GAINcast Episode 87: What We’re Reading

Listeners often ask what books are on our shelf, so on this week’s episode we discuss what books we have read recently and what coaches can take away from them. We cover more than 20 titles that will be sure to add a few new books to your reading list. Read more

GAINcast Episode 86: Forget Technique (with Jerry Clayton)

Few track and field coaches have put together as diverse a resume as Jerry Clayton. The University of Michigan head coach has coached 16 NCAA champions across nearly every field event, including a world champion in the high jump and multiple Olympians in the throws. The key to Clayton’s success is to focus less on the minutia of technique and more on getting athletes to feel the movement. On this episode of the podcast Clayton walks us through his approach to develop technique and strength. Read more

GAINcast Episode 85: Implementing the Basics

We often talk about the importance of the basics on the GAINcast, but what exactly are “the basics”? And how do we implement them and keep them an integral part of training? On this episode we share some best practices on the topic and practical examples of how coaches can keep the basics as the central pillar supporting their program. Read more

GAINcast Episode 84: Icarus

The recent documentary Icarus took an in-depth look at the recent Russian doping scandal through the lens of a relationship with the mastermind of the doping plan Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov. As controversy enveloped his Rodchenkov’s life, director Bryan Fogel was drawn to the center of the storm and we get an inside look at how far athletes go to beat the system. On this week’s episode we take a break from talking about training to discuss the film and the current state of doping and anti-doping. Read more

GAINcast Episode 83: Power Physiology (with Angus Ross)

When we talk about physiology we often focus on endurance sports. But physiology is just as important in power sports. Angus Ross has both the academic background and practical experience that give him unique insight in this area. On this episode Ross joins us to describe how he puts science into practice as lead power physiologist for Athletics New Zealand. We exchange ideas on eccentric training, diagnostics, the role of strength, and current trends in training. Read more

GAINcast Episode 82: Training Structure

The old saying goes “mixed training yields mixed results.” But is that really the case? On this episode of the GAINcast we take a critical look at the linear sequential approach to training and discuss other methods to structuring training. Read more

GAINcast Episode 81: Changing Practice

Daily practice is where the action happens in sport, but rarely do we look at how we can make it better. By changing how we practice, we have the best opportunity to change how we play the game. If we make practice better we can make game performance better. On this episode of the GAINcast week look at some recent examples of good and bad practice in the media and discuss topics like teaching, organization, feedback, and structure. Read more

GAINcast Episode 80: Performance Team (with Peter Vint)

Peter Vint has worked around the world to bridge the gap between sports science and on field performance. The former Senior Director of Competitive Analysis, Research & Innovation at the United State Olympic Committee joins this week’s GAINcast to discuss how to develop a high performance team and create an environment where their work brings results. Read more

GAINcast Episode 79: Talent Development

On last week’s GAINcast we looked at best practices in talent identification. But as we said, talent identification means nothing without talent development. On this week’s episode we dive deeper into talent development and look at how to best put a system in place that gets the most out of the talent you have identified. After all, talent only equals potential, not success. Read more

GAINcast Episode 78: Talent Identification

Talent is a divisive topic, but it is hard to argue that you can create a champion without any talent. Properly identifying and nurturing that talent is therefore a key element of high performance. On this episode we discuss the complexity of talent, how to approach it as a coach, and Vern’s multi-step approach talent identification. Read more