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HMMR Podcast Episode 62: The Warrior Way (with Lachlan Penfold)

This year the Golden State Warriors were the buzz of the basketball world after they achieved a record 73 wins in the season. As soon as a team gets successful, the search for the reasons why quickly follow. On this week’s podcast we are joined by Lachlan Penfold, head of physical performance and sports medicine for the Warriors. He shares with us what he saw as keys to the team’s success, how he transitioned from rugby to basketball, and more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 24: Strength Training Influences

Modern strength training has come about through the influence of many other sports like gymnastics, bodybuilding, powerlifting, and more. In order to design the best program you can, it is necessary to understand the role each of these influences played and analyzed how it can fit into your plan going forward. On this episode Vern discusses the different influences that have shaped modern strength training, and the positive and negatives each influence brings brought with it. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 61: Anti-Doping (with Pierre-Jean Vazel)

We are less than a week from the start of the Olympics. But rather than talking about the athletes, the main story continues to be doping. More specifically, the topic is the failure of the current anti-doping systems. On this week’s podcast we bring on guest Pierre-Jean Vazel. As both a journalist and elite sprinting coach, Vazel has a unique perspective on the topic. We discuss how we got into this current mess, issues with the current system, and what hope we have for moving past these mistakes. Read more

GAINcast Episode 23: Being the Best

What does it take to be the best? Well for starters it takes talent, but at the highest level talent is not the deciding factor. It comes down to the decisions athletes make along the way. In this episode Vern shares the traits he sees as requirements to be the best based on five decades of experience working first hand with many of the best across different sports. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 60: Nick Rants

Nick is easily irritated, and sometimes he needs to let off some of that steam. On this episode we dive into a few of Nick’s most recent rants and pet peeves on a wide variety of topics. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 59: Subjective Feedback (with Dan Pfaff)

In an era when coaches are searching out more and more objective data to evaluate training, master coach Dan Pfaff has been using more and more subjective data to assist him. Subjectivity has been given a bad reputation lately, but it offers many advantages to coaches: it is cheap, it is easy to implement, it saves time, and can often times be more accurate. On this episode of the podcast Pfaff joins us to discuss the role subjective feedback plays in his training. Plus, for track fans, we discuss some of the failure of the Diamond League’s new rules for field event athletes. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 58: Warming Up

Every training sessions starts with a warm up. We often focus our attention on the next parts of training, but hidden in the warm up are some of the most important aspects of training. It is a chance to set the tone of the session. It is a chance to do a substantial amount of work. It is a chance to develop robust athletes. It is a chance to assess your athletes. And so much more, including a chance to warm up. On this week’s podcast we talk about all things warm up. Read more

GAINcast Episode 20: Getting Better at Getting Better

The goal of every coach is to improve. But that’s easier said than done. In this episode Vern discusses the continuous quest for improvement and his tips for how coaches can get better and getting better. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 57: The Program (with Bill Pendleton)

Every coach wants to build a program. They want to not just produce a good athlete, but set up a factory that keeps pumping out champions. That is exactly what Bill Pendleton has done with the track and football programs at Esperanza High School in Anaheim. On this episode we take a look at the approach and philosophy that Pendleton credits with creating the program. Read more

GAINcast Episode 19: Winning the Workout

You have to win workouts before you can ever think about winning a competition. Winning the workout isn’t about intensity or duration or how much you vomit. Just doing work is not good enough at a certain level. It’s about how much thought you put into it and how you execute every single detail. On this week’s GAINcast, Vern discusses which details count and tips for how you can win your workouts. Read more