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July 2016 Blog Posts (18)

Do Your Job

"Do your job" the mantra of Belichick & New England Patriots. That is good as far as it goes. To do you job to your fullest capabilities it is first necessary to know your job. What are the expectations & demands? That is where you start. Just doing your job is not enough - do it better everyday, exceed expectations to perform consistently at the highest level!

Added by Vern Gambetta on July 31, 2016 at 9:44am — No Comments

Fair Labor Standards Act and its effect on strength coaches

Fellow strength coaches, 

Undoubtedly everyone has heard about the FLSA and it's potential impact on athletic departments nationwide.  For those that aren't brought up to speed here's a quick synopsis.  The federal government has passed legislation that all employees must earn a minimum salary of roughly $47,000 (was previously $22,000), or they must be paid overtime.  The debate has been over what will higher education institutions do since many of the employees may fall under this…

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Added by RJ Goubeaux on July 28, 2016 at 12:26pm — 1 Comment

Some statements to question?

I believe a good deal of what we hear, read, and see regarding training for sports competition and tactical training has little credible basis and probably in the long-run is ineffective in producing tangible results outside of the training room.  Now, I don't mean to sound like a know it all or be overly-critical, but I seriously find myself asking what is the point to much of what I witness.

Yes, there is a growth path for…

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Added by John Mikula on July 26, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Knee Problems

The area surrounding the knee is one of the most often injured among athletes and tactical warriors. A plethora of injury prevention paradigms exist on the topic, but from what I see most strength coaches rarely use research-based protocols in this area. Rather, focus here is way too heavy on exercises like barbell squats and deadlifts.

After conducting thousands of physical fitness tests for the military and examining orthopedic and movement function, I think the problem really lies… Continue

Added by John Mikula on July 26, 2016 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Guru or Coach - Who do want to learn from?

To grow it is imperative to find mentors not gurus to learn from and grow professionally, this should help to make the distinction.

Guru – All about them

Coach – All about the athlete…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 22, 2016 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Energy Systems

We should look at current guidelines in popular literature for energy systems and physical training with a critical eye.  It's an area that I've spent many hours researching and re-researching to come to the conclusion that current popular ideas on the subject in the field of strength and conditioning are probably mis-guided.

An interesting article on the topic can be found here:…

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Added by John Mikula on July 22, 2016 at 5:00am — No Comments

Making Athletes more powerful using full acceleration exercises.

Making Athletes more powerful using full acceleration exercises.

 

 

Have you ever hit a plateau in the gym and try as you may you never seem able to break through, or increase a certain lift or weight ?  That’s when using full acceleration exercises can help…

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Added by Mike McGurn on July 21, 2016 at 9:52am — No Comments

Making athletes more powerful using full acceleration exercises.

Making athletes more powerful using full acceleration exercises.

 

 

Have you ever hit a plateau in the gym and try as you may you never seem able to break through, or increase a certain lift or weight ?  That’s when using full acceleration exercises can help you reach new personal bests and break through previous barriers.

 

 

Traditional gym exercises that are used to build strength (squats, deadlifts,bench press, push…

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Added by Mike McGurn on July 20, 2016 at 3:50pm — No Comments

The Road to Rome

Rome0 There are many roads to Rome but ultimately the goal is to get the destination. You can take different roads depending on your circumstances and constraints. If time is no consideration then take the scenic route, stop and see the sites and by all means sample the cuisine…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 20, 2016 at 8:16am — No Comments

The Place for Lateral Training in Track and Field

It is no secret that track and field is a sport that is dominated by linear movement. Besides shot put, discus, and hammer, every other event is done by running/accelerating in a linear or curvilinear fashion. To most people, it would only make sense to train these athletes in a way that matches what they do on the track. However, there are actually many perks to training track athletes LATERALLY as well. To be more specific, there are many perks for training in planes OPPOSITE the sagittal…

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Added by Caleb Krueger on July 19, 2016 at 11:39am — No Comments

Back to Basics of Coaching

Each year I reread the following books to keep in touch with the basics. My roots are deep in Athletics (Track & Field) so you can see that reflected in these reading. I find that every time I go through these books that I find something new or at least different perspective. This is just one way that I work at getting better at getting better. In my opinion if you want to be a coach you need to have a “go to” list…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 18, 2016 at 11:37am — No Comments

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At AthleteMonitoring.com we know that budget is often tight when it comes to sports science and athletic departments. We also know that professional coaches need time-effective software that is evidence-based, simple to use, entirely customizable and, most importantly validated at the highest level and well adopted by players and staff.

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Added by AthleteMonitoring.com on July 18, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Moving Forward

According to Ms. Rosalinde Torres, most business leaders aren't well prepared to thrive in the 21st century.  Certainly, many of us working in the field of coaching and developing human performance can be considered leaders, even if just locally, and may very well fall into the category of being ill-prepared to lead the groups we train into the future.  

I think Ms. Torres' concerns may have some merit as there seems to be…

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Added by John Mikula on July 17, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Strength and Conditioning or Physical Performance Coaches ???????

Strength and Conditioning or Physical Performance Coaches ???????

 

The role of the Strength and Conditioning coach has changed dramatically over the last number of years and it got me thinking.  I often wonder does the title S&C coach do justice to the duties we carry out?  I had a recent conversation with 2016 NSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach of the year Ashley Jones about this matter, and we both agreed that the title Physical Performance Coach…

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Added by Mike McGurn on July 15, 2016 at 8:59am — No Comments

Good/Better/Best – Your Choice

Over the years I am convinced that athletes make clear choices about their level of achievement, it has nothing to do talent or ability (Some of the most talented athletes I have been around have chosen not be the best). It clearly comes to attitude and desire to be the best. Here are the three levels of achievement from my experience:…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 13, 2016 at 8:26am — No Comments

Two Mornings in February

Let me preface this by saying I am a coaching junkie, my passion is watching coaches coach and learning from them. It is a bonus when the athletes they are coaching are the best of the best. In February of this year at University of Oregon I was able to watch two great sessions.

Thursday morning Track session at Hayward Field in Indoor…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 12, 2016 at 8:10am — No Comments

Are we creating fragile athletes?

We are spending so much time measuring various training loads, planning recovery and putting restrictions on the athletes based on those measurements that we are creating fragile athletes instead of more resilient robust athletes? What are we doing? In the search for protecting the athlete are we creating athletes who are unprepared for training load of any significance, much less a competition load because they have…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 11, 2016 at 7:18am — No Comments

Words

Words are so very powerful. They can hurt and they can heal. They can inspire. They can despair. They can discourage or they can encourage. Words, written or spoken are a cornerstone of communication. Select and use words that convey the message you want to convey. Your words are you and a representation of what you are. Lest we forget words create images and images create action. Learn to use words that elicit the…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 5, 2016 at 7:31am — No Comments

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