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Adam Jaimez commented on Vern Gambetta's blog post Thoughts to Make a Difference
"I believe it was Emerson that said "if you are going to be here, be all here!" "
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Thoughts to Make a Difference

It’s not good enough to just show up you must be there in mind, body and spirit.Just talking about commitment is not enough; be committed through your actions.Communicate by listening more and talking less.Take responsibility and use it to grow and expand your abilities.No excuses.Failure and adversity represent an opportunity to grow and learn.Define yourself constantly don’t let others define you.Defy labeling.Be the best you, you can be.See More
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Coaching is a process with a foundation in pedagogy, supported by science, forged in experience, proven & tested in the competitive arena. Lest we forget coaching is not about training, technique, tactics and strategy, it is about people. We are not coaching numbers in an algorithm; we are coaching human beings who are individuals with emotions and feeling. The coaches who make a difference are coaches who focus on the process not the outcomes. Coaching is not something you do; it is…See More
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The "Complete" Adaptable Athlete

To thrive in the performance arena demands a versatile highly adaptable athlete whose training reflects the demands of the sport and the needs of the individual athlete. We must recognize that for the body to execute movement, whether it is a sustained endurance activity, explosive bursts or fine motor skill that all parts and systems need to work together in harmony. Movement is a symphony not a solo. You can’t do a “cardio” workout, just like you can’t do a “neural” workout. All systems of…See More
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What is Functional Training?

Functional training is a label for a concept. As with any label it is subject to various interpretations. I originally conceived it as multi lateral training integrating various training modalities (medicine ball, stretch cord, weight training, dumbbells, body weight etc.) to produce significant adaptation in specific performance parameters. It trains all systems of the body while recognizing and respecting the wisdom of the body. The end result is a highly adaptable athlete who is able to…See More
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John Mikula commented on Vern Gambetta's blog post Lessons from GAIN 2015 – Randy Ballard on Trainability Assessment
"Vern, thanks for sharing.  I am intrigued about the phrase “Once overspecialized, always overspecialized.” Can you tell a little bit more about the intent?  I am guessing that the intent is that once an athlete has adapted to…"
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Ten Years on the Functional Path

Ten years ago this month I started this blog. The last ten years have been a journey, a journey of growth, discovery, self-reflection and sharing. I got the idea to write this blog when I was driving across country returning home to Sarasota after a terrible experience with the Nike Oregon Project where my dream job quickly turned into a bad dream. I needed to put the back-to-back negative experiences of the Oregon…


Posted on August 19, 2015 at 6:51am

Making Training Stick – Simple Rules

Start with the basics and never stray far from the basics.

Don’t try to replicate the stress of the sport in training, instead prepare for the stress of the sport.

Have a plan, execute it and constantly evaluate the plan.…


Posted on August 18, 2015 at 7:56am

Thoughts to Make a Difference

It’s not good enough to just show up you must be there in mind, body and spirit.

Just talking about commitment is not enough; be committed through your actions.

Communicate by listening more and talking less.…


Posted on August 17, 2015 at 6:49am — 1 Comment

Conventional Wisdom

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” Albert Einstein

Conventional wisdom is not something that is bad. It leans heavily on the rational mind. It is what everyone else is doing. It is the accepted path, it is the…


Posted on August 10, 2015 at 6:40am

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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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