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

GAINcast Episode 77: More Odds and Ends

Every few months we take a look back at all the short topics we’ve wanted to cover but haven’t had the time. Well, now’s the time. On this episode we take a quick look a several diverse topics. We start off by discussing categorical thinking and its impact on velocity based training, energy systems, and other areas of training. Then we look at genetic testing, training speed, EMGs, FMS, and several other topics. Read more

GAINcast Episode 76: Foundation Training

As the saying goes, you cannot build a strong house without a solid foundation. With pre-season training on the horizon for many sports, we take a look at what that foundation should look like, how it is trained, where it fits into the plan, and more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 75: Ask More, Tell Less (with Jim Richardson)

In nearly 30 years as head swim coach at the University of Michigan, Jim Richardson develop a powerhouse. Much of that success came from one thing: asking questions. On this week GAINcast we sit down with coach Richardson and hear how asking question led him to become a better coach, to rethink the athletic development of his athletes, to reduce injuries, and more. Read more

GAINcast Epiosde 74: What’s Your Filter?

The information age has brought access to loads of information, but more information can sometimes just make it harder to find something of value. Coaches need a filter to sift through the information. On this episode of the GAINCast we discuss tools and shortcuts we use to evaluate information online. Read more

GAINcast Episode 73: Being Present

Everyone talks about staying in the moment, but few people say how easy it is to fall out of it. Recently the HMMR Podcast discussed how athletes can avoid distractions in training. Coaches can face even more distractions and, as they are not playing the game, it can be even harder to stay present. On this episode of the GAINcast we look at how coaches can help stay present. Read more

GAINcast Episode 72: Voices of GAIN

Some of the world’s leading coaches make up the faculty at GAIN each year, but there are even more world-class coaches are in attendance. On this week’s episode of the GAINcast we wanted to take a chance to hear those other voices. We sat down for a quick chat with coaches like Greg Gatz (UNC), Darren Ritchie (Scottish Athletics), Nick Hill, Vinny Comiskey (Navy), and Dan Nobel (Hill Academy). Read more

GAINcast Episode 71: Peak Performance Part 2 (with Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness)

On part one of our interview with Peak Performance authors Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness we covered the stress-growth formula and productivity strategies like single-tasking. On this week’s GAINcast we continue the discussion to discuss how skills come from struggling, sleep, the role of focus and thought in performance, and more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 70: Peak Performance Part 1 (with Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness)

What does it take to reach peak performance in sport or in life? The new book Peak Performance by Steve Magness and Brad Stulberg attempts to answer this question and on this week’s GAINcast they join us for the first part of an interview on the topic where we discuss the stress-growth formula, productivity strategies like single-tasking, and more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 69: Long-Term Development (with Patrick McHugh)

At North Shore Country Day School students range from age 4 to 18. As athletic director, Patrick McHugh has had a chance to put in place a truly long-term athletic development process. The key word there is process: long-term development is not a model, but a process that is never linear. On this episode he talked about his philosophy and more. Read more