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
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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
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
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
The effectiveness of your training doesn’t just come down to what you do, but how you do it. Doing things in a different sequence can result in a completely different effect. On this episode of the podcast we discuss the role of sequencing in training, tips on setting up your own training, as well as some of the benefits and disadvantages of different approaches. Read more
This year’s GAIN event is in the books. After a long drive home, Vern discusses some of the highlights and take aways from this year’s event on this episode of the GAINcast. Read more
Bryan Mann is well known for his research on velocity based training, but his interests are much more varied than that. On this week’s podcast we invite Dr. Mann back on to discuss his work on the relationship between stress and injuries, and his introduction to Bondarchuk’s methods over the past half year. Read more
Every athlete and coach dreams of setting up their own home gym. Both Nick and I have experience setting up home gyms and on this episode we share our tips in putting together an effective and inexpensive solution to train whenever you want. Read more
Understanding the demands of your sport is the first step in effective program design. On this episode Vern walks through his four-step process of defining sport demands and provides some practical examples from world-class coaches.
This Episode’s Question: How can coaches define and address the demands of their sport?
As opposed to many ground based sports, the search for transfer from strength training for swimmers can be difficult. But that makes the process more interested. On this episode we talk with preeminent swimming strength coach and Bridge Athletic co-founder Nick Folker about the search for transfer as well as the role of technology in training. Read more