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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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

 

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The GAIN Story

GAIN started in 2007 but the genesis of GAIN goes back to the start of my coaching career in 1969. It is forged in my experience early in my career when I was able to gather in an Intense concentrated setting with bright inquisitive minds in one place to share and learn. It quickly became clear to me that anytime I could gather with professional colleagues to exchange ideas that my performance as a coach would improve. It started to come together for me in July 1972 at the first AAU Learning By…See More
Jan 9
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Random Thoughts on Training to Wrap Up 2016

Volume is not a biomotor quality. Anyone can do more; the path to success is doing it better.Train speed in – It is precious. Very easy to compromise by speed by doing too muchStrength as a motor quality is easy to develop and even easier to stabilize (Maintain)Consist work is more important than an occasional spectacular workoutTrain to your strengths and minimize the weaknessesSo-called “Reactive Agility” is best trained within the context of the actual technical and tactical sport practice.…See More
Dec 30, 2016
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Dec 22, 2016
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Go Analog and Start Coaching Now

Try this for one week. When you go out to coach leave your cell phone and iPad in the office. Put the Go Pro away. Turn off the GPS. Watch the athlete, see how they more, how they accumulate those numbers you ponder over. Don’t measure bar speed instead watch the lift. Oh and by the way don’t forget that all training is velocity based. Put the wellness questionnaire in the drawer and greet your athletes and ask them how they feel, look them in the eye, watch their body language – you will learn…See More
Dec 20, 2016
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Stuff

Everyone does stuff. What is your stuff? Where did you get that stuff? How do you if the stuff you do works? Is your stuff better than my stuff? Maybe we need to get beyond stuff and focus on the why, how and when. Vern Gambetta, Director of Good Stuff, Gambetta Sports Training SystemsSee More
Dec 15, 2016
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What exactly is professional development?

Here are some of my thoughts on professional development:First: I do not count time on the Internet reading training porn written by keyboard cowboys with no skin in the game, time on the Internet on sites like Ted, Seth Godin do count. They challenge you and make you think.Second: Read books and research articles in and out of your field. Read authors that challenges your thinking. I try to read 100 books a year. I spend close to one thousand dollars on subscriptions to periodicals and…See More
Dec 8, 2016
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Some Thoughts, Reflections & Advice on Coaching

Keep LearningThere is no one way or an answerBe HumbleKnow what you know and learn what you don’t knowDon’t reinvent the wheelKnow HistoryStay curious & keep asking questionsCoaching is a craft, be a skilled craftspersonMake mistakes and learn from themIt’s not about you; it is all about the athletes you work withLead from the front – preferably by exampleTake time to enjoy the ride – smell the rosesSee More
Nov 21, 2016
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Looking at the Landscape

In athletic development certainly we are not going where no one else has gone before, we are not sailing uncharted waters, the path is clear, and the destination is obvious. That begs the question then, why with all we know and the supposed progress we have made are results so inconsistent. Why are preventable injuries at levels never seen before in sport? Do we need to take a different approach? To answer these questions we must take a long look at what got us to this point. Look back at what…See More
Nov 11, 2016
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Sport Science in Perspective

Most scientific studies are isolated studies out of context of the spectrum of human movement demands. Science needs to measure an isolated component in order to conduct “valid” scientific experiments. I understand that those are the rules of the game for the scientist, but outside the lab in the real world of performance the rules are different. On the field or in the pool we cannot isolate variables. Does that mean we should reject science and rely solely on practice and experience,…See More
Nov 7, 2016
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Reductionist Thinking

We need to get away from reductionist thinking, stop breaking movement and exercise into its smallest parts and the focus on those parts in hopes of producing a moving flowing working whole, it won’t happen. It will only happen if there is a holistic approach, an approach that focuses on the big picture and the connections. In many respects this is where sport science has failed us. In the rush to publish and the desire to show statistical significance we have become so reductionist in our…See More
Oct 31, 2016
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Developing a Training System

My concepts of training are based on study of past training methods, sports science research, best practice, and practical experience working with all levels of athlete. When developing a training system you learn through deliberate practice, through trial and error, you learn in the trenches, not just in a book, a classroom or a laboratory. You learn from your mistakes and your successes. That is where you start, but that is just a beginning. Learn to lean heavily on common sense; it works…See More
Oct 24, 2016
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Learning From the Past

Much of what I stand for is not new, we already know it, it has worked in the past in a myriad of environments but has been rejected as old fashioned, not high tech, not scientific. We have abandoned proven methods in the name of progress. Certainly in every field of endeavor everything old is new again, but because of our society’s rejection of the past we have not studied the coaches who paved the way for us. It is trite to say that we stand on the shoulder of giants but without coaches like…See More
Oct 14, 2016
Vern Gambetta commented on Vern Gambetta's blog post It’s Not Rocket Science
"Thanks for the comment"
Oct 12, 2016
Coach Sam Keator commented on Vern Gambetta's blog post It’s Not Rocket Science
"Very good coach, very good.  Technology is a great tool. However the human creation has been "lifting" since the era of the caveman. Simple is better, ALMOST always. I used to do the S&C clinics years…"
Oct 12, 2016
Vern Gambetta posted a blog post

It’s Not Rocket Science

Athletic development is about optimizing training to enhance performance in the competitive arena. The basic concepts are quite simple. Simplicity yields complexity; you don’t have to try to make it complicated. That is why being a generalist is so important; it will allow you to make relationships that the specialist because of their narrower vision will not see. Sophisticated technology and computer algorithms are part of a much bigger picture. Over reliance on tools and technology will not…See More
Oct 12, 2016

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Vern Gambetta's Blog

The Answer


I am always very wary when someone has all the answers. I am more interested in being around and learning from those who have more questions than answers. I always come back to the words of Gertrude Stein “The answer is there is no answer."

Posted on January 18, 2017 at 8:24am

The GAIN Story

GAIN started in 2007 but the genesis of GAIN goes back to the start of my coaching career in 1969. It is forged in my experience early in my career when I was able to gather in an Intense concentrated setting with bright inquisitive minds in one place to share and learn. It quickly became clear to me that anytime I could gather with professional colleagues to exchange ideas that my performance as a coach would…

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Posted on January 9, 2017 at 5:34am

Random Thoughts on Training to Wrap Up 2016

Volume is not a biomotor quality. Anyone can do more; the path to success is doing it better.

Train speed in – It is precious. Very easy to compromise by speed by doing too much

Strength as a motor quality is easy to develop and even…

Continue

Posted on December 30, 2016 at 10:06am

My Books of the Year - 2016

Best Books 2016

In 2016 I have read 148 books these are my choices for books of the year. I have no particular criteria. Generally if the book makes me think and stimulates good ideas or teaches me something I did not know before they make the list. The books reflect my eclectic…

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Posted on December 22, 2016 at 9:54am

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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 Jerry.S@bommaritoperformance.com. 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.

 

Melissa

 

 

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 https://www.nsca-lift.org/nscapdf/download/FL%20June%202010.pdf or email Ron McKeefery, Director of Strength and Conditioning at rmckeefery@usf.edu. Look forward to seeing you there.


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

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

Justin
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 www.usfsportsperformance.com for more details.
 
 
 

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