GAINcast Episode 185: Constructing circuits

Circuits are often seen as a tool for beating an athlete down, but when used properly they can be an effective tool for developing specific qualities. As many athletes are now confined to their homes, understanding and utilizing proper circuit construction is more important now than ever. On this week’s GAINcast, Vern dives into circuit training, best practices, and examples of different types of circuit construction. Read more

GAINcast Episode 184: Training teams (with Lachlan Penfold)

When Melbourne Storm director of performance Lachlan Penfold came on the show in 2018, we focused solely on his coaching journey that has led him through the NBA, NRL, AFL, Super Rugby, Rugby 7s, Olympic softball, javelin, baseball, and much more. On this week’s GAINcast we have him back on to dig deeper into his approach to training team sport athletes, including his thoughts on workload, speed, monitoring, testing, injuries, and more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 183: From data to speed (with Matt Rhea)

American football is a bastion of tradition. In some areas, such as strength and conditioning, that can hold the sport back. Many coaches, however, are working to change the traditions and they start out by asking simple questions all over again like how do we make our players better? On this week’s GAINcast, Matt Rhea explains how the forward-thinking setup he installed at Indiana University helped turn their program around using a practical data-driven approach. Read more

GAINcast Episode 182: Skill acquisition

Skill acquisition is the science that underpins movement learning and execution. In other words, skill acquisition is what underpins sport. There is not performance without skill acquisition. On this week’s GAINcast we explore some simple ideas that can help coaches improve skill acquisition amongst their athletes. Read more

GAINcast Episode 181: Reading, learning, and living

Coaches often aim to get better at various facets of training. One thing we forget: we can also get better at learning. On this week’s GAINcast we share lessons learned on learning, how to improve what you get out of reading, and much more. We also include references to our recent books, articles, and podcasts that can jump start your learning. Read more

GAINcast Episode 180: Sub 2 (with Dr. Michael Joyner)

Dr. Michael Joyner has been writing about the limits of human performance for decades and back in 1991 was one of the first to analyze the possibility of a sub 2-hour marathon. On this episode of the GAINcast, Joyner breaks down recent two hour attempts, the role of technology in pushing performance forward, and what trends he sees on the horizon for endurance athletes.

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GAINcast Episode 179: GAIN 2020 sneak peek

GAIN 2020 is coming up in June and today we’re announcing all the details about this year’s event. Once again GAIN is bringing together some of the top minds from a variety of fields and sports. Listen in to this week’s GAINcast for a full preview of the event, including background on all of our presenters and an inside look at what will be new in 2020. Read more

GAINcast Episode 178: Looking back to move forward

Looking back to move forward may at first seem counterintuitive, but by looking back you can gain perspective. On this week’s GAINcast we look ahead towards a new year and a new century. But to do so we first look back and discuss how we can mine our own experiences and the experiences of others to see what the future of training entails. Read more

GAINcast Episode 177: Training tendons (with Keith Baar)

Tendons and other connective tissue are often thought of as non-trainable, but more and more research is showing that they are more responsive to load than we thought. Professor Keith Baar is a leading researcher on the topic and joins this week’s GAINcast to talk about how connective tissue works together with muscles and bones to produce movement. We also dive into how connective tissue can be trained, as well as several other topics he has been researching. Read more

GAINcast Episode 176: Togetherness (with Calvin Morriss)

Togetherness is not a term you hear about often in training, but all good programs have it. They connect together teammates. They connect together the assets of various staff members. They connect together on field and off field work. They connect strength and skill. The longer Calvin Morriss coaches, the more important this aspect of training is. On this week’s GAINcast, Morriss joins us to discuss how interconnected training is and how his role with World Rugby helps smaller nations connect the dots. Read more