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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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The Road to Rome

There are many roads to Rome but ultimately the goal is to get the destination. You can take different roads depending on your circumstances and constraints. If time is no consideration then take the scenic route, stop and see the sites and by all means sample the cuisine along the way. If time is limited then a direct route is necessary and the route must be carefully planned, there is little…See More
18 hours ago
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Back to Basics of Coaching

Each year I reread the following books to keep in touch with the basics. My roots are deep in Athletics (Track & Field) so you can see that reflected in these reading. I find that every time I go through these books that I find something new or at least different perspective. This is just one way that I work at getting better at getting better. In my opinion if you want to be a coach you need to have a “go to” list like this that will keep in touch with the foundations of coaching.Doherty,…See More
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Are we creating fragile athletes?

We are spending so much time measuring various training loads, planning recovery and putting restrictions on the athletes based on those measurements that we are creating fragile athletes instead of more resilient robust athletes? What are we doing? In the search for protecting the athlete are we creating athletes who are unprepared for training load of any significance, much less a competition load because they have never been under duress in training? Everywhere I turn I see this. Just…See More
Jul 11
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Words

Words are so very powerful. They can hurt and they can heal. They can inspire. They can despair. They can discourage or they can encourage. Words, written or spoken are a cornerstone of communication. Select and use words that convey the message you want to convey. Your words are you and a representation of what you are. Lest we forget words create images and images create action. Learn to use words that elicit the action you want to see.See More
Jul 5
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Coaching Parenting Parallels

I try to talk to my adult children as often as possible. My daughter works in San Francisco and my son is in graduate school at Princeton. Both are in their thirties and by every measure quite successful, but I cant help but think every time I get off the phone there is always some advice a little reminder of lessons from their childhood that was reinforced. They learned principles, concepts of what was needed to grow up, to go to school and to be independent. We gave them space to grow, to…See More
Jun 30
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2016 GAIN Reflections

In the past years I have written my reflections a day or two after GAIN ends. For various reason I have waited for almost two weeks. GAIN IX was the by far the best ever. I looked back on my reflections from past GAIN”s and I always say that the most recent was the best ever. No I am not given to hyperbole. This GAIN was the best; it was a giant leap forward in all respects. The content was great as…See More
Jun 27
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Records - Made to be Broken

Congratulation to freshman 800-meter runner Donavan Brazier of Teas A&M for breaking Jim Ryun’s 50 year old record. Yes a record that was 50 years old and on a dirt/cinder track. Absolutely amazing that the record has stood for 50 years when you think of the great runners that have competed in the NCAA meet. It is truly a tribute to the greatness of Jim Ryun. For some reason I don’t feel that…See More
Jun 12
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Countdown to GAIN 2016

Six days to GAIN 2016 at Rice University in Houston Texas. We have our largest turnout ever although the goal is not to be big we have achieved our goal numbers. Too big and the personal interaction and sharing that makes GAIN special is lost. We have delegates from all over the world and the US. Our three areas of emphasis: Athletic Development Coaching, Sports Medicine and Physical Education are well represented. Reminder this is not a conference or a clinic it a professional development…See More
Jun 8
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Can Do

Please don’t tell me what you can’t do; I am not interested in that. I want to know what you can do and what you will do. Define your possibilities not your limits. Figure out how to be the best you can be and start doing it now!See More
Jun 6
Tony Moreno commented on Vern Gambetta's blog post Youth Sport Today – How We Got There
"Amen....with the demise of Physical Education comes "sport specialization". Club sport is filling a "void" that used to be taught in schools by coaches and teachers. Until PE is put back into the school setting, the free market…"
Jun 5
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Wise Words From Two Great Coaches

Over the past three weeks I have been fortunate to speed time with two great coaches, professional colleagues and most importantly close friends and great people – Juan Osorio now the manger of the Mexican National team in soccer and Jim Radcliffe, head S&C coach at University of Oregon. We share a passion for coaching excellence that has connected us over the years. I only wish I could have…See More
Jun 1
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Change & Changing

Change is a constant, trite but true! Ultimately you success or failure as a coach will depend on how well you manage change. Change by its very nature is uncomfortable. I maintain that those who are best at managing and leading change are comfortable with being uncomfortable all the time. If you can accept that then change is something that you do rather than something that happens to you. Successful coaches initiate change; they lead change as part of the process of continuous improvement. It…See More
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Vern Gambetta's Blog

The Road to Rome

Rome0 There are many roads to Rome but ultimately the goal is to get the destination. You can take different roads depending on your circumstances and constraints. If time is no consideration then take the scenic route, stop and see the sites and by all means sample the cuisine…

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Posted on July 20, 2016 at 8:16am

Back to Basics of Coaching

Each year I reread the following books to keep in touch with the basics. My roots are deep in Athletics (Track & Field) so you can see that reflected in these reading. I find that every time I go through these books that I find something new or at least different perspective. This is just one way that I work at getting better at getting better. In my opinion if you want to be a coach you need to have a “go to” list…

Continue

Posted on July 18, 2016 at 11:37am

Good/Better/Best – Your Choice

Over the years I am convinced that athletes make clear choices about their level of achievement, it has nothing to do talent or ability (Some of the most talented athletes I have been around have chosen not be the best). It clearly comes to attitude and desire to be the best. Here are the three levels of achievement from my experience:…

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Posted on July 13, 2016 at 8:26am

Two Mornings in February

Let me preface this by saying I am a coaching junkie, my passion is watching coaches coach and learning from them. It is a bonus when the athletes they are coaching are the best of the best. In February of this year at University of Oregon I was able to watch two great sessions.

Thursday morning Track session at Hayward Field in Indoor…

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Posted on July 12, 2016 at 8:10am

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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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