GAINcast with Vern Gambetta

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The NBA game has changed drastically over the last few decades. At age 73, Ron Adams is the old guard in the new world trying to adapt classic fundamentals to the evolving game. On this week's GAINcast he joins us to talk about fundamentals, co
Sasha Rearick is turning a corner in his career. After a decade as head U.S. men's alpine coach and two decades with the federation, he's starting a new job guiding on of the world's top ski academies. He's bringing with him all the experience
Every coach make mistakes, and some mistakes we all make over and over again. On this week's GAINcast, we talk about eight common traps coaches fall into and how coaches can avoid them. For more information on this topic, read the complete show
We're changing things up on this week's episode. Rather than sharing a coaching perspective, we're looking at sport through the eyes of a former athlete, sports businesswoman, and daughter . . . not just any daughter, Vern's daughter. Kristen G
We all talk about good coaching and see to know it when we see it, but often we are lost for words when asked to describe it. On this week's GAINcast we dive into coaching excellence by defining it, sharing examples from our own experiences, ex
Americans might not recognize the name Ellyse Perry, but she is perhaps the most successful and versatile athlete in the world currently. She has made the World Cup in two different sports, and was recently named the top women's cricketer in th
We've been exploring speed training this month on both the GAIN Master Class and HMMR Media site. On this week's GAINcast we share our own thoughts on sprinting, including some recurring themes that have come up this month around mechanics, res
If running is a natural movement, then how come so many adults have poor running mechanics? Children can only develop skills in activities that they do, and therefore coaches and parents have to help them find the right activities that will nud
Recently, it seems everyone has discovered the value of sleep. While we all know intuitively how important sleep can be, the science of sleep in sport has been slow to follow. Pat Byrne was a pioneer of developing sleep and fatigue programs in
Following a strength training template is easy. Taking it, making it your own, and adapting it to your program is the hard part. It's an art, and one that Nick Garcia has mastered. On this week's podcast he joins us to talk about a case study o
We often think about the stimulus of key sessions or training phases. But more often than not adaptations come from the accumulation of training over the long-term. On this week's episode we look at the cumulative training effect, the role of s
Vern is known as one of the most well read people in sport. In 2020 he ready 137 books. On this week's GAINcast he shares his favorite books of the year, as well as some insights on the process of reading. For more information on this topic, re
We're bringing back our annual tradition to start off the year with a combined episode of the GAINcast and HMMR Podcast to discuss the state of training for sports. A lot has changed over the past year, so we sit down to discuss some of the big
Training is about preparing for the game. It's a simple concept, but we often lose sight of that when we dive too deep into tactics, strength training, or other facets of training. English Rugby coach Eddie Jones tries to bring this concept to
Middle-distance running requires a unique interplay of aerobic and anaerobic energetics. Historically, however, research on the events has centered on the aerobic side. Physiologist Gareth Sandford has sought to correct that imbalance by lookin
4The fields of nutrition and anti-aging are rife with misinformation and hucksters. Professor Stuart Phillips, on other hand, is the one in the background finding the real answers and doing the research. He joins this week's GAINcast to lay out
Technology has changed the world and sport over the last few decades. It has helped sport make substantial progress in some areas, but also failed to live up to the hype in others. On this week's episode we talk about how technology can best su
The GAIN Master Class Series has been going strong the last six months and we want to give you a taste of what it's about. Our latest event last week looked at reconsidering periodization, including a top panel discussion with leading practitio
What are the hurdles we face in sports performance? What hurdles do we face in getting a job, in supporting athletes, and in moving profession forward? Steve Ingham has looked closely at all of these questions as both a sports physiologist and
The best teams in the world aren't just teams, they are systems. A system lends order and structure to enable the coach and athlete to focus on the process. It provides a framework to build on. On this week's GAINcast we look at the power of sy
Every few years the periodization debate heats up. Periodization is an essential component to success in any sport, but traditional approaches need to be adapted to keep up with modern science and the changing demands of  modern sport. On this
Traditionally the rehabilitation process chases pristine movements. Grace Golden has a different approach: explore permutations of each movement and force the athlete to respond to their environment. After presenting at last month's GAIN Master
Dave Reddin has helped assemble performance teams and structures at England Rugby, the Football Association, and British Olympic Association. Together, they achieved historic results. On this week's GAINcast he joins us to discuss how coaches c
Sport is about competition. Without games or races, training often has little meaning. Sports are being forced to reevaluate their structure due to the global pandemic, so it as good a time as any to rethink what we can get out of competition a
Sports biomechanics came to age in the 1960s and 1970s with scientists like Betty Atwater at the forefront of this new field. A lot has changed in sports science over the last 50 years, but many of the foundational findings still hold and there
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