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Making Connections

One of the key aspects of a good training or rehab programs is making connections. Recognize that the body is a kinetic chain and we always need to be aware of how we are making connections between all the links in the chain. Ask yourself if in fact you are connecting or are you disconnecting? Remember that the core is the relay center; it is the center of the action, but not the originator of the action so it plays a big role in connecting upper and lower extremities. We need to understand the…See More
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Becoming An Athlete

This is a blog that I originally wrote in 2008, no need to reinvent the wheel, it is just as relevant today as when I wrote six years ago.Yesterday during training I had a some time to step back and observe the athletes, not just my athletes but the football players and wrestlers who were in the weight room at the same time. On my drive home from workout, about twenty minutes, I reflected on what I saw with more focus on my Volleyball players. (Daily that is my time to reflect on the just…See More
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Developing Athletes Introduction

Thus is the introduction to the book I am working on titled “Developing Athletes.” I thought I would share this with you now as I finally begin writing again after a long interruption. I plan on sharing excerpts as I write. I hope that if you were interested you would send me ideas, input and perspectives that you have on this subject. Other ideas and perspectives will help me make it a better book.IntroductionEver since I started on this journey first as an athlete in the sixties and then as a…See More
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The Real Rewards of Coaching

As a young coach I knew there was more out there but I was not 100% sure what it was. It was the human element, the emotional intelligence piece, appreciating people and what they offer beyond their athletic skills. I must admit I took that for granted. I was into training, the X’s and O’s of coaching. I was focused on designing better workouts and refining technique. There were championships, big wins and some disappointing loses. As I progressed in my coaching career and climbed the ladder so…See More
Sep 21
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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
Sep 11
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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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The Bowerman Influence

U10P1T1D86876F9DT20080807160100 Bill Bowerman had a huge influence on my decision to be a track coach. In the winter of 1968; my senior year in college at Fresno Sate Bowerman came to speak as the featured speaker at the first ever Fresno Sate Track & Field Clinic, he was brought to Fresno by Red…


Posted on October 28, 2014 at 1:18pm

Simplicity Yields Complexity

I am a simplifier. If I can’t explain it in five minutes or less and explain to someone who knows nothing about training an athlete then I should reconsider what I am trying to do. The following is a summary of the process of preparing a completely adaptable athlete to be ready to compete to win at the appointed time:…


Posted on October 27, 2014 at 7:24am

Training Session Management

In coaching there are three management functions

1) Training Session Management

2) Competition Management…


Posted on October 24, 2014 at 7:30am

It’s Still Just A Number

In many ways the rush Random numbers to gather numbers in the guise of monitoring and measuring training and…


Posted on October 23, 2014 at 7:52am

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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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The Bowerman Influence

Posted by Vern Gambetta on October 28, 2014 at 1:18pm

Simplicity Yields Complexity

Posted by Vern Gambetta on October 27, 2014 at 7:24am

Training Session Management

Posted by Vern Gambetta on October 24, 2014 at 7:30am

It’s Still Just A Number

Posted by Vern Gambetta on October 23, 2014 at 7:52am

Head and Neck Training for Wrestling

Posted by Dr.Ralph Cornwell Jr on October 22, 2014 at 7:54pm

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