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September 2014 Blog Posts (23)

Progress Stoppers

Nothing will stop progress or stifle innovation & change more than these statements:

Been there done that

Let me play devils advocate…


Added by Vern Gambetta on September 30, 2014 at 8:36am — No Comments

Using sport movement analysis as your screening tool

Professionals often get confused when they hear that I use my analysis of on-field/in-sport movement as my screening regarding who that athlete is and what I feel the best plan of attack heading forward is for him to realize higher levels of sport movement mastery.

Sport movement as it occurs in its organic environment can be awfully complex & sometimes confusing for those unfamiliar with its breakdown. Because of this, I put together a How-To report regarding exactly what it is… Continue

Added by Shawn Myszka on September 29, 2014 at 7:53pm — No Comments

4R’s – Rest, Renewal, Reading & Research

I have pretty much gone non-stop without any significant breaks especially from travel for the last two years, some of this by design and some just due to circumstance. I have been home now for two weeks and two weekends in a row. It has been time for me to get some down time to rest, to renew my energy, to sharpen my focus on my goals, to do future planning, to get caught up on research and finally to read (Read eleven…


Added by Vern Gambetta on September 29, 2014 at 8:06am — No Comments

The Coaching Process

Coaching is a process. There are no formulas or algorithms. It is quite straightforward, the process of coaching has a strong foundation in pedagogy, supported by science, forged in practice-based experience, proven & tested in the competitive arena

Added by Vern Gambetta on September 27, 2014 at 8:50am — No Comments

In season FOOTBALL Training

Football season is upon us and the question everyone asks is “Can athletes continue to build muscle and strength during the playing season?”  Do NFL, NCAA and CIS players’ workout during the season? 


YES!  Damn right they do…why waste all of your hard working gains and be de trained by the time high school season starts?!! Would you rather be the strongest and dominate or some pathetic weakling who gets pounded every play!


If what you want is a workout…


Added by Larry Jusdanis on September 24, 2014 at 3:18pm — No Comments

What do you expect?

What we are seeing today in big time professional and collegiate sports is no surprise to me. It is the result of a broken sports system and a society that has comprised basic standards of behavior. As coaches and sports administrators we are responsible for what we are seeing. Sport does not exist isolated or separate from society. As coaches we often proudly point out that sport is a microcosm of life, if that is the…


Added by Vern Gambetta on September 23, 2014 at 1:07pm — 1 Comment

Million Dollar Question

Are you making your athletes better or are you just making them tired and predisposing them to injury? Don’t forget you play and compete the way you train therefore every training session needs to be close to your event/sport (Neural, Metabolic, Mechanical & Technical) in some form. Training is cumulative; give the training time to work.

Added by Vern Gambetta on September 22, 2014 at 10:46am — No Comments

My Training CREED

Every coach has a philosophy of training whether they have it written down or not.  I definitely have one of my own and I think it's important to have it written down, because it guides every training related decision that I make and because the process of writing things down takes them from abstract ideas to concrete objectives.  This will be the first post in a 5 part series on what I call my training C.R.E.E.D.  (cute acronym, I know)

I've listed my C.R.E.E.D.…


Added by Noel Piepgrass on September 19, 2014 at 12:32pm — No Comments

The Real Rewards of Coaching

As a young coach I knew there was more out there but I was not 100% sure what it was. It was the human element, the emotional intelligence piece, appreciating people and what they offer beyond their athletic skills. I must admit I took that for granted. I was into training, the X’s and O’s of coaching. I was focused on designing better workouts and refining technique. There were championships, big wins and some…


Added by Vern Gambetta on September 18, 2014 at 10:36am — No Comments

Strength and Conditioning Intern for Spring term

Coastal Carolina University is now accepting applications for the position of Spring Strength and Conditioning VOLUNTEER INTERN. Daily objectives will include but are not limited to; assisting with supervision and execution of strength training programs for various sports, teaching student athletes proper technique and equipment use, attending to the daily maintenance of the training facilities, participation in weekly projects, and professional…


Added by Sonya Woods on September 16, 2014 at 11:47am — No Comments

Merrimack Strength & Conditioning Spring 2015 Internship

Merrimack College is accepting applications for spring 2015 Strength and Conditioning Internships.  Merrimack, a Catholic Institution located in North Andover, MA with more than 2,000 students, is a member of Division I Hockey East and Division II Northeast-10 conference.     


Responsibilities for the position will entail assisting in implementation of all aspects of Strength and Conditioning programs for 23 Varsity Sports. Interns will assist with all strength, speed, and…


Added by Jimmy McGuire on September 15, 2014 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Strength and Conditioning Volunteer

Husson University Strength and Conditioning is accepting applications for a Fall Strength and Conditioning Volunteer. This is an unpaid position. Start date: October 13th; End Date: December 19th. Volunteer responsibilities include: Assisting with implementation of strength and conditioning programs at Husson University; Assisting with daily operations and facility/equipment maintenance; Effective set up and take down of strength and conditioning facilities for all programs…


Added by Christopher M. Jones on September 11, 2014 at 4:33pm — 1 Comment

Meaningful Practice

I know the term deliberate practice is the current buzzword but I don’t think it is getting the job done. I have always felt that words create images and images create action, so I use the term meaningful. Meaningful clearly communicates what I want from practice, it leaves little room for nuance. Practice must have a clear plan and purpose that the athlete understands. It must relate to the competitive demands of the…


Added by Vern Gambetta on September 11, 2014 at 8:13am — No Comments

The Basics

Know the Basics

Master the Basics

Don’t Deviate From the Basics…


Added by Vern Gambetta on September 9, 2014 at 7:51am — No Comments

Jon Jost Trades in His Whistle for a Shovel - A message from Jon Jost, former Director of S&C at FSU

Hello Coaches, Friends and Colleagues,


Most of you have probably heard that I resigned from my position at Florida State University, and that my wife and I have moved to Costa Rica where we will live on our coffee farm.  I have attached an announcement and some pictures…


Added by Strength Performance on September 7, 2014 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Realize Your Opportunity & Grab It

The Hero's Journey Blog

Changing your "have to" to "get to" makes a world of difference.

Hope you enjoy this edition of the Hero's Journey and find value. 

Enjoy your Sunday and start the week of strong!

Added by Alex Guillien on September 7, 2014 at 9:56am — No Comments

What is Periodization

Periodization (Planned Performance Training) is the timing, sequence and interaction of the training stimuli to allow optimum adaptive response in pursuit of specific competitive goals. It is: Why you do, what you do, in relation to when you do it. Another way to look to look at it, you are bringing the future into the present so you can do something about it. In one word it is planning – Don’t over complicate it - Apply…


Added by Vern Gambetta on September 7, 2014 at 7:19am — No Comments

Old Questions - New Answers

Questions are a major stimulus to drive change. Significant change will not come by spending an inordinate amount of time trying to find new answers to old questions. Real profound change will come from abandoning the old questions. Stop trying to answer them. Leave then alone. Reframe them and ask new questions from a whole different perspective.

Added by Vern Gambetta on September 6, 2014 at 7:25am — No Comments

A 'Movement Coach' in American Football?

Anyone who follows my work knows that I have been on a kick for quite some time regarding the overall lack of teaching targeted towards technical movement execution in American Football especially as it pertains to the higher levels of qualification (i.e. the National Football League).


Because of this, I whipped together a 2-part blog targeting this issue and a potential remedy for it. This solution centers on the introduction of a 'Movement Coach/Specialist' position into…


Added by Shawn Myszka on September 3, 2014 at 10:18am — 3 Comments

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