Travelle Ernest Gaines (born March 9, 1981 in Arabi, Louisiana) currently runs his own performance facility, Performance 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]


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, but was suspended in January 2000 for conduct detrimental to the university.[clarification needed] 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 October 2006, LSU campus police issued an arrest warrant for Gaines accusing him of violating Section 4:424 of Louisiana's statute, which prohibits interaction with student athletes.[5] Gaines was accused of violating that state law by inviting student-athletes to his home to meet a sports agent and although no charges were filed in East Baton Rouge Court, Gaines was fired as strength and conditioning coach at LSU.[6][7]

In 2007, Gaines founded Performance Gaines in Seattle, Washington and began to train players on his own.[8] 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.[9]

In 2011 Travelle Gaines and Performance Gaines, LLC were sued by Elite Athletics, LLC for Breach of Contract, Conversion and Unfair Business Practices for damages in excess of $284,355.00 (Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. LC091554). Shortly thereafter, Travelle Gaines and Performance Gaines, LLC stipulated to an undisclosed judgment against each of them.

Personal interestsEdit

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. Orlando Magic power forward Brandon Bass is first cousin to Travelle Gaines and the first NBA client Gaines trained.

See alsoEdit


  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. 3.0 3.1 "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. "LSU Has Assistant Coach Arrested". October 26, 2006. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  6. Lewis, Ted (October 25, 2006). "LSU assistant arrested in case involving agent". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  7. "LSUPD Makes Another Arrest in Sports Agent Case". October 24, 2006. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
  8. "Workout Warlord: Travelle Gaines aces the combine". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  9. "Chat with Travelle Gaines". Retrieved January 3, 2011.
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