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GAIN 2016 - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What is GAIN?This is a community of professionals eager to learn and willing to share ideas and information. GAIN is not about more exercises, sets, reps and training methods it is about passionate people who pursue excellence with honesty, integrity and respect to make a difference in the lives of the people we coach and teach.Who attends?GAIN is open to Strength & Conditioning/Athletic Development coaches, Sport Coaches, Physical Therapists, ATC’s, Chiropractors, Doctors and Physical…See More
Jan 29
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Play

PLAY first! - That is where it all starts. Sport is not supposed to be work it is play. Start with free play that is natural and instinctive; it does not require coaching or supervision. In free play the children, not the adults, determine the structure so they follow their instincts and explore all dimensions of movement with the only limitations their imaginations. The youngster will learn the joy of athletic movement through discovery. Through play they learn how to compete, how to win and…See More
Jan 24
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Some Food For Thought

Specialize in being a generalist.Seek knowledge, not information.Balance theory and practice (Art and Science).Don’t ever forget it is not about you, it is about the athlete.Create and foster independence in the athlete.Be a leader.Development takes time - the process is cumulative.Have a plan, execute the plan, and evaluate the results.Coach the complete athlete - the 24-hour athlete.Find mentors, not gurus!If you are interested in learning more about these ideas join us in June at GAIN. Go to…See More
Jan 18
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Rules to Travel the Functional Path

Have a Plan, Execute It & Continually Evaluate & Adjust ItBuild the Complete Athlete - All systems work together – Integrate don’t isolateTrain all components all the time - Use It or Lose ItFundamental Movement Skills Before Specific Sport SkillsTrain Sport Appropriate - You Are What You Train To BeBuild the Athlete from the Ground UpTrain Postural Strength as the Basis for All TrainingTo Be Fast You Must Train FastBuild a Work Capacity Foundation Appropriate For Your SportTrain Toe…See More
Jan 6
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The Journey Continues

Today I had the first training session of my 46th year of coaching, a dryland training session at 4:55 AM with the Sarasota YMCA Sharks. It has been an adventure – a journey of continual learning and discovery that started with Santa Barbara High Track in 1969.Coaching is craft that takes time to learn; you can never stop learning if you want to be good at your craft. You cannot learn to coach in a book, on the Internet or sitting in a lecture hall. You must coach to learn to coach. You must…See More
Jan 4
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The Importance of Being Stupid

A colleague of mine shared this article by Martin A. Schwartz entitled “The Importance of stupidity in scientific research” http://jcs.biologists.org/content/121/11/1771 Naturally it got me thinking how important being stupid is in coaching. Preparing an athlete for high-level performance can at times certainly leave you feeling stupid. That is OK! Nobody has it all figured out and if they say they do then they are trying to sell you…See More
Dec 31, 2015
John Mikula commented on Vern Gambetta's blog post My 2015 Books of the Year
"Vern, thanks for sharing this list.  It really helps challenge me each year to continue to read when you post your readings.  I think I have another you may like, Leading with Honor, by Lee Ellis. http://www.leeellis.us/leading-honor"
Dec 24, 2015
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My 2015 Books of the Year

As regular readers of this blog you know I am a voracious reader. This year so far (The year is not done yet) I have read 123 books. If I am not on plane traveling or coaching I am usually reading. This is a habit instilled in me by my mother with weekly trips to the library when I was just starting to read. My interests are quite eclectic as you can see by my list. They appear in rank order but after the first three they are pretty much equal.This year my top book is a book on training. It  is…See More
Dec 22, 2015
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GAIN IX June 14 - 18, 2016 - Join Us

GAIN 2016 will take place June 14 to 18 at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The program is open to sport coaches, conditioning coaches, physical education teachers, athletic trainers, physical therapists, chiropractors and doctors.Apply now and join a select group of professionals at GAIN. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nb7rx2j to apply, submit your application…See More
Dec 17, 2015
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Coaching – A Creative Process

The process of creative coaching it is the ability to see the same skill, the same movement and see something different than everyone else is seeing or has seen. Coaching is constant iteration, prototyping, tinkering to get it right for that athlete and team. Coaching is not a reductionist paint by numbers algorithm. Each athlete is a case study of one. The creative process recognizes that the body is smart and that when given challenging movement problems to solve it will soon “figure it out”…See More
Dec 14, 2015
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Key Abilities - Stayability

StayabilityYou might call this perseverance. Sticking with it through thick and thin. Staying the course. Having the confidence to set a goal and relentlessly pursue that goal no matter what the obstacles. Stayability is falling down and getting up again and moving forward. Learning from experiences both good and bad. Stay the course and correct when necessary but keep moving forward.See More
Dec 10, 2015
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Key Abilities

For an athlete to be successful there are certain key abilities that go beyond physical abilities. These abilities are in some ways intangible, however they are quite observable over time and they go a long way to determining the athletes chances at being successful. Remember though there are no guarantees. These abilities must be turned into action.Today's ability is Trainability – the simple ability to do the work, complete training sessions with perfect effort. It is knowing how to train and…See More
Dec 7, 2015
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Definitions to Facilitate Communication & Discussion

In order to facilitate communication it is important to have a common language. These are terms that I think are very important to redirect thinking away from strength & conditioning toward athletic development and to encourage discussion:Athleticism – The ability to perform athletic movements (Run, jump, throw, twist, turn, roll, fall, bend, extend, etc.) at optimum speed with precision, style and grace within the context of the sport.Athletic Development – The systematic, sequential and…See More
Nov 22, 2015

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Vern Gambetta's Blog

GAIN 2016 - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What is GAIN?

This is a community of professionals eager to learn and willing to share ideas and information. GAIN is not about more exercises, sets, reps and training methods it is about passionate people who pursue excellence with honesty, integrity and respect to make a difference in the lives of the people we coach…

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Posted on January 29, 2016 at 8:55am

Play

PLAY first! - That is where it all starts. Sport is not supposed to be work it is play. Start with free play that is natural and instinctive; it does not require coaching or supervision. In free play the children, not the adults, determine the structure so they follow their instincts and explore all dimensions of movement with the only limitations their imaginations. The youngster will learn the joy of athletic movement…

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Posted on January 24, 2016 at 12:44pm

Some Food For Thought

Specialize in being a generalist.

Seek knowledge, not information.

Balance theory and practice…

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Posted on January 17, 2016 at 10:50am

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HawkingWWE Today is Stephen Hawking’s birthday. At age 21 he was given three years to live! Never give up!

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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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