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Vern Gambetta
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Do You Really Know Why?

Do you really know why you do what you do, how you do it & when? Stop & think. Are you doing it because everyone else is doing it? That is not good enough. Are you making your athlete tired…Continue

Started Mar 4

One Way

If someone is trying to tell you there one way or there is a secret method run as fast possible away from them.Continue

Started Mar 3

GAINcast - Podcast

You can listen to and subscribe to my GAINcast podcast hosted HMMR Media by using any of the following links:Website for GAINcast:…Continue

Started Feb 18

HMMR Podcast

There are some pearls here - Check it out! New podcast: @coachgambetta @nick_g_garcia & @bingisser share stories and discuss best ways to become a better coach…Continue

Started Feb 15


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Numbers – The Search for Meaning

In the rush toward big data and gathering numbers I see the real challenge as making the numbers meaningful. Certainly technology enables us to gather numbers on almost any parameter we want to measure. We are now able to measure and quantify parameters that I dreamed about measuring 46 years when I started coaching. Certainly this affords great potential to enhance performance. The downside is when…See More
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The Truth

Ultimately in training the truth is what works. All the theory in the world may not translate into results. It is up to the coach and athlete to figure out what works for them and then to systematize it so it will produce consistent reproducible results in the competitive arena. It may not look like what everyone else is doing and that is OK, because the proof of the pudding is in the outcome. Think what would have happened if Dick Fosbury had yielded to conventional wisdom or if Roger…See More
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Start with a Dream

It all starts with a dream. The dream can be big or small. The dream ignites the passion. Passion is the fuel for success. After the dream and the passion comes the plan. The plan gives direction to turn the dream into reality. Remember Martin Luther King did not give an “I Have a Plan” speech on that July day in 1963, he gave an “I Have a Dream” speech and that speaks volumes. It all starts with a dream – so dare to DREAM BIG!See More
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An Exercise in Reflection

An essential part of effective coaching is reflection. Yesterday I was speaking to one of my mentors and professional colleagues Frank Dick and he suggested a simple three-step process that he uses for self reflection. He suggests using it monthly but I think it would be very effective weekly or sometimes even daily. Ask yourself three questions:What is the target?Are you on or off target?What evidence do you have to show you are on or off target?It demands having a target (goal) that is…See More
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Singing or Screaming Muscles?

This segment NPR Weekend Edition Saturday March 26, 2016 got me thinking. The segment was titled Glitch In Your Golf Swing? Listen To It Sing “Stanford professor Jonathan Berger turns golf stroke data into sound. A nice sound means it's a good swing, a sour sound means something's not right. In this revealing piece he tells Scott Simon how that helps people learn.” The same can be said for EMG data. If you isolate a muscle and put it a position of mechanical disadvantage it will scream at you –…See More
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This post is in honor of the birthday of one of my heroes (I don’t have many) – Sir Roger Bannister who is 87 years old today. He refused to believe in barriers. He broke the four-minute mile barrier while training one hour a day during his residency in medical school. He opened the floodgates within a short period of time three others broke four minutes proving the artificial nature of barriers. It…See More
Mar 24
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The basics are the essential foundation of performance at any level of sport.Know the basicsHave command and mastery of the basicsDon’t deviate from the basicsBuild on the basicsIf in doubt always go back to the basicsNever forget that simplicity yields complexity.Are you practicing and reviewing the basics today?See More
Mar 22
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Words matter! So use words that matter. Words can be helpful or hurtful. So select words with intention to gain the desired attention. Use action words that evoke the desired outcome. Be on point. Clearly coach the correction. If one word will work don’t use two. Be a twitter coach – get the message across in 144 characters. Make the words count!See More
Mar 21
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Were Talking

Coaches love to talk. They talk even when no one is listening. They talk just to hear themselves talk. Stop talking! Start listening! You will be surprised how much your coaching will improve. We need to remember that coaching is not something we do to the athlete; it is something we do with the athlete. How can we work with the athlete to help them be better if we don’t listen?See More
Mar 17
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The Why of GAIN

I just finished reading Simon Sinek’s book Start with Why for the second time. It got me thinking about the why of GAIN. For those of you who don’t know GAIN is an acronym for Gambetta Athletic Improvement Network. I plan on GAIN being the main focus of my work for the rest of my career. It is easy to look at what and who of GAIN and dismiss it as another workshop, clinic or a summit. Of course you…See More
Mar 14

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Drills & Skills – Finding a Balance

I posted this yesterday on twitter “Simple choice with complex implications: You can do drills or you can train skills. If you want to get better at your sport train skills. Don't forget drills do not equal skills.” This needs a bit of elaboration; it is not an either or proposition, there is a place for drills if they are used properly. To often I see practices and training sessions that are essentially a drill-a-rama,…


Posted on May 17, 2016 at 8:05am


Separating out deceleration as a separate training component is a fantasy. You have to accelerate to decelerate. It is essential a closed loop as illustrated by the performance paradigm. PerformanceParadigmIll Certainly deceleration is where most injuries and performance errors occur but to try…


Posted on May 16, 2016 at 11:53am

Influences - Father Alexander Manville, O.F.M.

Father Alexander was one of the biggest influences in my life. I received word last week that Father Alexander passed away. He was a Franciscan priest who was the principle of Bishop Garcia Diego High School when I attended, but more importantly to my intellectual, personal and spiritual development he was an English teacher. Father Alexander AKA Big A was a towering presence. He was a tall man; bald headed his height…


Posted on May 11, 2016 at 7:08am


An effective training program demands constant trade-offs. Every component of training cannot receive equal emphases. If one component is emphasized then another must be de-emphasized. Good training is often compared to a mosaic but in my mind that is much too static, it is more like a kaleidoscope, ever changing in a state of dynamic equilibrium. It is so much more than balancing volume, intensity and density as it is…


Posted on May 10, 2016 at 8:48am

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At 3:35pm on August 20, 2013, Jerry Seymour said…

"Great to connect. This is a great site for learning and networking with others in the field. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you or your athletes We also have educational seminars once a month that we are hosting for those who want to expand knowledge and learn the science behind what we do.

At 10:53pm on December 11, 2012, camilo gutierrez said…
Great read coach, fundamentals yes.
At 9:44pm on February 25, 2012, gotmovement4u said…

Vern hey whats up i live in sarasota would love to meet if u ever get some free time..

As u can see i am big believe in the movement compoment.

At 11:31am on January 25, 2012, Jason Novak said…

Hi Vern-  Yes sir I have worked with Zach Clayton.  He has  a very bright future here with us.  One of our weight room favorites.  I read your blog every day and have used your Gambetta Lunge Series for years with our players here.  When Zach first got here he said "this looks familiar...."

At 3:27pm on November 25, 2011, Joseph Potts said…

Coach, would you mind refreshing my memory as to your reasoning behind why you don't like the manual glute-ham raise exercise? I wanted to quote you the other day but couldn't remember the specifics you discussed in a discussion a while back.

At 7:12pm on February 5, 2011, Melissa Boldt said…

Coach Gambetta,

My name is Melissa Boldt and I am currently a Graduate Associate at Springfield College. I just wanted to share with you that I really enjoy reading your blogs on this network and have followed for quite some time now. I must say that you have by far the most intriguing and intellectual dialog and I see things through similar eyes.





At 12:15pm on June 16, 2010, Skyler Bo Farley said…
We would like to invite you the NSCA State of Florida Strength and Conditioning Clinic this weekend June 19th on the campus of the University of South Florida. We have a great line up of speakers, including Russ Orr Athletes Performance, and the University of South Florida Strength and Conditioning Staff. It is a great CEU (.8 NSCA) opportunity in your backyard. For more details and to register online go to or email Ron McKeefery, Director of Strength and Conditioning at Look forward to seeing you there.

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At 2:09pm on April 18, 2010, Justin Smith said…

Thanks for the add. Really enjoying your blog posts on this network and on elitetrack.

At 8:17pm on April 11, 2010, Ron McKeefery said…
We would like to invite you and your fellow coaches to the Inaugural USF Football Strength & Conditioning Clinic April 24th 2010. It is designed to present Football Coaches, Strength coaches, and personal trainers with a Collegiate Football Strength and Conditioning annual plan. Please go to for more details.


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