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June 2012 Blog Posts (16)


Think about and focus on possibilities – what you can do, not what you can’t do. Use obstacles as opportunities. Take changes, risk, get out of your comfort zone, fail forward. Without risk there is no reward. If you do what you have always done, you will get what you always got. Refuse to take no for an answer – test the limits, if you stumble get up and try again. What did not work last year may well be this year’s…


Added by Vern Gambetta on June 25, 2012 at 8:43am — No Comments


You must change to stay the same. Change is a constant. You can control change by carefully manipulating the variables and being the change you want to be. Embrace change; lead it because coaches are agents of change. Make change purposeful and directed toward a logical goal.

Added by Vern Gambetta on June 24, 2012 at 3:51am — No Comments

Olympic Year Syndrome – Five Ring Fever

Olympic-Rings It is always interesting to watch coaches and athletes in an Olympic year. To see what they do and what they don’t do. I first became aware of this in 1968 and have seen it in each subsequent Olympic year. Training in the Olympic year should be the culmination of…


Added by Vern Gambetta on June 23, 2012 at 8:01am — No Comments

GAIN V Summary – Part Two

Each year we pick a theme for GAIN, this year’s theme was Coaching that Matters. Regardless of everyone’s job we all coaching the people we work with to get better, in order to do that we must focus on what matters most. My biggest take message from GAIN V was to focus on what you can do, not what you can't do and go out and get after it and get it done. No obstacle is too big and adversity is…


Added by Vern Gambetta on June 22, 2012 at 7:26am — No Comments

GAIN V Summary - Part One

DSC02712 I am not sure where to start. For me it was one of the best educational experiences of my career, bar none. I am not saying that because I organized it, but because for first time I was able to sit back, enjoy it and absorb it. Words cannot do justice to the experience at…


Added by Vern Gambetta on June 21, 2012 at 10:27am — No Comments

Pendlay Barbell Equipment


What are your thoughts on this Olympic lifting equipment?

Added by Rob Livingstone on June 18, 2012 at 2:54pm — 2 Comments


Resisted Sprint Training (RST) is the addition of some form of external resistance during performance of a sprint workout. RST can take on many forms. Running into the wind, uphill running, and towing (sleds or parachutes) are the most common methods. While each of these methods brings something a little different to the table and each athlete/coach probably has developed a favorite, there are certain commonalities that must be considered whenever programming this type of…


Added by Paul Jackson on June 17, 2012 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

A Few Random Thoughts

In my travels and I get the opportunity to observe a lot of different things. Here are some random thoughts based on things that I have seen over the past few months.

Rethink the use and role of strength coaches – Ultimately the responsibility lies with the sport coach for the athlete’s performance. The strength coach does not have that…


Added by Vern Gambetta on June 11, 2012 at 9:13am — 3 Comments


One of the key aspects of a good training or rehab programs is the ability to make connections. Recognizing that the body is a kinetic chain we need to always be aware of how we are making connections between all the links in the chain. Are we in fact connecting or are we disconnecting? Remember that the core is the relay center; it is the center of the action, but not the originator of the action. We need to understand…


Added by Vern Gambetta on June 8, 2012 at 8:20pm — No Comments


Yesterday when I was going through some files in preparation for GAIN and I found this article from the New York Times science section in 2008. The article was “Weather History” by Anthony DePalma. There is a field of science called Phenology, the study of the timing of…


Added by Vern Gambetta on June 8, 2012 at 6:45am — 2 Comments

Some Thoughts on Achieving a Fast Mile

I had the honor and privilege to consult with Patrick McHugh, ( Track & Field Coach and Athletic Director at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois to help him prepare his athlete Peter Callahan to run a fast mile his senior year. He did run fast – 4:05 off of an average of off 25 miles a week. By the way the school…


Added by Vern Gambetta on June 7, 2012 at 7:52am — No Comments

7 Extraordinary, Simple, Hard Exercises on The Floor – Part 5

Dear Strength Coach and Personal Trainer,…


Added by Karsten Jensen on June 6, 2012 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Change & Transformation

Change and transformation are major themes in my coaching and hopefully yours. I want to emphasize that that big changes will occur if we start small. As Gandhi said:  ‘We must become the change we want to see.” So to change in our lives, our teams, in our schools, the community and the world we must first change ourselves. Sometimes this is the most difficult change we will have to make. We must get out of our comfort…


Added by Vern Gambetta on June 6, 2012 at 7:51am — No Comments

Big Picture Thinking

As you surely know by now I think the big picture is very important, so important that you should never lose sight of it. First to be able to think of the big picture you need a plan. The more detailed the plan the better.  What is the big picture? It is an overview of the whole process and the objectives to be able to get to the big picture. What does it do? It lends perspective and context to what we are doing. It…


Added by Vern Gambetta on June 5, 2012 at 6:39am — No Comments

Training Session Management

In coaching there are three management functions

1) Training Session Management

2) Competition Management…


Added by Vern Gambetta on June 4, 2012 at 6:40am — No Comments

The Parable of The Buses

This was inspired by the book “Good to Great” by Jim Collins.

2030_24_7---American-Icon-The-Yellow-School-Bus_web There were two buses, both going to the same destination. One bus was a rickety old yellow school…


Added by Vern Gambetta on June 1, 2012 at 4:56am — No Comments

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