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Beyond the Bullsh*t is Back

Last year John Kiely and I put together an cutting edge seminar on periodisation, planning and performance in Limerick. Rather than just describing the latest and greatest periodisation plan, we discussed the process of planning for sports and how to truly get the most from you and your athletes. To my knowledge, it was the first seminar of its kind. It was well received and therefore we have decided to bring it to London this year. Read more

GAIN 2017 Theme

Each year for have a theme that serves as a focal point for our presentations and discussions for that year. This year our theme is:

Making Connections to Foster Meaningful Change & Innovation Read more

Time for Some Med Ball

Everything old is new again. Medicine ball training has been around since Persian wrestlers trained with sand-filled bladders thousands of years ago. But over the past few decades medicine balls have received more widespread adoption as a tool to develop coordination and power. Today we release our latest HMMR Classroom video. This is the fifth in our series and it focuses on medicine balls. On the 20 minute video Nick Garcia and I discuss why we use medicine balls and then demonstrate four sample medicine ball routines. You can get a taste for what the video includes in the snippet below. Read more

Where is Periodization Headed?

Modern sport has changed drastically over the past several decades. More money has entered sports, seasons have gotten longer, travel demands have increased, along with many other changes. The result is that we are no longer training towards the same goals that we once were. Our periodization models, however, have not always adapted to keep up with the current reality. Read more

The GAIN Story

GAIN started in 2007 but the genesis of GAIN goes back to the start of my coaching career in 1969. It is forged in my experience early in my career when I was able to gather in an Intense concentrated setting with bright inquisitive minds in one place to share and learn. It quickly became clear to me that anytime I could gather with professional colleagues to exchange ideas that my performance as a coach would improve. It started to come together for me in July 1972 at the first AAU Learning By Doing Track & Field Clinic. This clinic lasted four days from 7:00 AM in the morning to 9:00 PM at night and then there were the discussions about what we had learning that went late into the night. I came away from that experience vowing to repeat that experience wherever and whenever possible. It was career changing for me. I now had a network of coaches I could communicate with, I no longer felt like the Lone Ranger. Going forward into the 1980’s a group of us would gather at every opportunity, usually at National Championships or conventions with the express purpose to share ideas and cross check each others training programs. Read more

Upcoming Rhode Island Throwing Clinic

World record holder Yuri Sedykh will be in Rhode Island on Sunday for a hands-on hammer throwing clinic. In addition, the National Throws Coaches Association will be hosting a shot put and discus clinic on Sunday. It’s not too late to sign up. More information is below. Read more

GAIN 2017 – Apply Now

is a community of professionals eager to learn and willing to share ideas and information. GAIN is not about more exercises, sets, reps and training methods it is about passionate people who pursue excellence with honesty, integrity and respect to make a difference in the lives of the people we coach and teach. This is the tenth year of GAIN; it started 2007 with twelve attendees and four instructors and has grown to sixty attendees from all over the world and fifteen faculty. Read more

GAINcast Episode 41: GAIN Time

Next year will mark the 10th edition of GAIN. On this week’s episode we reveal next year’s faculty, give an overview of what GAIN is about, and walk you through a day at GAIN. Read more

Athletic Development Seminar in LA

Developing coordination, athleticism, and conditioning are unfortunately not just tasks for youth coaches nowadays. Due to trends like early specialization, the decline of school PE, and less general play by kids athletes show up as high school freshmen, college freshman, and even as professional athletes unprepared to train. Read more

GAINcast Episode 34: Live from Glasgow

Two weeks ago Vern and I got the opportunity to present at the Scottish Athletics annual coaching conference. At the end of the seminar we got that chance to pose some questions to all the presenters at a roundtable session. We recorded that discussion and present it as this week’s episode. Read more