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May 2011 Blog Posts (28)

Drills ≠ Skills

Just doing drills ad nauseum doesn’t necessarily transfer to skill improvement. In fact it can retard skill development and disturb technique. Just being able to do part of a skill broken out into a drill does not transfer to the actual skill or activity. Regardless of the sport or training venue I see drills predominate but you must remember similar is not the same! Certainly some of the drills look really cool, but are…


Added by Vern Gambetta on May 31, 2011 at 7:47am — 2 Comments

Memorial Day – A Time to Remember

This weekend may signify the start of summer and be a three-day weekend but we cannot lose sight of the fact that it is MEMORIAL DAY. It is a day to honor and remember those who gave their lives for our country. I must admit until a September Sunday morning 21 years ago Memorial  Vietnam_Veteran_Memorial_gross Day did not mean… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on May 30, 2011 at 9:12am — No Comments

My Diet Interview With Former NFL RB Alvin Pearman

 Friends and co-workers pick at me often because I’m constantly making tweaks and subtle changes to my diet.  This is in large part due to the fact I am always learning something new that can further optimize both my workouts and my overall physical health. 

                One of my oldest friends, Alvin Pearman has a similar mentality.  Alvin and I went to the same high school and spent countless summers as…


Added by Ward Gibson on May 29, 2011 at 9:44pm — No Comments

Changing the World

I am an idealist but not that big an idealist to think that you or I as one individual could possibly change the world. That being said you have no option you must work to change the world everyday. You have to and you can. How? It is really quite simple reframe how you think of “the world.” The world is your own world, the place, the thoughts and the people in your immediate sphere of influence. It might be the classroom… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on May 29, 2011 at 6:48am — No Comments

Link & Sync to Build and Rebuild the Complete Athlete

Do not think parts, think the unified whole conceptualize how the body works together as a link system. All training should be designed to enhance that linkage. Look for connections and relationships; do not get hung upon minutiae. All systems of the body work together all the time. There are no switches that turn energy systems off or on and there are no switches that turn muscles off and on. You cannot isolate and just… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on May 28, 2011 at 7:44am — No Comments

A Foundation in Fundamentals

Effective athletic development is based upon the principle of the development of fundamental movement skill before specific sport skill. In generations past this was something that everyone took for granted because the demands of everyday living took care of fundamental movement. People at all ages were very active. Children grew up moving, free play was a major part of daily activity. It was natural to crawl, jump, hop,…


Added by Vern Gambetta on May 27, 2011 at 7:37am — No Comments

Functional, Integrated Rehabilitation of the Sprained Ankle: A Practitioners Manual

Imported Photos 00181 Joe Przytula is a good friend, professional colleague and a member of the GAIN Apprentorship faculty. I first met Joe when he attended one of my seminars around 15 years ago. From day one he impressed me with his hunger for knowledge and desire to improve…


Added by Vern Gambetta on May 26, 2011 at 6:15am — No Comments

University of Nevada GA Position

The University of Nevada Strength and Conditioning Department is accepting applications for Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach position.  This position will assist in the day-to-day operations of the Wolf Pack Strength and Conditioning Department in all facets of training and upkeep of the facility.  The successful candidate will also be assigned sport teams yet to be determined.  A Bachelor’s degree in exercise science or related field is required.  Applicants must be accepted… Continue

Added by Jeff Bourque on May 25, 2011 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Some Basic (Mostly Obvious) Questions

I received this email the other day. I believe this sums many of the issues we face in athletic development today:

"I recently attended a sports specific conference not a personal trainer type of one. Left disappointed. Conference presenters and attendees were primarily college and professional coaches…


Added by Vern Gambetta on May 25, 2011 at 7:22am — 7 Comments

Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine kicks off at Florida State

Florida State University experts in medicine, exercise science, nutrition, sports psychology and athletic training have partnered with one of the nation's premier sports medicine and orthopedic treatment centers to establish the Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine (ISSM), a public-private collaboration that spells good news for millions of athletes of all…


Added by David Harris on May 22, 2011 at 3:55pm — 2 Comments

Catching Up

One of the greatest rewards of coaching is being able to visit with former athletes and see their growth as people. Friday I had a wonderful two-hour visit with two former White Sox players – Kinnis IMG_0204 Pledger and Ed Smith. I had not seen them for at least 17 years. I first met them in June 1987…


Added by Vern Gambetta on May 22, 2011 at 8:10am — 1 Comment

It will be real progress when …

There has been much attention in the media regarding the Phoenix Suns executive who came out this past week. I believe that real progress will occur when he no longer has to “come out.” When he accepted for whom and what he is – a human being. It is the same with race and religion, another headline about so and so as the fifth XYZ category to be hired as a head coach is not progress in my eyes. Real progress will be when… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on May 21, 2011 at 10:26am — 1 Comment

Great Workouts?

It was great workout! Yes it was now what? The workout is not an end unto itself. You can do a great workout and end up really hurting, really feel the burn, but does make it a great workout? Did you win the workout? Will you be able to come back tomorrow and train? Doing the workout and leaving totally knackered is not the same as winning the workout. The workout is piece in a giant jigsaw puzzle. It must be carefully…


Added by Vern Gambetta on May 20, 2011 at 6:44am — No Comments

The goal of plyometrics is not always to develop power

Dear Strength Coach,


How do you sequence plyometric exercises over the course of a macrocycle (16-20 weeks of training)?

It’s well accepted that a client/athlete adapts to an exercise in 4-6 weeks (or less). So, if we are training a client  for 16-20 weeks, we need a well designed sequence of exercises leading towards the stated goal (for example, improving a vertical jump).

I know this may sound heretic, but in the first steps of this sequence the purpose of…


Added by Karsten Jensen on May 19, 2011 at 12:39pm — 2 Comments


It is so easy to make something complex and so hard to make something simple. True genius lies in the ability to take the complex and make it simple and understandable. Over the last ten to fifteen years I have seen an alarming trend toward complexification. It is almost as though to use small words and clear concepts is not cool. If you don’t speak in some complicated coach babble then it as if what you… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on May 19, 2011 at 7:36am — No Comments

Some Coaching Thoughts & Ideas

Here are some thoughts and ideas on training I have been thinking about. Hopefully this will stimulate you on to step back and look differently at your coaching. If nothing else it should make you think.

Consistency in training is rewarded many times over. Big wins come from a succession of small wins. Take…


Added by Vern Gambetta on May 18, 2011 at 6:04am — No Comments


My name is John Snyder and I created this blog in order to help educate anyone who is interested in beginning a fitness program or for those who need a few ideas to improve their current workouts.

First, I'll give you a little background information about myself...

I first discovered my passion for fitness during high school when I was preparing for my first season of midget major ice hockey. I spent the next 2 years focusing on my strength and conditioning in order to improve… Continue

Added by John Snyder on May 17, 2011 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Dynavision Reaction Trainer featured on ESPN Sport Science NASCAR Segment

Dynavision Sports’ D2 technology was featured this weekend on ESPN Sport Science. The device was used to test NASCAR driver Carl Edwards’ reaction time in varying conditions. 


The D2 contains a sphere of buttons that light up in random succession and is designed to measure, track and improve reaction time, peripheral awareness, hand-eye coordination and other visual-motor skills. During the Sport Science segment, Edwards had to call out random flashing numbers and track…


Added by Dynavision Sports on May 17, 2011 at 10:46am — No Comments

Timing not Time

Sometimes it is easy to lose sight of the objective of planning. Regardless of the terminology used effective planning is simply organizing training in a cyclic manner to take advantage of the bodies adaptive response to an imposed training stimulus. It in not just the length of training cycles - the time - it is the timing of the application of training that is crucial to achieving the desired training effect. Timing is… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on May 17, 2011 at 7:52am — No Comments

More on Prevention as the Cause

Brady wrote me the following commenting on my original post: Vern, can you explain more in detail why almost every S&C coach uses the glute/ham raise or nordic hamstring curl with their athletes?  You are the first coach I have come across to go against the grain with this.  I know this is the most popular exercise I see with most athletes and every coach believes it is extremely…


Added by Vern Gambetta on May 16, 2011 at 7:52am — 2 Comments

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