GAINcast Episode 100: The First Hundred

In January 2016 we launched the GAINcast and now, two years later, we’re 100 episodes deep and still going strong. On this episode of the GAINcast we look back at our goals, our process, favorite episodes, topics, and lessons learned from sharing ideas. Read more

GAINcast Episode 99: Fitness & Endurance Training for Team Sports

Our recent series of GAINcasts looked at different aspects of training for endurance athletes. But what about training for fitness and endurance as a competent of other sports like for team sports like soccer or even individual sports like tennis? On this episode of the GAINcast we discuss the factors to consider when training fitness training for team sports and walk through several sample training methods. Read more

GAINcast Episode 98: The State of Sport

As we did to kick off 2017, the HMMR Podcast and the GAINcast join forces to co-host the first episode of 2018. As the new year gets underway we chat about the state of training for sports together with the team from the HMMR Podcast. Our discussion covers a variety of topics like recruiting, whether athletic development is still undervalued, functional training, doping, and more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 97: Recovery

The theme this month on HMMR Media is recovery. Recovery is a tricky area to navigate, with decisions often influenced as much by traditions, new technology, or pseudoscience as by research and common sense. On this episode of the GAINcast, Vern walks through the science of recovery, his approach, and what questions coaches need to be asking. Read more

GAINcast Episode 96: The Arsenal Arrow (with Des Ryan)

If you want pressure to perform, try working in professional soccer in England. To make matters more complicated, try working with young players and balancing the need for short-term results and setting up long-term potential. That is the challenge Des Ryan confronts every day as Head of Sports Medicine & Athletic Development at the Arsenal Academy. On this episode of the GAINcast he explains the Arsenal approach to athletic development and high performance. Read more

GAINcast Episode 95: Endurance Planning (with John Larralde)

Over the past month we’ve run a series on endurance training, first discussing concepts and methods and then outlining the basics of athletic development for endurance athletes. On this week’s podcast we bring the conversation full circle to discuss how to bring it all together with coach John Larralde. Larralde shares examples of how he has used different methods with different athletes from different athletes can produce top results. Read more

GAINcast Episode 94: Conference Highlights

Both Vern and I have been on the road a lot over the past two months, attending conferences across Europe and the US. On this week’s episode we discuss the new connections we’ve made, some key lessons learned from many of the keynote speakers, and more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 93: Adaptation

Adaptation is the basis of training; we want to adapt to a high level. But the body is not a simple organism and adaptation is not a simple formula. On this episode of the podcast we talk about some of the key factors to consider with adaptation and how that impacts coaching. Read more

GAINcast 92: Athletic Development for Endurance Athletes

The central component of training for endurance athletes will be building specific endurance, but research has continued to show that athletic development and strength training play a vital role for endurance athletes. The benefits are numerous, such as improvement movement economy and helping prevent injuries. On this episode the podcast we explain the benefits of athletic development work, discuss different modes of training, and provide examples of progressions and workouts. Read more

GAINcast 91: Endurance Methods and Concepts

If you break down athleticism into its key compenents, there is one component we have not covered much on the GAINcast: endurance. It is not due to lack of experience or knowledge; we just simply haven’t gotten around to it. The wait is over though. We are going to take an in-depth look at the topic, starting with this week’s episode where we introduce the basic tools of training for endurance by explaining endurance training methods and concepts. Read more