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April 2011 Blog Posts (30)

The Method Behind The Madness

Dear Strength Coach!

In last week’s blog, I wrote about a way of applying progressive overload (also called a method variation) designed for the ISS block.

Check it out by clicking here.

So, why does the method variation look the way it does?

1st Consideration: The goal of the ISS block is to develop weak links, endurance of tonic stabilizer muscles, structural strength and the…


Added by Karsten Jensen on April 27, 2011 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Muskego Coach Receives Recognition

By Denise Konkol



Muskego High School’s strength and conditioning program fueled and formed by coach’s passion


When you meet Muskego High School’s Coach Mike Nitka, there’s no mistaking he’s a focused and dedicated man:…


Added by David Harris on April 25, 2011 at 12:04am — 2 Comments

NSCA Bulletin 33.03 (March 2011)

For those interested, the latest NSCA bulletin has been published:  Version 33.04, concerning the month of April 2011.  Among other topics, new in this bulletin you will find:


  • 2011 TSAC Conference Preview
  • Personal Trainers Conference Wrap-up
  • Review of Successful NSCA Clinics
  • Updates Regarding NSCA Awards Programs
  • And more….


To view and/or download the bulletin,…


Added by David Harris on April 24, 2011 at 11:55pm — No Comments

HELP! Summer Sports Performance Camp

I need your help!


I am running a sports performance camp at the high school I just got hired at, as the new strength coach.


This is anything but Ideal, this is why I need some ideas and suggestions.


I am starting to put together the program now.


Here are the dynamics:


It is a 6 week camp, held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday mornings with 3 one hour sessions each day.

I have not met or assessed any one…


Added by TJ Nielsen on April 24, 2011 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

Learning to Coach - Part Six Family

It seems that when there is a major holiday I think more about my family and what family has meant to me in my life and my career. This probably should have been part one in this narrative of learning to coach because without my family, first my parents and my brother, now my wife and children coaching would be meaningless. My parents, how they raised me and where I was raised definitely molded me. They shaped my values…


Added by Vern Gambetta on April 24, 2011 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Evolution of a Strength Coach Part 2

A few recent events have made me realize that all strength coaches will eventually evolve to the same place. Like many of us, I listen and read a great deal from the internet. One trend that I have seen is that some of the previously “hard core” guys are gradually embracing the corrective exercise/ functional training side of the coin. This made me realize two things:


1-    Why I think the way I do

2-     Why others make fun of me


The reason I think the…


Added by Michael on April 24, 2011 at 5:59am — No Comments

The Bread and Butter For The Strength Coach

Dear Strength Coach,


In last week’s blog, I wrote about the importance of having a systematic way of applying progressive overload.


One of the more advanced considerations on progressive overload is that HOW you apply progressive overload is specific to the outcome variable of the training program.


Two blogs ago, I showed a three step combination exercise to be used in the ISS block. Here is an example of a method variation, designed for the…


Added by Karsten Jensen on April 22, 2011 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Key Performance Indicators

Key Performance Indicators are those essential factors that determine success in you sport. It goes beyond sport demands and drills deeper into the actual physical performance parameters that must be trained to insure success in the competitive arena. Of course you must start with a through analysis of sport demands and subsequent analysis of position or event demands. Then what? You need to turn that analysis into…


Added by Vern Gambetta on April 22, 2011 at 9:44am — No Comments

Coaching Development Pathway

Frank Dick developed this coaching development pathway that he presented at the Scottish Athletics coaching conference this past weekend. It is a clear pathway, but more importantly it is a growth process. There is no set timeline, it occurs step by step. The coach must earn their way through the pathway. (Please note: the titles are from Frank Dick, the descriptors are my own)…


Added by Vern Gambetta on April 21, 2011 at 7:21am — No Comments

Coach Development

For thee days last Friday, Saturday and Sunday I was totally immersed in coaching development. What an expereince! Spending three days with Frank Dick, an icon in coaching brought coaching right back to the center of the athlete development process. Conversations with Frank and the presentations on the weekend at the Scottish Athletics coaching conference were a powerful and timely reaffirmation of the role of the coach.…


Added by Vern Gambetta on April 20, 2011 at 8:24am — No Comments

Do You Want To Run Better? By Mike Gittleson

Do You Want To Run Better?

If you want to run better train your neck musculature.                                                                                                                                                 cond3



The anterior, medial and posterior scalenes firmly fix to the frist and second ribs.  The scalenes aid in deep respiration, something we certainly do in heavy running.  The Scalene muscles are active…


Added by Dr.Ralph Cornwell Jr on April 15, 2011 at 11:36am — No Comments

How To Improve Back Endurance For The Deadlift

Dear Strength Coach,

Let’s say your client’s goal is to improve a 1 repetition maximum in the deadlift.

With The Flexible Periodization Method, the client would start the macrocycle with the ISS block.

In the ISS block one of the key goals is to develop endurance in key tonic stabilizers for the chosen movement pattern.

Watch this exercise to learn a 3-step combination exercise to train the deadlift in the ISS block.



Added by Karsten Jensen on April 14, 2011 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Scottish Athletics

Leaving this morning for Scotland. Just a short trip to present to a conference of athletics coaches for Scottish Athletics. Really psyched for this for two reasons 1) Presenting to and hanging around track coaches brings me back to my roots. It really ignites my passion. 2) I was invited by one of my mentors Frank Dick. Looking forward to some stimulating discussions with Frank, a real pioneer and leader in coaching. My… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on April 14, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Interview with Jim Kielbaso

Recently I had the opportunity to interview Jim Kielbaso.

Coach Kielbaso earned his Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science from Michigan State University, He then headed to Ann Arbor to get a Masters Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan. While in school, Jim worked as an intern in the Strength & Conditioning Program in…


Added by Dr.Ralph Cornwell Jr on April 13, 2011 at 11:58pm — No Comments

During the NFL lockout, workouts are an iffy proposition

During the NFL lockout, workouts are an iffy proposition. The Kansas City Star reports:


It’s just a trickle for now, but one by one NFL players are spending the lockout pursuing hobbies or taking other jobs.

Chad Ochocinco of Cincinnati, you may have heard, practiced with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer. Baltimore’s Tom Zbikowski is boxing for his…


Added by Brian Harris on April 12, 2011 at 9:18pm — No Comments

Priorities and Choices

Choice Designing and implementing an effective training program is always about setting priorities and making wise and prudent choices. It starts with what you are going to do. Then you need to know why you are doing it? Then how are you going to do it. And last but not least when you are going to do it… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on April 12, 2011 at 5:07pm — No Comments



These days there is no shortage of stupidity in the gym.  Stupidity, however, means different things to different people.  In my mind, stupidity is having your client perform cable curls while trying to balance on an upside down Bosu. 

Now having said this, let me set the stage for a most interesting lecture I received from a trainer I saw working with a client.  The gym where I run my business has been there about 25- years.  It is hardcore, old and worn, but has just about…


Added by Mark Cotton on April 12, 2011 at 8:20am — 5 Comments

Sacred Cows

Sacred cow Sacred cows are ideas and concepts passed from generation to generation of coaches that no one questions or challenges. They may have made sense at some time in the past, but are now more likely to get in the way, still they persist. Some sacred cows are so entrenched that they are actually…


Added by Vern Gambetta on April 11, 2011 at 6:03am — No Comments

Now What?

Training is not going as expected and progress has reached a plateau. So what do you do now? Well if you have a plan then the next step is easy and logical. Look at the plan, see where you are in relation to your goal and adjust accordingly. Without a plan it is a bit more complicated. You can take a wild guess at what you should do or roll the dice but it is a real gamble and the odds are in favor of the house. Basically… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on April 9, 2011 at 6:34am — No Comments

Standards - Setting The Bar

I am strong believer in having a standard to measure progress and performance. In my system and training methods I set a high standard and constantly evaluate that standard based on my expectations and results. My standard is not determined by what others are doing. I can’t control what they do and I do not want to be influenced by what they do. What I hear quite often today are two concepts that are used to set the bar and… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on April 8, 2011 at 9:21am — No Comments

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