GAINcast 142: Book club

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes there are things words can express uniquely. A good book can teach you in a way that other methods simply can’t. On this episode of the GAINcast we look at a few of the books that truly helped shape us as coaches. In addition, we discuss which individuals we’d like to sit down and have a beer with. Read more

GAINcast Episode 141: Athletic medicine (with Ed Ryan)

Ed Ryan has supported athletes at the highest level as Medical Director for the USOC, head athletic trainer for USA Basketball, and most recently with the US Tennis Association’s National Academy. But it was a long road to get there. On this episode of the GAINcast, Ryan joins us to reflect on his career, influences, and lessons learned along the way. Read more

GAINcast Episode 140: Beyond the exercise

Exercises are the basic element of training, but the value in an exercise lies in more than first meets the eye. On this episode of the GAINcast we look beyond the exercise to discuss finding context, creating exercise menus and developing progressions so that coaches can find exercises that based on the value they add and not how they look. Read more

GAINcast Episode 139: Training speed (with Brian FitzGerald)

When it comes to high school sprinting, few can match the credentials of Brian FitzGerald. The 2016 USA Today national track coach of the year has led athletes to California state titles in each of the past four decades, including athletes named Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News. Behind the high level results are some basic training principles. He joins this week’s GAINcast to lay out his eight basic principles of speed training. Read more

GAINcast Episode 138: In-season training

The season used to be thought of as a time to back off of training, but as seasons have gotten longer and longer coaches have needed to rethink their approach to in-season training. On this episode of the GAINcast we look at in-season training strategies for team and individuals sports. Read more

GAINcast Episode 137: The microcycle

If coaches sit around and talk about training, the discussion quickly focuses on either exercise selection and session design or periodization. In other words, we tend to focus on the small picture or the big picture. The microcycle is what connects the two. Coaches can get things right at both ends of the spectrum and still miss the mark if they do not connect them. On this episode of the GAINcast we talk about key the importance of the microcycle, key points to consider in designing the microcycle, and some examples from our own plans. Read more

GAINcast Episode 136: The anatomy of agility part 2 (with Frans Bosch and John Pryor)

On last week’s GAINcast we started a discussion on agility with Frans Bosch and John Pryor, looking at transfer, traditional strength training, and common misconceptions of their work.Bosch and Pryor have formed a strong partnership that has helped redefine strength and conditioning by bringing together the science of coaching and art of coaching. On this week’s GAINcast we continue the conversation to look at the first step in implementing Bosch’s ideas, redefining general training, connecting movements, and more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 135: The anatomy of agility – part 1 (with Frans Bosch and John Pryor)

The work of Frans Bosch and John Pryor has created a new discussion around strength training, coordination, and motor learning over the past few years. Bosch has been a thought leader, while Pryor has taken the application of the concepts to new levels in his work with Japan and Fiji rugby. Both are coming to the US in December for a series of seminars, and we got them to join the GAINcast for a two-part interview on a wide range of topics. Part 1 of our interview looks at how their work has evolved and how they began working together, transfer of training, the role of traditional strength training, and misinterpretations of Bosch’s work. Read more

GAINcast Episode 134: Sports science has lost its way (with Tony Strudwick)

Over the last decade the field of sports science has grown exponentially. At the same time it has started to lose its way. Rather than telling players what they can do, it often tells players what they can’t. Rather than focusing on adaptations, it focuses on measuring loads. And rather than being coach-driven, training has become driven more by the backroom staff. On this episode of the GAINcast, Tony Studwick shares his experience as a sports scientist. In more than a decade with Manchester United he saw first hand how the field has evolved and what the best teams do differently in this area. Read more

GAINcast Episode 133: Getting better feedback

Having a process to collect feedback is critical, but even more important is the type of feedback you get. If the process is not producing actionable steps to improve or reinforce what you did, it is not doing its job. On this week’s GAINcast we look at how coaches can improve debriefing and other feedback processes to get the information they are looking for to make them better coaches. Read more