GAINcast Episode 30: Coaching Shortcuts

In his nearly 50 years of coaching, Vern has learned many lessons the hard way. On this week’s GAINcast he shares some of his lessons learned that can hopefully serve as shortcuts for younger coaches and a reminder of effective training practices for more experienced coaches. Read more

GAINcast Episode 29: Dryland Training (with Matt Kredich)

For the past year Vern has been working with University of Tennessee swim team to create integrated dry land training program. On this week’s episode Tennessee head coach Matt Kredich joins us to discuss his own training philosophy and how they are putting the pieces together in Knoxville. He provides unique insight on how head coaches and strength coaches can get on the same page to get team buy in to achieve results together. Read more

GAINcast Episode 28: The Volume Trap

Volume is a core element of athletic development. When we start out with athletes, the first test is often how much they can handle. When we talk with other coaches, we first look at how much they do. But are we asking the wrong questions? On this episode of the GAINcast Vern looks at how we need to change our thinking about volume and get out of the volume trap. Read more

GAINcast Episode 27: Sports Science

Sports science is nothing new, but over the past decade it has moved more from the academic setting to the team setting. More and more teams are employing sports scientists and these teams need to address the new question of how to integrate sports science and performance. On this episode of the GAINcast we tackle this topic and look at how to best put the sport in sports science. Read more

GAINcast Episode 26: Olympic Lifting in Training

The Olympic lifts serve the foundation of many training programs, but is quite a divisive topic. Many coaches are either for or against Olympic lifting. On this episode Vern tries to find a middle ground where we can recognize the benefits of Olympic lifts, and also find ways to adapt them to meet the needs of each sport and athlete. Read more

GAINcast Episode 25: Train to Play (with Steve Myrland)

Steve Myrland is one of those hard working coaches focuses his energy on getting things done rather than talking about them. You may not have heard of the former University of Wisconsin and San Jose Sharks strength coach since he is not even on social media. But we snagged him for this interview and he walks us through some of his rules for training, the influence of yoga on his methods, and the key lessons he has learned in his career. Read more

GAINcast Episode 24: Strength Training Influences

Modern strength training has come about through the influence of many other sports like gymnastics, bodybuilding, powerlifting, and more. In order to design the best program you can, it is necessary to understand the role each of these influences played and analyzed how it can fit into your plan going forward. On this episode Vern discusses the different influences that have shaped modern strength training, and the positive and negatives each influence brings brought with it. Read more

GAINcast Episode 23: Being the Best

What does it take to be the best? Well for starters it takes talent, but at the highest level talent is not the deciding factor. It comes down to the decisions athletes make along the way. In this episode Vern shares the traits he sees as requirements to be the best based on five decades of experience working first hand with many of the best across different sports. Read more

GAINcast Episode 22: Simplicity

We often think that the more complex something is, the better it is. Fancy sports cars, new computers, and Swiss watches all revel in their complexity. But in coaching simple is often better. Unnecessarily added elements can distract us from our core focus. On this episode we talk about the value of simplicity and ask how simple is too simple. Read more

GAINcast Episode 21: Linear Speed (with Ken Clark)

No matter the sport, speed is the name of the game. Professor Ken Clark is an expert in speed, having researched the topic in detail. In this episode he explains how linear speed is generated and the implications that has on training for speed. Read more