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January 2018 Blog Posts (16)

Good Enough?

What are you doing to get better? Are you the best you can be at what you do? How do you know how good you are – How do you measure your performance?  What exactly do you do? Are you doing what you do because everyone is doing it or are your forging your own path? Are you a coach or a supervisor? Are you a good coach when you have talent and average coach when you don’t or are you the same coach regardless of talent level of your athletes? Do you know what you…


Added by Vern Gambetta on January 31, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

Learning to Move

If you want to learn how to move spend some time watching kids play. I mean free non-directed play with no adult supervision or guidance. There are no limits, few inhibitions and no constraints. There is an unbelievable flow to what they do. We can learn from this. The more we encourage our athletes to be kids again the better movers they will be. Instead we start “coaching” them at young ages through explicit learning drills and skill “progressions” that turn…


Added by Vern Gambetta on January 30, 2018 at 8:16am — No Comments

Anybody Find the Compass?

“Nevertheless, the field of Strength & conditioning still remains susceptible to fads, misconceptions and zealous philosophies that have little to do with sound scientific based knowledge and careful exercise prescription for enhanced sport performance for the athlete.” (Kraemer, William J. and Hakkinen, Keijo. Editors. (2002) Strength Training for Sport. London, England: Blackwell…


Added by Vern Gambetta on January 29, 2018 at 10:49am — No Comments

Coaching is Teaching

How do you teach? How you teach determines your effectiveness as a coach. It was drilled into me when I was in college and student coaching that coaching was teaching. Fortunately, early in my career I was mentored by and coached with some great teacher /coaches. As I reflect on that I realize how fortunate I was to have those influences. When I look at young coaches today I don’t see the same emphasis on teaching. I see technical knowledge, which is wonderful,…


Added by Vern Gambetta on January 26, 2018 at 9:04am — No Comments

Tug of War

I'm not a big fan of tug of war type activities.  Yeah, this is a popular team building and "toughness" type of event in strength and conditioning for athletes, but one not without potential for injury (I know it looks cool).  There are a lot of other modalities that can easily take the place of tug of war.  I'd like to ask what are the gains from this activity?  What are the risks?  Compared to other things coaches can do to engage in spirited team-building do…


Added by John Mikula on January 25, 2018 at 6:32pm — No Comments

The Three L's - Laps, Lines & Lectures

 “Let’s go - take two laps and then we will get started with training.” “If you miss this shot then you will have to run.” Think about it, you see this all the time at all levels of sport, talk about a practice killer! Practice time is precious; it is a daily opportunity to improve skill, tactics and sport specific fitness, and wasting time slogging laps to “warm-up” or extra sprints for punishment does not optimize the opportunity to improve. It does nothing…


Added by Vern Gambetta on January 24, 2018 at 7:51am — No Comments

No Secrets

Always good for a laugh when I see a new article or a post on the unveiling of the latest secret training method. I will let you in on a little secret there are no secrets! There are no shortcuts to the podium. You can keep looking if you want but you are wasting your time. Know the basics, master the basics repeat them until they are flawless. Individualize the training and adapt the technique so it fits the athlete; don’t try to fit the athlete to the event.…


Added by Vern Gambetta on January 19, 2018 at 8:22am — No Comments

Can Your Vegan Athletes Match Their Meat-eating Competitors?

In the past couple of years, veganism has become very popular. It is not considered as a specific plant-based diet anymore but as a way of life, and becoming vegan means changing your life upside down and creating a new, healthy lifestyle. But is choosing veganism a good option for athletes and does it really give them enough strength to match their meat-eating competitors?

Over the last few years, more and…


Added by Victoria Lim on January 16, 2018 at 8:57am — 3 Comments

The Runner's Body

One book that I keep re-reading and referring to others is The Runner's Body by Tucker, Dugas, and Fitzgerald.   The title is a little deceptive although running is the premise for the book, the information contained is somewhat global.  To me, this is a must read for any coach interested in a systems-based approach to…


Added by John Mikula on January 11, 2018 at 6:58pm — 1 Comment

Sports Fit?

What does it mean to be physically fit for your sport?  If you think you know, what are your references based off of?  Personal experience, got it from a book, learned from someone else, comes from a computer program?  Have you matched up the sources above with actual outcomes?

Shouldn't we, as coaches, be asking ourselves the simple question of "sports-fitness" over and over again and compare that to what we…


Added by John Mikula on January 11, 2018 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Differences in program design? Topic #80: Anatomical Adaptations vs. Hypertrophy for Sports #PowerofPeriodization <a href=""></a>

Differences in program design? Topic #80: Anatomical Adaptations vs. Hypertrophy for Sports #PowerofPeriodization

Added by Chris Morland on January 8, 2018 at 8:31pm — No Comments

My Coaching Journey Continues

January 2018 marks the beginning on my 49th year of coaching. It has been an adventure every step of the way – a journey of continual learning and discovery that started with Santa Barbara High School Track in 1969.

Coaching is craft that takes time to learn; you can never stop learning if you want to be good at your craft. You cannot learn to coach in a book, on the Internet or sitting in a lecture hall.…


Added by Vern Gambetta on January 8, 2018 at 7:20am — No Comments

Achievement Triangle

Added by Vern Gambetta on January 5, 2018 at 8:37am — No Comments

Two Great Sprinters

Two great sprinters died within weeks of each other in the fall of 2017. You would have be close to my age and a real track nut to know who they were. These two sprinters had a huge influence on my interest in speed and how to get people to run faster. Their best years came within a four-year span from 1961 to 1965. Both were small in stature, if you saw them in street clothes you would never guess they were world class athletes. Their small stature disguised…


Added by Vern Gambetta on January 4, 2018 at 6:34am — No Comments

Facility Closing - Equipment for Sale

We are closing one of our facilities come February and are looking to sell some of the extra equipment.  If interested, please contact Andrea Collier at

Item Quantity Est. Sale Price Total
Woodway ELG 1  $        4,000.00  $    4,000.00
Woodway Force 1  $       …

Added by Michael Reese on January 3, 2018 at 9:53am — No Comments

GAIN 2018 - Applications Open

This is the eleventh year of GAIN; it started 2007 with twelve attendees and four instructors and has grown to eighty attendees from all over the world and eighteen faculty. GAIN is a community of professional’s eager to learn and willing to share ideas and information. GAIN is not about more exercises, sets, reps and training methods it is about passionate people who pursue excellence with honesty, integrity and respect to make a difference in the lives of the…


Added by Vern Gambetta on January 2, 2018 at 7:20am — No Comments

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