10 episodes

Athletic development pioneer Vern Gambetta dives into one training question each episode.

GAINcast with Vern Gambetta HMMR Media

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 44 Ratings

Athletic development pioneer Vern Gambetta dives into one training question each episode.

    Training quality

    Training 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.


    For more information on this topic, read the complete show notes at: https://www.hmmrmedia.com/2024/05/gaincast-episode-282-coaching-quality/
    The following links were also referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic: 

    The GAINcast is sponsored by GAIN and by HMMR Media. Join HMMR Media to get access to a vast library of online training resources, video, articles, podcasts, and more

    • 28 min
    Presentation zen (with Garr Reynolds)

    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.


    For more information on this topic, read the complete show notes at: https://www.hmmrmedia.com/2024/04/gaincast-episode-281-presentation-zen-with-garr-reynolds/
    The following links were also referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic: 

    The GAINcast is sponsored by GAIN and by HMMR Media. Join HMMR Media to get access to a vast library of online training resources, video, articles, podcasts, and more. You can learn more from Reynolds on his website, including 10 presentation tips. His book Presentation Zen is also highly recommended. You can also follow him on X (@presentationzen). Some more insights on communication up on HMMR Media: Lessons in communication from Wade Gilbert, Training talk with Harry Marra on coaching cues, 4 ways to rethink how you give feedback, and GAINcast 191: Teaching better with teacher Doug Lemov. Communication was also our theme in December 2021.

    • 34 min
    Training trends and current events

    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.


    For more information on this topic, read the complete show notes at: https://www.hmmrmedia.com/2024/03/gaincast-episode-280-training-trends-and-current-events/
    The following links were also referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic: 

    The GAINcast is sponsored by GAIN and by HMMR Media. Join HMMR Media to get access to a vast library of online training resources, video, articles, podcasts, and more. Our 2024 schedule for GAIN is online, including several weekend workshops. Sign up and we'll see you there.

    • 24 min
    Athlete profiling (with Jason Hettler)

    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.


    For more information on this topic, read the complete show notes at: https://www.hmmrmedia.com/2024/02/gaincast-episode-279-athlete-profiling-with-jason-hettler/
    The following links were also referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic: 

    The GAINcast is sponsored by GAIN and by HMMR Media. Join HMMR Media to get access to a vast library of online training resources, video, articles, podcasts, and more. You can learn more about Hettler on his webpage or follow him on Instagram (@jhettler24). Gareth Sandford has also shared some great examples of the athlete profiling for tennis on Instagram here and here. To develop the athlete profiling system, Hettler worked together with Johnny Parkes, Joe Eisenmann, and Gareth Sandford. All have been previous guests. Parkes was on GAINcast 171 and HMMR Podcast 227 and also is a contributing writer on this site. Eisenmann was on GAINcast 264. Sandford was on GAINcast 203. Hettler's former colleagues at Altis have also been on the HMMR Podcast previously. Stuart McMillan was on HMMR Podcast 202 and Dan Pfaff was on on HMMR Podcast 59 as well as two written interviews here and here.

    • 46 min
    The New Year's roundtable

    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.


    For more information on this topic, read the complete show notes at: https://www.hmmrmedia.com/2024/01/gaincast-episode-278-the-new-years-roundtable/
    The following links were also referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic: 

    The GAINcast is sponsored by GAIN and by HMMR Media. Join HMMR Media to get access to a vast library of online training resources, video, articles, podcasts, and more. We recorded similar episodes to kick off 2023 (GAINcast 258), 2022 (GAINcast 234), 2021 (GAINcast 206), 2019 (GAINcast 150), 2018 (GAINcast 98), and 2017 (GAINcast 46). Montioring was also a topic that came up several times. This was also covered on GAINcast 192 with Aaron Coutts and Franco Impellizzeri.

    • 54 min
    Books, travels, and Olympic preparations

    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.


    For more information on this topic, read the complete show notes at: https://www.hmmrmedia.com/2023/12/gaincast-episode-277-books-travels-and-olympic-preparations/
    The following links were also referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic: 

    The GAINcast is sponsored by GAIN and by HMMR Media. Join HMMR Media to get access to a vast library of online training resources, video, articles, podcasts, and more. Book recommendations mentioned in this episode: The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin The Core. Better Life, Better Performance by Aki Hintsa and Oskari Saari Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things by Adam Grant Clear Thinking: Turning Ordinary Moments into Extraordinary Results by Shane Parrish 7 Rules of Power: Surprising--but True--Advice on How to Get Things Done and Advance Your Career by Jeffrey Pfeffer Awaken Your Genius: Escape Conformity, Ignite Creativity, and Become Extraordinary by Ozan Varol Vern discussed his top books of 2022 and 2021 on GAINcast 259 and on GAINcast 231. You can also read his book lists from 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019. There's more from Adam Gran recently: a good interview with David Epstein and recent opinion piece in the New York Times on teaching. Other individuals discussed on this podcast have perviously been guests, including Ellyse Perry on GAINcast 213, Nick Lumley on GAINcast 166 (more from Nick here), and John Pryor on GAINcast 135 and 136. Also discussed was the talent identification research of Arne Gullich.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Mattyj99 ,

Extremely Helpful!!

As a new collegiate track and field coach, Vern and Martin bring so much to the table relative to information and topics and their own experience. They are sure to say that they are not the end-all be-all of the topics of discussion but rather give a ton of information, book recommendations, and insights to the world of track and field and the rabbit hole that you can get into with regards to training ideas.

Johnny Parkes ,

Love the GAINcast

Love listening to the podcast to and from work, great sources of information from experts and thought provoking.

Kielbaso ,

Great addition

Martin has done an excellent job of adding a quality podcast to the saturated market. Bringing in Coach Gambetta for this gives a unique perspective on training

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