GAINcast Episode 231: Training talk

As we enter the final month in the year, it’s a good time to look back and share some of our recent thoughts about training and coaching. On this week’s GAINcast we cover a wide variety of topics including coaching and athlete specialization, finding a process, tips on organization, athleticism, sprint technique, and more.

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Notes and quotes

  • 0:00 – Introduction.
  • 1:45 – Specialization in coaching: “Coaches are specializing in narrower and narrower areas, but is the athlete getting better from this? The real success comes from connecting the dots.”
  • 8:15 – Balancing specialization and range.
  • 11:15 – Organizing technical training with more athletes.
  • 15:15 – Comparing analog vs. digital training journals.
  • 17:30 – Finding focus.
  • 21:00 – Processes: “Trust the process. But what’s the process?” “All the talk about process has lost its substance. Having a process isn’t enough. A good process isn’t just there, it is evolving and improving. Just because you have a process doesn’t mean it’s good and that you need to trust it.”
  • 26:00 – Front vs. backside mechanics.
  • 32:15 – Athleticism: “If you are not a good athlete and cannot do basic foundational movements, the training universe becomes very small.”
  • 37:15 – Lessons from Federer.

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Further reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic: