GAINcast Episode 282: Coaching quality

A lot has been going on in the sporting world this spring, and in our worlds as well. On this week’s GAINcast we discuss a variety of topics including finding and measuring training quality, variability in skill execution, the right role for biomechanics analysis in coaching, and unstructured training.

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GAINcast Episode 281: Presentation zen (with Garr Reynolds)

Communication is the cornerstone of coaching. Garr Reynold’s best-selling book Presentation Zen explains how to reach the audience through simplicity and storytelling. He joins us on this weeks’ GAINcast to discuss how these lessons can be helpful for coaches as well, including insights on editing, simplicity, material, and methods.

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GAINcast Episode 280: Training trends and current events

On this week’s episode we discuss some recent training trends and current events, including the World Indoor Championships, competition scheduling in an Olympic year, zone 2 training, the NFL combine, and much more.

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GAINcast Episode 279: Athlete profiling (with Jason Hettler)

What sport you play is different than how you play that sport. In the game of tennis, for example, vastly different styles of play emerge, which require a different approach to preapre for. On this week’s GAINcast Jason Hettler of IMG Academy Tennis explains their process of profiling athletes, matching to game style, and individualizing training.

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GAINcast Episode 278: The New Year’s roundtable

To kick of 2024 we’re putting together a spectacular roundtable featuring guests Dr. Michael Joyner, Grace Golden, and Randy Ballard. We take a look back at trends from 2023, as well as what we see ahead in 2024. In addition we dive into the value of tribes, rethinking monitoring, soft skills, and much more to kick off the year.

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GAINcast Episode 277: Books, travels, and Olympic preparations

On this week’s GAINcast Vern shares his top 6 books of 2023, key insights after recent travels to Europe and Australia, plus thoughts as we look ahead at preparing for the 2024 Olympics.

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GAINcast Episode 276: Thoughts on strength

A recent interview on HMMR Media shared some of the weight room numbers of the hammer throw world champion. After hearing them, everyone asked: how can a champion be so weak? Strength is complex. Strength is contextual. On this week’s podcast we share some ideas about the role of strength in athletic performance, transfer of strength, training strength, and much more.

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GAINcast Episode 275: Championship behaviors (with Hugh McCutcheon)

Championship results require championship behaviors from both athletes and coaches. Having guided multiple men’s and women’s teams at the highest levels, volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon knows a thing or two about what championships behaviors are. On this week’s GAINcast he joins us to share his input on finding intention, putting skill acquisition into practice, coaching, and more.

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GAINcast Episode 274: Lessons learned

We take a look at some current events and current happenings in our own training to reflect on some lessons learned on this week’s GAINcast. To start with we debrief the USWNT’s disappointing performance at the World Cup, before sharing lessons on how to best draw parallels from past experiences to working with new sports, including some examples from new sports we’ve been introduced to in the last year.

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GAINcast Episode 273: The ACL

The start of the recent women’s World Cup in soccer has turned focus to the rash of ACL injuries in the sport, and the particular impact it has had on female players. On this week’s GAINcast Vern looks at the structure of the knee, risk factors for injuries, and what coaches can do to help reverse trends for women and men.

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