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
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
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
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
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
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
The goal of every coach is to improve. But that’s easier said than done. In this episode Vern discusses the continuous quest for improvement and his tips for how coaches can get better and getting better. Read more
You have to win workouts before you can ever think about winning a competition. Winning the workout isn’t about intensity or duration or how much you vomit. Just doing work is not good enough at a certain level. It’s about how much thought you put into it and how you execute every single detail. On this week’s GAINcast, Vern discusses which details count and tips for how you can win your workouts. Read more
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
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?