GAINcast Episode 122: Competition management

Coaches wear many hats, one of which is manager. In April we discussed training session management. On this week’s GAINcast we look at another management function: competition management. When you think of the amount of time we invest in training, competition management demands our focus. Poor competition management means all of our preparation is for not. To help, we share our experiences and the key factors to consider in competition management and preparation. Read more

GAINcast Episode 121: Coaching better (with Wade Gilbert)

All coaches want to get better, but how many have a structured plan to do that? Getting better doesn’t happen on its own. Professor Wade Gilbert’s job is to study the best coaches in the business, and on this episode of the GAINcast he joins us to talk about what the best coaches do to improve their craft, including some common traits of high performing environments and ideas on how to practice better. Read more

GAINcast Episode 120: Fifty years on

Fifty years ago this week, Vern finished his last college exam and the world was changing all around him. It was the summer of 1968. On this episode we take a look back at the country in 1968, learning to become a coach, and take a stab and predicting what the next 50 years have in store for sport. Read more

GAINcast Episode 119: Resisted and assisted sprinting

As with anything, variation can help with the development of speed. Sprinted with varied amounts of resistance and assistance can help develop specific strength, power, and technique. On this week’s episode of the GAINcast we explain and evaluate the various methods for resisted and assisted sprinting, and discuss how to implmement them in training. Read more

GAINcast Episode 118: It’s all about effort (with Alex Hutchinson)

In his new book, Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance, Alex Hutchinson tries to synthesize to wave of recent research on how the mind and body control human performance. In the end, he writes, the competing theories all come down to effort. Effort is what matters. On this week’s episode we discuss his book, how effort can be trained, and great examples of some of these theories in practice. Read more

GAINcast Episode 117: Moving, fast and slow

Movement is the foundational feature of sport. If you can’t move, you can’t play. Heck, it’s the foundational feature of life. Looking back at history, if you couldn’t move, you wouldn’t eat. On this episode of the GAINcast we talk about the basic principles of good movement, building better foundational movements, and helping athletes connect them through training progressions. Read more

GAINcast Episode 116: Learning to learn

Learning is a journey akin to a mystery; you must follow your curiosity and see what it uncovers. Therefore it is impossible to tell you how to learn, but it is possible to share some best practices on learning. On this episode of the GAINcast, we share some our journeys in learning, what can make the learning process better and, as always, a few book reviews. Read more

GAINcast Episode 115: Train speed in

Much of what is called speed training has the opposite effect of what we want. Rather than training speed in, things like wind sprints simply train speed out. You have to express speed in a climate of fatigue, but you don’t develop it in a climate of fatigue. On this episode of the GAINcast, Vern discusses his approach to training speed for team sports, balancing different types of speed training, and examples of how micro doses of speed work can work wonders. Read more

GAINcast Episode 114: Building an academy (with Finn Gundersen)

The Burke Mountain Academy was America’s first ski academy. What is unique about it is not how progressive it was, but how that progressive mindset has stood the test of time. After nearly 50 years it continues to refine its ability to develop Olympic skiers an world-class individuals. On this week’s GAINcast co-founder Finn Gundersen joins us to discussion the beginnings and growth of the academy, as well as his current work in coaches education in soccer and other sports. Read more

GAINcast Episode 113: Training session management

Coaches wear many hats, one of which is manager. They manage players, staff, and the training session. Training session management is the cornerstone of the coaching management functions because it occurs daily and sometime multiple times in a day. The effectiveness of a training session often depends more on management than its content. On this episode of the GAINcast Vern shares examples and best practices in training session management. Read more