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March 2011 Blog Posts (48)

Learning to Caoch - Part Two

Fresno State Fall 1967- 68

On Saturday night I was starting at guard for our first game of the season versus Santa Clara. On Monday I quite football, I was tired of getting yelled at and beat up physically, I saw no future there. By Thursday I was working in the afternoons after class (1:00 to 5:00) in the Ag unit. Ag as in…


Added by Vern Gambetta on March 19, 2011 at 8:22am — No Comments

Thoughts on Military Strength and Conditioning

I'm an Army officer and aspiring strength coach.  Below are links to a couple of articles I've recently written about strength and conditioning in the military.  I'm interested to hear any feedback you might have.



Added by Ryan Whittemore on March 18, 2011 at 7:22pm — 3 Comments

Learning to Coach – Part One

In the next few posts I am going to share with you the people, events and even places that taught me about coaching and inspired me to coach. My first major influence came fairly early, his name was Charles Kuehl, my high school basketball coach and history teacher. As I look back through the prism of time I realize how much he taught me about discipline, drive, determination, organization and most importantly coaching…


Added by Vern Gambetta on March 18, 2011 at 7:59am — No Comments

How About Having Strong Fingers

How About Having Strong Fingers


How About Having Strong Fingers                                        

describe the image Mike Gittleson was the Director of Strength & Conditioning at the University of Michigan for 30 years and was a part of 15 Football Championships in that time.  He explains how… Continue

Added by Dr.Ralph Cornwell Jr on March 17, 2011 at 3:37pm — No Comments

More on Progression

It is not where your start that counts, it is where you finish. That cliché’ underscores the need for progression. There is a mistaken notion that everyone needs to start at step one in a progression. That is a mistake I have made and see people to continue to make. You need to determine where the individual athlete starts based on their ability and their physical competency. Some will have to start at step one and others… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on March 17, 2011 at 7:26am — No Comments

2011 JagPower Strength & Conditioning Coaches' Clinic

The University of South Alabama Strength and Conditioning Staff would like to cordially invite you to the Third Annual JagPower Strength & Conditioning Coaches' Clinic.  The clinic will be held at the University of South Alabama football fieldhouse on Saturday, May 21, 2011.  Registration and check-in will begin at 7:30am until 8:00am.  James Smith will lead off the day with a two and a half hour session, followed by Florida State strength coach Erik Korem,  Iowa State head strength coach… Continue

Added by Jerry Partsch on March 16, 2011 at 3:25pm — No Comments

The Big "P"

The  big “P” is PROGRESSION. Everyone gives it lip service, but do we really understand and apply this key principle of training? My experience is that perhaps the most often violated & most misunderstood training principle is PROGRESSION. What are your progressions? You simply don't progress to next stage until mastery of present stage is achieved. You must methodically proceed step by step. It takes both time &… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on March 16, 2011 at 9:25am — No Comments

Strengthen The Head And Jaw

Strengthen The Head And Jaw


The infrahyoids are made up of four muscles; three of which attach to the hyoid bone, the omohyoid, the sternohyoid, and the thyrohyoid.  They lie right over the trachea.  The infrahyoids can be and are often damaged in whiplash.

Infrahyoids: flex the neck.

Suprahyoids: open the jaw.

The hyoids are involved in chewing and movements of the tongue.

The hyoids are heavily involved in posture and a…


Added by Dr.Ralph Cornwell Jr on March 15, 2011 at 10:46pm — No Comments

Resistance Training

Hey i'm looking for some information on resistance training to increase muscular endurance. Can I get some help?


Added by Nathan Linsey on March 15, 2011 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Get Out From Under the Bar

Raise the bar; don’t be limited by a bar. Don’t lock yourself in; don’t think weight training, rather think conceptually as resistance training or strength training. Olympic lifting, power Lifting and bodybuilding are all methods of strength training as well competitive sports. This is not a diatribe against lifting; rather it is a plea to be sensible in your approach to strength training. To be a complete athlete you must… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on March 15, 2011 at 5:55am — 1 Comment

Coaching Advice from Tina Fey

Yes that Tina Fey, the Tina Fey of Saturday Night Live fame, I will look anywhere for coaching advice and some times you find where least expect it. I was reading an article she wrote in the March 14 issue of New Yorker called “Lessons From Late Night.” Here are her thoughts in italics and my coaching interpretations following:…


Added by Vern Gambetta on March 14, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Matters of Coaching and Coaching Matters

Coaching as a profession has many dimensions. There are the tangibles, those things relating directly to coaching a training session, organizing a team and there are the intangibles, the “squishy” feeling type of things. The former I call the Matters of Coaching, the later is the Coaching Matters. Both are important, without Coaching Matters…


Added by Vern Gambetta on March 13, 2011 at 10:16am — No Comments

Detroit Lions Inaugural Strength and Conditioning Clinic

I was blessed to be 1 of 123 people invited to the Detriot Lions Annual Strength and Conditioning Clinic on March 3rd, 2011. The Head Strength Coach Jason Arapoff served as the MC for the clinic. The presenters for the clinic were Dr. Ted Lambrinedes (Univ of Kentucky Asst Strength & Conditioning Coach), Jim Kielbaso (Director, Total Performance Training Center) & Ted Rath (Detroit Lions Asst Strength & Conditioning Coach)

1st Presentation: Dr. Ted Lambrinides-Optimizing Sports… Continue

Added by Adrian Bazemore on March 11, 2011 at 11:04pm — No Comments

Rumblings and Ramblings

The following are just some random thoughts stimulated by conversations, things I have done and reading over the past several weeks.

Sometimes I look at training programs and I have to ask – What exactly are they trying to do? I saw a training program the other day that had so much “stuff” in it I could not…


Added by Vern Gambetta on March 11, 2011 at 5:12am — No Comments

Your Qs: “Barefoot” Shoes, Lean Muscle and More

Great article from SPN member Jen Sinkler:




Fitness editor Jen Sinkler wrangles leading fitness experts to address your most perplexing workout quandaries and conundrums.

Q1: Long, lean…


Added by David Harris on March 10, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Think Critically

Don’t just blindly follow the current flavor of the month. Here comes the latest and greatest __________, you fill in the blanks. It could be a piece of equipment, a new monitoring device, a nutritional supplement or secret combination of sets and reps discovered in a Russian KGB vault. Take a step back and be rational, don’t buy into the marketing hype, apply rigorous critical thought to the supposed new information or… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on March 10, 2011 at 5:39am — No Comments

Accountability, Measurement and Metrics

How do you know that what you are doing in training is doing what you think it is doing? Is what you doing making the athletes better? How do you know that? What metrics do you use? Does what you are counting count? What do you measure, day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month and year-to-year? What do you do with the data?  These are all questions you need to ask yourself. More importatly these are questions you need to…


Added by Vern Gambetta on March 9, 2011 at 6:54am — 2 Comments

Pedagogy – The Foundation of Coaching

Pedagogy consists of the principles, practice or profession of teaching. There is a rich body of knowledge in this field that is research based. As part of my preparation to be a teacher I was taught teaching methods - how to write a lesson plan, how to organize a classroom, where to stand, how to project my voice and much more. Then we practiced, first teaching lessons to other student teachers and then actually student…


Added by Vern Gambetta on March 8, 2011 at 7:33am — No Comments

Coaching Advice from the Stanford University

Logo It might seem out of the norm to look a design school for ideas and guidance to improve coaching, but over the past five years I have found great ideas and inspiration in the design field. I am particularly fond of the philosophy of the Stanford (…


Added by Vern Gambetta on March 7, 2011 at 7:29am — No Comments

Athletic Development

I prefer the term athletic development rather than strength and conditioning because it clearly denotes an integrated system to develop the athlete. It sends a clear message that what is being developed is the complete athlete, not one component. All components of physical performance: strength, power, speed, agility, endurance and flexibility must be developed in a systematic, sequential and progressive manner to prepare… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on March 7, 2011 at 5:16am — No Comments

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