GAINcast Episode 52: Winning Culture (with the Carmel Swim Club)

Suburban Carmel, Indiana might seem like an unlikely spot to find one of the nation’s top swimming clubs, but year in and year out it continues to produce champions. The Carmel Swim Club and Carmel High School have put together a winning culture that has produced a national record 31 straight high school state championships. On a recent visit to the club, Vern sat down with Carmel coaches Chris Plumb and Ian Murray to discuss how they helped grow the culture and what role athletic development plays in their team’s success. Read more

GAINcast Episode 51: The Debrief

Making your training more effective starts with learning from your past experiences, both good and bad. Understanding the value of debriefing and having a process in place is therefore essential. On this episode of the GAINcast, Vern explains some best practices for debriefing based on a career of experience. Read more

GAINcast Episode 50: Serial Winning Coaches (with Sergio Lara-Bercial)

Sergio Lara-Bercial had a simple question he wanted answered: what makes serial winning coaches so successful. As a senior research fellow at the International Council for Coaching Excellence he was able to sit down with coaches who produce Olympic champions and record holders time and time again. In this episode he talks about his background, the project, and what lessons he learned from talking with the best coaches in the world. Read more

GAINcast Episode 49: Reconditioning (with Bill Knowles)

Bill Knowles is a world-renowned expert in reconditioning, having worked with athletes and teams from across the globe at the Olympic and professional levels. He joins us on this weeks podcast to discuss injuries, coming back from injury, and athletic development. Read more

GAINcast 48: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Knowing who came before us and what they did is a key factor in becoming a better coach. After all, everything old is new again. On this week’s episode Vern runs down a list of some of the giants whose shoulders he stands on, providing a great starting point for those wanting to learn more about this history of training. Read more

GAINcast Episode 47: The Art of Coaching (with Harry Marra)

Recently Ashton Eaton announced his retirement. During his career he took the decathlon to new levels and it was coach Harry Marra who helped guide him there. In order to break down 10 complex events, Marra has become a master of communication and the art of coaching. On this week’s episode he joins us to discuss the art of coaching, the decathlon, and more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 46: State of the Sport (with Nick Garcia)

For the first time ever the GAINcast and the HMMR Podcast join forces to co-host the first episode of 2017. As the new year gets underway we chat about the state of training for sports. Topics span from how to use injury prediction, Olympic lifting, finding context in training, doping, and more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 45: Perform (with Randy Ballard)

Helping athletes perform their best is about more than strength and conditioning, sports medicine, physiotherapy, or any individual component. It is about brining all the fields together. Randy Ballard, the University of Illinois Associate Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine, joins this week’s podcast to discuss I-PERFORM, the unified approach to student-athlete health, well-being and performance he has implemented in Champaign. Read more

GAINcast Episode 44: High Performance (with Troy Taylor)

For the final episode in our series of interviews from the US Ski and Snowboard Association’s Center of Excellence we sit down with the boss: high performance director Troy Taylor. Taylor discusses leading a high performance team, supporting coaches, and developing a culture across multiple sports, as well as his thoughts on various trends in training. Read more

GAINcast Episode 43: Focus on Function

Coaches have a near limitless inventory of exercises to select from and navigating this topic can be difficult since even two exercises that look nearly identical can cause vastly different adaptations in an athlete. On this week’s episode we give some suggestion on how to evaluate the application of an exercise to your goals by focusing on the function. Read more