GAINcast Episode 18: GAIN IX Recap

This year’s GAIN event is in the books. After a long drive home, Vern discusses some of the highlights and take aways from this year’s event on this episode of the GAINcast. Read more

GAINcast Episode 17: Sport Demands

Understanding the demands of your sport is the first step in effective program design. On this episode Vern walks through his four-step process of defining sport demands and provides some practical examples from world-class coaches.

This Episode’s Question: How can coaches define and address the demands of their sport?

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GAINcast Episode 16: Speed

No matter the sport, speed is one of the most important factors in performance. But in order to train speed you have to understand what speed is and the many forms it comes in. On this episode Vern discusses speed, tips on developing speed, the role of speed drills, and more.

This Episode’s Question: What is speed and how do we train it?

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GAINcast Episode 15: More Than The Exercise

You look around social media and you will instantly see athletes and coaches sharing their latest greatest exercises. These exercises become the focus and whole programs are developed around them. But training is not just about the exercises; they are the means, not the end. On this episode of the GAINcast Vern discusses why training is about more than the exercise.

This Episode’s Question: Exercises are the building blocks of training, so why is it that athletic development is about more than the exercises? And what is it about then?

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GAINcast Episode 14: Difference Makers

Every coach searches for the difference makers; the things that mean the difference between wins and losses, between championships and relegation. On this week’s episode Vern talks about the most important difference makers he has found over his career.

This Episode’s Question: What are the real difference makers in training?

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GAINcast Episode 13: Athletic Development

We need a revolution. We are involved with developing athletes, yet so many people are focused the qualities in our job titles: strength and conditioning. No single component of conditioning can be solely responsible for the athletic development of any team or individual. On this episode Vern makes the case for why we need to redefine our profession.

This Episode’s Question: Why should our profession change its name from strength and conditioning to athletic development?

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GAINcast Episode 12: Innovation

In taking a page from the Silicon Valley playbook, sports performances teams worldwide are in search of the next way to innovate and disrupt their field. But when you look at the results in most cases people overthink innovation. This week’s episode looks at how coaches can implement the right change in their organization to bring about real improvements.

This Episode’s Question: How can coaches best implement innovation and change?

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GAINcast Episode 11: Coaching Art and Science

One of the biggest change in sports over the past half century has been the increased involvement of science. The role of science has been central in moving training forward, but it is the art of coaching that puts the science into practice on the field. Maintaining a healthy balance between art and science is essential to progress as a coach. In the words of Winston Churchill at the end of the day to get results “Science should be on tap, not on top.” On this episode, Vern dives in to the interplay between coaching art and science.

This Episode’s Question: What are coaching art and coaching science, and how do we balance the two?

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GAINcast Episode 10: What is strong?

Ever since athletes began strength training, coaches have been debating the role of strength in training. The questions come back over and over: What is strong? How much should we train strength? How strong do we need to be? On this week’s episode of the GAINcast Vern takes a look at this topic and provides some guidelines coaches can use to implement a balanced approach to strength training in their plans.

This Episode’s Question: What is strong and how much strength is enough?

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GAINcast Episode 9: Performance Influences (with Gary Winckler)

Gary Winckler is one of the top sprint and hurdle coaches in the world and also one of the most thoughtful and intelligent coaches out there. In 2008 Winckler retired after 23 years as a coach at the University of Illinois. During that time he coached over 300 All-Americans and more than a dozen Olympians. On this episode of the GAINcast Winckler explains the performance influences that led to his success as a coach. Read more