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Vern Gambetta
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Athletic Development Coach, teacher and high performance consultant
MA Stanford University
BA Fresno State College

Vern Gambetta's Blog

All Periodization is Undulating

Why does periodization or as I prefer to call it Planned Performance Training (PPT) have to be either linear or undulating? Frankly in my application of the principles of planned performance training for 49 years I have observed that adaptation is always undulating. The body does nothing in a linear manner, so therefore all periodization is undulating. I think this distinction is just another exercise in intellectual gymnastics. You may write a linear program,…


Posted on March 19, 2018 at 8:19am

More on Drills

It is important to be clear on one thing regarding drills. If you use a drill or drills know why you are using the drill. In my experience drills are most effective in closed skill activities where they can be used to correct a part of the movement or reinforce a concept. But always go back to the whole movement, remember Whole – Part – Whole. In any situation drills are most effective when the athlete has a clear image and feeling for the end result – the…


Posted on February 26, 2018 at 9:55am

The Seduction of Drills

Ask yourself we do we spend so much time teaching and perfecting drills? Wouldn’t the time be better spent coaching skills? No doubt drills are seductive, some even look like the skill, we can repeat them until they are flawless and then what? 95% of drills have no transfer to skill so what is the attraction. Focus on what will make the athlete better at their sport, not better at drills. There is so much good evidence and practice today in nonlinear pedagogy…


Posted on February 24, 2018 at 7:37am

Meaningful Practice

I know the term deliberate practice is the current buzzword but I don’t think it is getting the job done. 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…


Posted on February 23, 2018 at 10:10am

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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 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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