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
Culture is a buzzword in athletics. But it is more than just some slogan you put on the wall in your gym. It is about creating the heart of your team. On this episode of the GAINcast we dig a bit deeper into the topic to find out what team culture really is, what successful teams have in common, and how coaches can work on finding it.
This Episode’s Question: What is training culture and how can a coach build it?
We choose a little different format for this week’s episode of the GAINcast. Rather than have Vern tackle a question, we invited on a guest: Dr. Wade Gilbert. Gilbert is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Fresno State University, a faculty member at GAIN 2016 and serves as editor-in-chief of the International Sport Coaching Journal. On this week’s episode he tackles questions about the coaching profession, coaching values and culture, the art of coaching, and more. Read more
A recent trend in programming is the implementation of “injury prevention” sessions into training. But as Vern wrote about last week, injury prevention training doesn’t always prevent injuries. In fact, it might be causing injuries in some cases. On this episode of the GAINcast, Vern tackles the following question:
This Episode’s Question: Does injury prevention training help or hurt athletes?
Two essential elements of training are context and progression. Context establishes the nature of the relationship of the various components of training within the system. And progression, in its simplest form moves the workload from simple to complex, easy to hard and general to specific. On this episode of the GAINcast Vern talks about how context and progression can be properly integrated in training. Read more
Periodization is just a fancy word for planning and creating a good plan should be central to any coach’s approach. It is something that effective coaches have done forever. On this week’s episode Vern dives into the topic of periodization and planning. Read more
GAIN is more than just a coaches conference, it is a learning experience. But what makes it different? And how did Vern come up with this formula? On this week’s episode Vern talks about the history of GAIN, what he is trying to create, and what keeps people coming back for more. Read more
Vern has a few quotes he is famous for, and perhaps none more so than telling coaches to “Train movements, not muscles.” This is one of the foundations of his philosophy and it helps to take a step back and look at why it is so important. Therefore on the question we address on this episode of the GAINcast is:
This Episode’s Question: Why is it so important to train movements instead of muscles? And how do we do that?