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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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Vern Gambetta posted a blog post

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!"
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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
Donal O' Connor commented on Vern Gambetta's blog post Hamstring Solutions
"Hey Coach, Huge Fan, Cant wait to meet you on Saturday. Ha Questions go leor. (Irish)"
Jul 10
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The Art of Tapering & Peaking

A few thoughts on taper and peaking, the swim teams I work with are in this process now with championship meets all coming in the next month so this has been on my mind.The effectiveness of the taper and the subsequent peaking is dependent on the content and quality of the work leading up to the taper. In short if you have not done the work you can taper forever and nothing will happen. You can’t taper from a taper.Taper actually begins with the first training session of the training year.…See More
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Vern Gambetta's Blog

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…

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Posted on August 28, 2014 at 2:26pm

Evidence Based

So your training is evidence based. Who has gathered the evidence? What actually is the evidence? I get it, it is published and peer reviewed – so what? So much research I see is still on untrained college students with a very small number of subjects for six weeks to nine weeks in duration. It always makes me wonder. I am very partial to practice based evidence. Find someone who has been there before, preferably many…

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Posted on August 23, 2014 at 10:45am

Some Tips To The Top

Smart work, very focused and directed to meet individual needs is necessary.

Embrace risk and failure – Take calculated chances and learn form the mistakes.

Do ordinary things in an extra ordinarily manner everyday. Basics executed…

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Posted on August 22, 2014 at 7:38am

One Trick Ponies

One-trick-pony 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…

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Posted on August 20, 2014 at 10:06am

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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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