of coaches at throws camps enables them to work with every skill level equally. Our coaches are the best in the game, with the record to prove it: you’ll find ThrowsLab athletes in podium spots from USATF, Junior Olympics, and State, Section and League Championships. Our coaches have tremendous qualifications, but their results are what make our camps exceptional.
ThowsLab’s discus throwing coaching and small group training
ThrowsLab offers private coaching for the athlete who benefits from a more individualized training approach. Our one-on-one coaching sessions include many training benefits:
An in-depth analysis and breakdown of your overall technique.
Video Analysis to get a better understanding of how you can improve.
Adjustments during the session that can help your technique immediately.
Drills and Exercises to work on at home to improve your performance
Whether you’re looking to refine your technique or break into the next level of competition, a private one-on-one session will help you hone your skills and maximize your throws. This personalized training session will help you build strength, confidence in your technique, rhythm, Private throws coaching sessions consist of 90 mins of instruction, video analysis, and breakdown of the athlete’s technique, along with a drill prescription for athletes to take home to improve athletic performance, ThrowsLab also offer small group training sessions with many of the same benefits as our camps or individual coaching sessions with a small group in mind.
Great Coaching! Working with throwslab through high school led me to a current d1 opportunity.
Coach Fouts has coached me (Malan Potts) for 4 years. During that time, he has proven himself to be a generous and giving leader who trains his athletes hard and encourages them to do their best. I saw a huge improvement in my technique after my very first training session. He coaches me in a way that I never feel like he is being critical. I look forward to my training sessions and camps. He is always willing to give me advice on the college process which has been extremely helpful. My entire family appreciates, Coach Fouts!!!!
A ThrowsLab camp offers a balance of drills and throwing. The order is usually drills, lunch, then throwing. We make adjustments as-needed, depending on the format and time of year.
Can I still come to a ThrowsLab camp if I don’t have throwing shoes or equipment?
Yes. Not having throwing shoes isn’t ideal but still manageable to learn the technique, drills, and movements. We provide other equipment in limited quantities for ThrowsLab camps. You can also buy equipment from ThrowsLab at the camp.
What kind of equipment do I need to bring to a ThrowsLab camp?
Bring a shot put, two discs, throwing shoes, water bottle, and a towel to dry off implements just in case it’s necessary.
Is lunch provided at a ThrowsLab camp?
No. There are usually local places to eat lunch or you can bring food. There is an an hour for lunch each day at ThrowsLab camps.
How many coaches and athletes will be at a ThrowsLab camp?
We are very committed to keeping our coach-to-athlete ratio as small as possible. Our goal is no more than a 7:1 ratio. This means every athlete gets a ton of one-on-one instruction, but we’re also able to attend to a broad range of skill levels.
About your Throws coach
Coach John Fouts is the owner of ThrowsLab. He is certified by USATF as a level 2 coach, completed level 2 of Arete Throws Nation TCR™ system, and holds an NCACE Strength and Conditioning Coach Certification. He was a two-sport athlete in high school (Football & Track) and played his college football at Santa Clara University and UCLA. In 2011 he became a full-time coach and currently coaches Track at Diablo Valley College.
Over the past 7 years his athletes have won 2 Junior Olympic National Titles, achieved two top 5 finishes at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships, has had 5 podium finishes at state, won 58 discus and shot put titles, broke a 42 year old NCS section record in Discus (205’ 7”), and 9 school records. John currently lives with his wife Carol (Mrs. ThrowsLab) and their children in Clayton.