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Travelle Ernest Gaines (born March 9, 1981 in Arabi, Louisiana) currently now runs his own performance facility, Athletic Gaines,[1] after several years at Athletes’ Performance, an athletic training company based in Phoenix, Arizona.[2] Since starting Performance Gaines in 2007, Travelle has worked with over 200 professional athletes, including both professional football and basketball players. His work has been featured on ESPN, NFL Network, and Fox Sports.[citation needed] High-profile professional players include National Football League players Reggie Bush, Chris Johnson, Jon Beason, and Ryan Mathews, and National Basketball Association player Brandon Roy.[3] On July 17, 2013 Travelle launched Athletic Gaines Nutrition, the highly anticipated sports nutritional line branded as AGN.


Gaines played football at De La Salle High School in Concord, California and Vanden High School in Fairfield, California. In 1997-98, while at Vanden High School, Gaines was named the Northern California Offensive Player of the Year. Gaines also played baseball and was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball Draft in 1998. During his collegiate career Gaines did not have the same success he had in high school: he committed to play football under University of Southern California Head Coach John Robinson, but after Robinson was fired in the fall of 1997 he elected not to play and sat out the 1998 season. In 1999, Gaines joined the scout squad at Utah State University. Gaines played one season for the football team at San Jose State in 2001, where he graduated in 2003.


In 2003, Gaines became defensive coordinator and special teams coach at James Lick High School in San Jose, California, where he inherited a program that had not won a game in three years. After one season James Lick finished with a 7-3 record in the San Jose’s Blossom Valley Athletic League.[4] Between 2004 and 2006 Gaines worked three years as a Division 1 strength and condition coach at both the University of Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana State University, learning the craft of weight lifting under Olympic weight lifting coach Gayle Hatch.

In 2007, Gaines founded Performance Gaines in Seattle, Washington and began to train players on his own.[5] Starting with six players including Marcus Trufant and Erik Coleman, within a few months the program grew to include 30 players, the biggest NFL off-season training program in the country.[3] Marketing was primarily by word of mouth. Gaines has also worked with star athletes such as Reggie Bush, Chris Johnson, Brandon Roy and Bob Sanders.[6]

Personal interests[edit]

American born author Ernest J. Gaines, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and many writing accolades, is the uncle of Travelle Gaines. Gaines is also personal trainer to Hank Baskett of the Minnesota Vikings, husband of Kendra Wilkinson of the reality television show Kendra and Kendra on Top, on which Gaines has appeared. San Francisco 49ers Travis LaBoy is the godfather of Travelle’s son and LaBoy was also a client of Gaines.

See also[edit]

  • Tommy Moffitt
  • Gayle Hatch


  1. ^ "Performance Gaines: What do conditioning tests really tell you?". Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Travelle Gaines Joins the Athletes' Performance Team". Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Workout Warlord: Travelle Gaines aces the combine". Washington Post. Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  4. ^ "A Stunning Turnaround". June 9, 2005. Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Workout Warlord: Travelle Gaines aces the combine". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Chat with Travelle Gaines". Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
   7. "Gaines gets players ready for camp". Fox Sports. July 23, 2013
   8.  "How Training Guru Gets NFL Stars Ready for Training Camps" BleacherReport. July 22, 2013
   9. "Workout Confidential" NFL.com. July 23, 2013
  10. "Athletic Gaines Nutrition Launches A New Highly-Anticipated Nutrition Line" PR NewsWire. July 11, 2013
  11. "Why Broncos' Ronnie Hillman Thinks He'll Win Starting Job" Bleacher Report. July 25, 2013
  12. "Giants' Terrell Thomas Thinks He'll Be the X-Factor in 2013" Bleacher Report. July 25, 2013

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 23:36:22 -0800

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I've got the best trainers in the nation in Chris Johnson and Travelle Gaines. They prepared me for it. It's different, but I'm learning. I'm going to keep getting better, because I'm never going to stop working." Butler did work like crazy in the ...

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Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:06:01 -0800

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Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:02:01 -0800

“Because I have a bet with my trainer (that) I'll play 82 games,” said Butler with a smile. “When I'm nicked up, my trainer, Mr. Travelle Gaines said 'we gotta get you to play 82'. So I gotta take care of my body, hydrate, take care of my knees. He ...

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