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July 2012 Blog Posts (32)

Olympic Diets: Jennifer Gibson, U.S. Olympic Committee Nutritionist, On Athletes' Food Secrets

Checkout this article from TheHuffingtonPost.com

I work with an interesting population: the combative and acrobatic sports. That means wrestling, fencing Tae Kwon Do -- things with weight classes that require managing weight really closely.

On the acrobatic side, it's diving, gymnastics, synchronized swimming, all of which require a lean physique…

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Added by Strength Performance on July 30, 2012 at 12:45pm — No Comments

How To Create BETTER training programs FASTER - PART IV

Dear Strength Coach,

In Part I of this series - How To Create BETTER training programs FASTER -, I explained that there are two layers in the process of creating highly individualized, periodized training programs.

The first layer is WHAT to do and the second layer is HOW to do it.

The trick to creating BETTER training programs FASTER is to know both WHAT to do and also HOW to do it.

Here is Part 4

Tip #4: To Create Better Training Programs Faster -…

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Added by Karsten Jensen on July 26, 2012 at 9:29am — No Comments

Coaching Philosophy

In preparation for my presentation at the Global Coaching House in London next week http://www.globalcoacheshouse.net/ I have been giving a lot of thought to coaching philosophy and its implications for policy and practice. A coaching philosophy is the coaches guiding light. It is the cornerstone upon which everything else is built. Without a sound well thought out…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 25, 2012 at 6:31am — No Comments

Just Enough

We are three days away from the culmination of four years of preparation for the Olympic games. I was reflecting on the final phases of preparation – what needs to be done to put the finishing touches on the training? It can be summed up in a quite succinctly – just enough! Do just enough work to allow the years of preparation to be applied. In the final phase of training what isn’t done may be more important that what…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 24, 2012 at 6:55am — No Comments

Variation

Some of the best things you could do as a coach is add variation to your programs. Our program has become better by adding things most programs dont use. Making lifts multi-planar by incorporating not just a sagital plane overhead press we use our hips to help with the press and also use a press out to our side to help with the frontal plane. Another way we have helped our programming is by adding some rotation in movements like the RDLS and opening the hip up. More coaches should use…

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Added by Jay on July 23, 2012 at 5:47pm — No Comments

Training

Best exercises all athletes should do:

http://articles.elitefts.com/training-articles/training-rotational-movement-patterns/

Added by Jay on July 20, 2012 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Minimize unpredictable performance

Dear Strength Coach,

Two nights ago, a danish professional cyclist was interviewed after the stage of the day in the Tour De France. He came second after a fantastic performance. He was asked if he was going to repeat this incredible performance the next day. "If I have good legs, he answered". The element of unpredictability in his response struck me. He is a professional and has prepared for months for the biggest cycling event in the world and he can't predict how his legs is going…

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Added by Karsten Jensen on July 20, 2012 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Coaching Classics

I think just like in literature and history there are classic books in coaching that you must read to be considered literate in your field. The books listed below played a huge role in forming my ideas and philosophy. I find myself going back to many of them for reference even though some are fifty plus years old; they have stood the test of time. The list is somewhat biased toward track & field because that is my…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 20, 2012 at 5:43am — No Comments

Coaching Classics

I think just like in literature and history there are classic books in coaching that you must read to be considered literate in your field. The books listed below played a huge role in forming my ideas and philosophy. I find myself going back to many of them for reference even though some are fifty plus years old; they have stood the test of time. The list is somewhat biased toward track & field because that is my…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 20, 2012 at 5:43am — No Comments

Are you ready?

Between the dawn of civilization and 2003 there was a total of five Exabyte’s of data collected (One Exabyte = One quintillion bytes). In 2012 five Exabyte’s of data was collected every two days!  It is projected that in the very near future data will be collected at the rate of five Exabyte’s every few minutes!! (Source Don Tapscott – Designing Your Mind in This Will…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 19, 2012 at 7:05am — No Comments

Timing Not Time

The whole process of adaptation to training takes time. Adaptation does not occur overnight. That being said it actually may be the timing of the application of the training stimulus that is more important than time to adaptation. It is timing - when the training stimulus is applied - both in terms of when in a career and when in a training year. Essentially it is when you do what you do that will ultimately determine…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 18, 2012 at 7:18am — No Comments

Addressing Groin Issues with Soccer Players: The Whole Approach



Addressing Groin Issues with Soccer Players (Continued): The Whole Approach



Two posts ago (see: here), I wrote about groin issues related to hip range of motion deficits in soccer players.  Limited hip range of motion can be a big issue regarding injuries to different area of the body as well as…

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Added by Matt Siniscalchi on July 17, 2012 at 10:07pm — 5 Comments

London 2012 – Global Coaching House

I am privileged to be in London to be part of the Global Coaching House http://www.globalcoacheshouse.net/ If you are going to be in London during the games stop by, it would be great to visit and share coaching ideas and experiences. I will be doing two presentations and moderating a panel as part of the program. It is a wonderful opportunity to…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 17, 2012 at 6:52am — No Comments

One Leg At A Time

The cornerstone of function is the gait cycle. Movement occurs off one leg onto the other. Movement in sport and in life in general for that matter  require the body to reduce and produce force in multiple planes in a myriad of permutations of the gait cycle. The commonalities are that movement is off one foot onto the other in one-foot landings and takeoffs based on the interplay of triple flexion and triple…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 16, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

3 P's of Training

Any good productive training program meets what I call the 3P criteria. Is what you are planning to do practical, personal and proactive?

Practical – Can you do it in the context of the time, facilities, equipment and personnel available? Does it fit within the context of the whole training…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 15, 2012 at 6:56am — No Comments

Phase 5 Power Training for the football field

5th and Final installment of my off season football training program. Only one correction is that the set and reps are messed up. It should be as follows

Strength 3 to 4 sets @ 1 to 5 reps

Power 2 to 3 sets @ 6 to 10 reps 

Kind of confusing i am sure so please feel free to ask questions. I feel this type of training is great and applicable for anyone training to change their body type. I have some other tips if you want to turn this type of training into a…

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Added by Robert Pomazak PES, SES on July 14, 2012 at 7:36pm — No Comments

Possibilities

When I hear people talk about problems and what can’t be done it turns me off. I prefer to focus on what can be done – possibilities. I am not naïve, I know there are problems and obstacles to change but over the years I have seen it where the focus was on the problems and the obstacles and where the focus was the possibility, the solution. The later approach works, the former approach makes the problem worse. If someone…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 14, 2012 at 7:15am — No Comments

Athlete & Coaching Development Pathway

The past two days I was in meetings reviewing the USA Track & Coaching Education program. A discussion with my friend and mentor Dr. Joe Vigil  got me thinking about the process of athlete and coach development. We often focus on the process of developing the athlete that we forget the role the coach plays in the process. Athletes and coach development are parallel pathways. Coaches grow and develop the same as…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 13, 2012 at 7:10am — No Comments

16 Muscle Building FAQ

1. How many reps should I be doing? How many reps you do for each set is dependant on your muscle building goals. If you want to simply grow huge muscle mass, aim for 8-12 reps per set, with the last rep at fail. If you are more concerned with getting strong as hell, a lower number of reps at higher weight is best. Doing between 4-6 reps is ideal, and…

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Added by Alex Work on July 12, 2012 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Happy 4th Birthday to Strength Performance Network

Strength Performance Network (SPN) turned 4 years old today.  Since it's creation on July 11, 2008, SPN has gained over 8,000 members from the strength and conditioning profession.

Thanks to everyone that continue to support the site.  We couldn't do it without you!

Added by Strength Performance on July 11, 2012 at 12:47pm — No Comments

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