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Meaningful Practice

I know the term deliberate practice is the current buzzword but I don’t think it is getting the job done. I have always felt that words create images and images create action, so I use the term meaningful. Meaningful clearly communicates what I want from practice, it leaves little room for nuance. Practice must have a clear plan and purpose that the athlete understands. It must relate to the competitive demands of the sport the athlete is preparing for. It must be relevant to physical and…See More
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The Basics

Know the BasicsMaster the BasicsDon’t Deviate From the BasicsThe basics my not be sexy or exciting, but they are necessary. When I say basics I mean starting with fundamental movements as a basis for technique, I mean multilateral lateral training that encompasses all components of training in a systematic manner, not biased one sided training that creates highly adpated athletes who are injury prone. All the great athletes and coaches I have ever been around never stray far from the basics.…See More
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Reinventing the Wheel

It just amazes me to see how every generation of young coaches have to reinvent the wheel. No need. Connect with people who have been there before and the journey is much easier and direct. These the exact words from coaching legend Tom Tellez to me in 1982 "Why don't you come and spend three days with me, no need for you to make same mistakes I have made." Those three days changed my coaching. The path became more direct and clear. Who will it be for you?See More
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One Trick Ponies

Are you preparing your athletes to be a one trick pony? What’s a one trick pony? A one trick pony is an athlete who is highly specialized in a narrow range of skill sets and conditioning. They are highly adapted to one way of doing things, very fixed in mindset and highly adapted. They are focused on what they cannot do. The alternative is a versatile athlete that is highly adaptable, has a range of…See More
Aug 20
John Weatherly commented on Vern Gambetta's blog post More Colleagues Responses to Beware The Keyboard Coaches
"This is great - "start over and rebuild from the bottom up.""
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John Weatherly commented on Vern Gambetta's blog post Preseason Training
"So true!"
Aug 13
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Preseason Training

Preseason training & training Camps are usually characterized by multiple practices in a day. In my experience this is the genesis of many more negatives than positives. The resulting residual fatigue carries deep into the season compromising performance and predisposing athlete to injury. Why do we do it? It is quite simple; it is a tradition, a vestige of times past when you used the preseason to “get in shape.” It usually starts with some arbitrary “fitness” test that often has nothing…See More
Aug 13
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Meaningful Measurement

Just because it is convenient or easy to measure some physical quality does mean that the measure is meaningful. If you do measure it (whatever it is) make sure it is meaningful and will yield actionable results or don’t waste the time measuring it. Gathering random numbers that look cool on graphs does not make the athlete better. Remember a simple axiom I have lived by for years: Training = Testing and Testing = Training. The ultimate test of athlete’s abilities and capacities occur in the…See More
Aug 11
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No Short Cuts

Don’t believe the marketing hype, there are no shortcuts to improved performance. Gains that are easily attained are cannot sustained. There are no quick fixes when something is amiss. Crash programs don’t work, they crash. The bottom line is that you must do the appropriate work for your development and ability level as it relates to your sport, nothing more, and nothing less. The basic work must be done consistently with intention and directed effort. Training is about adaptation and…See More
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Gaelic Athletics True Sport

On Sunday July 12 we got to see an amazing athletic event the Munster Hurling final between Cork and Limerick. What a sport – it completely captured me. Curling along with Gaelic Football is part of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). The GAA has pitches all over the country even in the smallest communities. The Grand Final is held at Croke Park in Dublin with 80,000 fans in attendance. This is…See More
Jul 22
Ted Rendinell commented on Vern Gambetta's blog post Hamstring Injuries – A problem with a clear solution
"RDL's, unilateral and bilateral.... Do you have a list Vern? A protocol you can share?"
Jul 11
Ted Rendinell commented on Vern Gambetta's blog post Hamstring Solutions
"Thanks Vern, More detail on minimizing supine bridging would be appreciated."
Jul 11

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Vern Gambetta's Blog

Meaningful Practice

I know the term deliberate practice is the current buzzword but I don’t think it is getting the job done. I have always felt that words create images and images create action, so I use the term meaningful. Meaningful clearly communicates what I want from practice, it leaves little room for nuance. Practice must have a clear plan and purpose that the athlete understands. It must relate to the competitive demands of the…

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Posted on September 11, 2014 at 8:13am

The Basics

Know the Basics

Master the Basics

Don’t Deviate From the Basics…

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Posted on September 9, 2014 at 7:51am

What is Periodization

Periodization (Planned Performance Training) is the timing, sequence and interaction of the training stimuli to allow optimum adaptive response in pursuit of specific competitive goals. It is: Why you do, what you do, in relation to when you do it. Another way to look to look at it, you are bringing the future into the present so you can do something about it. In one word it is planning – Don’t over complicate it - Apply…

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Posted on September 7, 2014 at 7:19am

Old Questions - New Answers

Questions are a major stimulus to drive change. Significant change will not come by spending an inordinate amount of time trying to find new answers to old questions. Real profound change will come from abandoning the old questions. Stop trying to answer them. Leave then alone. Reframe them and ask new questions from a whole different perspective.

Posted on September 6, 2014 at 7:25am

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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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Meaningful Practice

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