In various roles as a distance running coach, throwing coach, strength and conditioning coach, and physical performance specialist Carrie Lane has helped athletes in almost every capacity possible. Her career has also come full circle in a way: she began as a runner and distance coach, then worked with some of the world’s best throwers like Adam Nelson, and is now back working with a variety of individuals including endurance athletes again. Working across so many sports and cultures have given her a unique insight on training and she joins the podcast to share her experiences and discuss what we can learn other sports. Read more
On the most recent episode of Iron Game Chalk Talk, Nick Garcia sits down with host Ron McKeefery to discuss his background and approach to training. Nick is known for cutting through the bullshit and he packs an incredible amount of information into this half-hour episode. He gives the most concise (and accurate) definite of Bondarchuk’s periodization I’ve ever heard. And, even regular listeners of our podcast will learn something more about Nick’s background and how he got started and first inspired in coaching. Plus Nick touches on his favorite books, apps, influences and more. You can listen to the full episode below. Read more
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?
The more we understand the complexity of training, the more coaches need to stay up on the latest developments in sports science. Our in-house sports science expert and former Olympic sprinter Craig Pickering joins us on this week’s podcast to discuss how coaches should incorporate sports science into training, tips for taking the first step to learn about an intimidating field, and some recent research and trends he has been following. Read more
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?
As Nick wrote in a post last week, he is all for drills. I am more of a skeptic in the drill department, having seen so many worthless drills over my career. But as usual, there are some common points we can agree on and in this episode we discuss drills and try to find the proper place for them in training. Read more
Everyone who reads this site should be listening to our two podcasts: the HMMR Podcast and the GAINcast. However that should just be the starting point for coaches as there are many more great podcasts online. If you are training for field sports, for example, a must listen is the Rugby Strength Podcast with coach Keir Wenham-Flatt. Read more
Developing high-level performance is not an easy thing. There’s a hugely complex mess of factors and science has taken a simplistic approach that, in the end, does not always provide us with the answers we need and we are left to fill in the gap ourselves. In light of our upcoming seminar with Irish coach and academic John Kiely, on this episode we sit down with Kiely to discuss one of the topics he will be presenting on: what are the mental biases we confront when trying to fill the gaps. Read more
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?
There is no such thing as evidence-based training without the evidence. Evidence for coaches comes from feedback. And a key form of feedback are performance tests. On this week’s episode we discuss how to get the most out of testing in training. Read more