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Laser focus workouts

Focus clearly only on what needs to be done to get training results that translate into competition performance. This demands a laser focus on the training tasks that are meaningful. Eliminate the nice to do activities that make you tired but don’t make you better. Never forget that less is more. Find out what works for your athletes and keep fine-tuning and tweaking that to achieve continual adaptation. Beware of variety and variation for the sake of variety as that is often a slippery slope. Read more

Think for yourself

Thirty years ago, when everyone was wearing polo shirts with an alligator on them I found a company that sold shirts with a rat on them. Not to be contrarian, but to make a statement. Be independent, think for yourself, analyze. Innovate don’t imitate. Read more

Resources on stress, adaptation and periodization

I’ve had the pleasure to work together with John Kiely over the past few years on a variety of topics and projects. We’re trying to start a new type of conversation around adaptation, stress, periodization, and planning. This week we released our latest webinar on understanding stress and adaptation. This is part of the conversation, but in order for the conversation to continue people have to keep exploring the topic. Every seminar we do ends with a list of books, articles, and resources attendees can read to explore the topic more. We’ve shared that list below. Enjoy and let us know your thoughts on these topics. Read more

Following the Flock

You can follow the flock and do the latest Topsy Turvy method that promises to raise GH levels if hold your breath for a minute after each set or the Dipsy Do training that uses repeat 50 meter sprints to train for a marathon. Read more

Notes (Advice) to My Younger Self

This post is a result of reflections on turning seventy and as I continue the 49th year of my coaching journey. These are thoughts on what I could have done better or at least differently. They are the results of questions in the process of mentoring other coaches and raising my children. The questions usually are: What have you learned? What would do differently? Hopefully this will stimulate you to think and learn from my mistakes, missteps and an occasional success. Read more

Coaching art & science

To be an effective coach it is necessary to be informed by science and artist to rival da Vinci. We know so much more today from a scientific perspective than when I started coaching 48 years ago and the information is easily accessible. But are we applying it as well as we can? We can do better. We have several generations of coaches who have been driven by science but come up short in the art, the practice and the craft of coaching. It’s not the science that is the problem it is the lack of artistic ability, the things you must do to be an effective coach of people. Read more

GAINcast Episode 87: What We’re Reading

Listeners often ask what books are on our shelf, so on this week’s episode we discuss what books we have read recently and what coaches can take away from them. We cover more than 20 titles that will be sure to add a few new books to your reading list. Read more

Coaching wisdom from a master coach Clay Erro

Clay Erro is the former football coach at Enterprise High School in Redding California. He is the winningest football coach in Northern California history. We have been privileged to have Clay as a GAIN faculty member. More important than his success was his ability to teach young men to be responsible adults and citizens. His approach was unconventional with premium on relationships and teaching. Read more

Putting the art of coaching in practice

Earlier in the year Lee Eldridge asked me to write down four simple coaching points to help advise young coaches. Eldridge, a English performance coach based in Geneva, put my input together with coaches like Nick Winkelman, Dan Baker, and more into a piece on the art of coaching for UKSCA members. You can check out my responses below. Read more