10 episodes

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

GAINcast with Vern Gambetta HMMR Media

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 38 Ratings

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

    Live Q&A

    Live Q&A

    On Vern's recent visit to Switzerland we did a live Q&A, answering questions and exchanging ideas on a variety of topics including: measuring strength, building connections, enhancing training transfer, best practices for combining different training methods, rethinking overload, strength training for endurance athletes, and more.
    For more information on this topic, read the complete show notes at: https://www.hmmrmedia.com/2022/11/gaincast-episode-256-live-qa/

    Further reading
    The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:

    The GAINcast is sponsored by GAIN. Prior GAIN attendees can renew their membership to get continued access to the GAIN library and this year's talks. If you haven't been to GAIN before, sign up for the GAIN Master Class series for access to 24 in-depth lectures on a variety of athletic development topics. We're also brought to you by HMMR Media. Join HMMR Media to get access to a vast library of online training resources, video, articles, podcasts, and more. We reference Swiss coach Jean-Pierre Egger several times in the questions. Check out our interview with him, and you can learn more about his methods here.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    On testing

    On testing

    Testing is a crucial part of the training and coaching process. On this episode of the GAINcast Vern walks through his approach to testing and shares his best practices, including a walk through of how he set up and implemented the testing program at the Chicago White Sox in the 1990s.
    For more information on this topic, read the complete show notes at: https://www.hmmrmedia.com/2022/11/gaincast-episode-255-on-testing/

    Further reading
    The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
    The GAINcast is sponsored by GAIN. Prior GAIN attendees can renew their membership to get continued access to the GAIN library and this year's talks. If you haven't been to GAIN before, sign up for the GAIN Master Class series for access to 24 in-depth lectures on a variety of athletic development topics. We're also brought to you by HMMR Media. Join HMMR Media to get access to a vast library of online training resources, video, articles, podcasts, and more. We discussed the 1990s White Sox testing protocol on this week's episode. You can watch Vern explain and demonstrate the tests in this vintage YouTube video. Two past episodes also discussed different aspects of testing: GAINcast 167: Testing use and abuse and GAINcast 101: Test practices. Also check out the recent GAINcast 253 for more on athlete journaling.

    • 31 min
    In the water (with Kira Toussaint and Drew Kibler)

    In the water (with Kira Toussaint and Drew Kibler)

    We often talk about training methods and culture with coaches, but the athlete's perspective is just as important. World class swimmers Kira Toussaint and Drew Kibler join this week's GAINcast to share their point of view. Both athletes utilize the GAIN dryland program and share their input on what they need to reach the podium and what drives the training environment in their own training group.
    For more information on this topic, read the complete show notes at: https://www.hmmrmedia.com/2022/10/gaincast-episode-254-in-the-water-with-kira-toussaint-and-drew-kibler/

    Further reading
    The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
    The GAINcast is sponsored by GAIN. Prior GAIN attendees can renew their membership to get continued access to the GAIN library and this year's talks. If you haven't been to GAIN before, sign up for the GAIN Master Class series for access to 24 in-depth lectures on a variety of athletic development topics. We're also brought to you by HMMR Media. Join HMMR Media to get access to a vast library of online training resources, video, articles, podcasts, and more. You can follow Kibler (@drew_kibler) and Toussaint (@kiratoussaint) on Instagram. Both Kibler and Toussaint's coaches have been guests on the GAINcast. On GAINcast 52 we sat down with the Carmel Swim Club stagg. on GAINcast 29 we talked with University of Tennessee coach Matt Kredich. Swimming has also been a central topic on GAINcast 251 and GAINcast 66 with Chris Webb, GAINcast 153 with swim physiotherapist Tom barton, and GAINcast 75 with former Michigan Jim Richardson. You can learn more from Webb and GAIN Swimming on Instagram (@gain_swim), Twitter (@GAINSwimming), or the GAIN Swimming website.11222

    • 58 min
    Journaling (with Paul Kilgannon)

    Journaling (with Paul Kilgannon)

    The lost art of journaling is a great practice for any sportsperson, of any age. Coach and consultant Paul Kilgannon draws on his teaching background to help athletes develop good journaling habits to improve their performance. On this week's podcast he shares some tips to journal better, as well as his CARVER coaching framework.
    For more information on this topic, read the complete show notes at: https://www.hmmrmedia.com/2022/10/gaincast-episode-253-journaling-with-paul-kilgannon/

    Further reading
    The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
    The GAINcast is sponsored by GAIN. Prior GAIN attendees can renew their membership to get continued access to the GAIN library and this year's talks. If you haven't been to GAIN before, sign up for the GAIN Master Class series for access to 24 in-depth lectures on a variety of athletic development topics. We're also brought to you by HMMR Media. Join HMMR Media to get access to a vast library of online training resources, video, articles, podcasts, and more. You can follow Kilgannon on Instagram (@carver_coaching) and Twitter (@carver_coaching). You can purchase his books, including Coaching Children in Sport: The CARVER Framework, as well as learn more about his consulting and other services on his webpage.

    • 48 min
    On training

    On training

    On this week's episode we jump into the trenches and look at some recent training trends, misconceptions, and ideas on planning. We also share some examples of good training we've seen first hand this summer.
    For more information on this topic, read the complete show notes at: https://www.hmmrmedia.com/2022/09/gaincast-episode-252-on-training/

    Further reading
    The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
    The GAINcast is sponsored by GAIN. Prior GAIN attendees can renew their membership to get continued access to the GAIN library and this year's talks. If you haven't been to GAIN before, sign up for the GAIN Master Class series for access to 24 in-depth lectures on a variety of athletic development topics. We're also brought to you by HMMR Media. Join HMMR Media to get access to a vast library of online training resources, video, articles, podcasts, and more. We mentioned Vern's new morning walks project. You can see them all on Instagram (@gainnetwork). We've also compiled the first 10 thoughts here and here. Our recent discussion on motor learning in session design with Kevin Becker on HMMR Podcast 282 was discussed on this podcast. That was one of many articles and interviews from August and September on the topic of session design. On the topic of the pole vault, we recommend listening to this interview with former American pole vault record holder Brad Walker and learning more also from coach Herbert Czingon.

    • 37 min
    Swim time (with Chris Webb)

    Swim time (with Chris Webb)

    Earlier this month the annual GAIN Swimming event took place. Over the past decade, GAIN has become the leading name when it comes to dry land training. On this week's podcast Chris Webb and Vern discuss what GAIN Swimming is all about and how they are trying to reinvent dry land training for swimmers of all levels.
    For more information on this topic, read the complete show notes at: https://www.hmmrmedia.com/2022/09/gaincast-episode-251-swim-time-with-chris-webb/

    Further reading
    The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
    The GAINcast is sponsored by GAIN. Prior GAIN attendees can renew their membership to get continued access to the GAIN library and this year's talks. If you haven't been to GAIN before, sign up for the GAIN Master Class series for access to 24 in-depth lectures on a variety of athletic development topics. We're also brought to you 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 Webb and GAIN Swimming on Instagram (@gain_swim), Twitter (@GAINSwimming), or the GAIN Swimming website. Webb was also a guest on GAINcast 66 where he talked with Vern about the champion's choice.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 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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