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October 2011 Blog Posts (21)

Pre-Season Basketball Conditioning Test


I am trying to finalize the conditioning test for our boys basketball team. I used the 20x22s last year, but I was wondering what other people have used or will use.

Added by Chan Cho on October 30, 2011 at 7:13pm — 2 Comments

Learning and Professional Development

Yesterday I saw a resume’ where the person listed eight certifications beyond their maters degree. One of the certifications required four levels! This person could not have been over thirty years of age. I am not sure if this is someone I would hire. I would hav ebeen more impressed if that time was spent gaining hands on coachig expereinces with a variety of athletes and teams. This got me thinking about professional…


Added by Vern Gambetta on October 26, 2011 at 5:53am — 3 Comments

2*1 set

I'm trying to get some feedback on the rest period in between the reps on a 2*1 set. I have heard of everything from 5-25 sec between reps, or should u just base it on how you feel in between.

Added by Adam Johnson on October 25, 2011 at 11:46pm — No Comments

Saginaw Valley State University Internship

          The Strength and Conditioning Program is accepting applicants for volunteer strength and conditioning Internships.  We are looking for individuals with a strong work ethic, punctual, enthusiastic and a desire for the strength and conditioning field. 


Duties and responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  1. Assisting strength and conditioning staff in all facets of implementation of training programs.
  2. Aid in the instruction…

Added by Anthony Delli-Pizzi on October 25, 2011 at 10:12am — No Comments

Perspective – Knowledge into Wisdom

I have been fortunate to do what I do for a long time. I have seen many fads; trends and ideas come and go. At the end of the day in the world of coaching the bottom line is the bottom line; it is producing consistent results in the competitive arena. To do that requires strong core beliefs and sound foundational principles along with the ability to innovate and adapt as necessary.…


Added by Vern Gambetta on October 25, 2011 at 6:23am — No Comments

Crooked Squat Bar

Hi All


I am having some trouble recently with some boys squatting with a crooked bar on their back - i.e. the bar is lopsided. I have tried cues including "raise your right shoulder", "drop your left shoulder" among others. I am not quite sure if I am aiming on the right direction or not.They don't seem to have the feeling of a lopsided bar at all and they can't seem to adjust to the cues I am trying.


Any thoughts or help would be greatly…


Added by Tim Mosey on October 24, 2011 at 11:16pm — 1 Comment

It’s More Than An Exercise

It is so easy to get fixed on one exercise or even one training method and lose sight of the big picture. It is how the exercise or training method fits into the system that matters most. No one exercise or drill is the answer, no one exercise is the solution, if fact one exercise can be the problem or the cause of training errors. We all have our “go to” exercises, but the “go to” exercises only have meaning if they are… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 23, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Australia Observations & Conclusions

The following are some conclusions and ideas stimulated by what I saw and what I gathered from conversations with coaches, sports scientists and athletes during my visit down under. I want to emphasize that these are my opinions and conclusions and I certainly have a bias so factor that in as you read this.…


Added by Vern Gambetta on October 22, 2011 at 7:12am — No Comments

Some Lessons from Australia 2011 – Part Three

I concluded my stay in Canberra with two days of professional development with Dean Benton, Performance Director of Brumbies in Super Rugby, his staff and the coaching staff. I have worked with Dean for sometime and it has been great to see his professional growth. He has put together an outstanding program, the eny of any program I have seen in professional or collegiate sport in the US! When I spend five days with him…


Added by Vern Gambetta on October 21, 2011 at 8:32am — No Comments

Teaching 1-leg SLDL (or progressing to it)

Teaching 1-Leg SLDL

  • Reach your heel back
  • Get as long…

Added by Matt Siniscalchi on October 20, 2011 at 9:55pm — No Comments

University of Memphis Football Strength and Conditioning Spring Internship

The University of Memphis:  The Football Strength and Conditioning Department is searching for hard-working candidates for a Spring Internship opportunity working primarily with football.  Duties and responsibilities will include but are not limited to; assist Football Strength and Conditioning Staff in all facets of implementation of training programs, aid in the instruction of safe and proper weight training techniques, and assist in the regular maintenance and upkeep of the…


Added by Brian Hill on October 20, 2011 at 7:57am — No Comments

Some Lesson from Australia 2011 – Part Two

After the Australian Track & Field Coaches Association congress ended on Sunday after I stayed on at the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) for three more days. The AIS in many ways is the mother ship of sport with outstanding facilities and an extensive sport science and sport medicine staff. In addition each state has their own institute. It is safe to say that this is the best sports institute in the world. That…


Added by Vern Gambetta on October 20, 2011 at 4:58am — 1 Comment

Intern at Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green State University Internship Program

The Bowling Green State University Strength & Conditioning Department is accepting applications for the position of Strength and Conditioning Volunteer Intern for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. The successful candidate will be required to schedule and maintain a minimum of 20 hours per week with the strength & conditioning department. The program is designed for undergraduate students and the post bachelor professional… Continue

Added by Kenny Goodrich on October 19, 2011 at 10:20am — No Comments

Some Lesson from Australia 2011 – Part One

I will start with some points I picked up at the Australian Track and Field Coaches Association Conference.

Nutrition Supplements – Louise Burke, a nutritionist at the AIS made a point I found interesting. Instead of taking a black or white view on supplementation they are now taking a pragmatic approach. They classify…


Added by Vern Gambetta on October 19, 2011 at 5:21am — No Comments

Braves mourn the loss of Strength and Conditioning Coach, Thomas "Zeus" Hall

Alcorn State Athletics reports:


Alcorn State, MS--The Alcorn State University Family is deeply saddened by the loss of first year Strength and Conditioning Coach, Thomas "Zeus" Hall. Hall, 40,  was the victim of a fatal car accident early this morning.

Hall was in his first season…


Added by Strength Performance on October 16, 2011 at 10:29pm — No Comments


This entry offers a bit of a different perspective – that of the Intern in a Strength and Conditioning program.  By way of intro, I am a 52 year old with a Master’s in Sports Conditioning and Performance, and will be testing for my CSCS soon.  That makes my position unique in that I’m coming into this career path later in life than the typical Strength Coach, much less Intern. 

An internship is an opportunity to get hands-on experience in the Strength…


Added by Eddy Schumacher on October 13, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Internship Opportunity at South Florida

South Florida: The University of South Florida Strength and Conditioning is accepting applications for the Spring Semester of 2012 Athletic Performance Interns. Intern responsibilities include: assisting with the supervision and training of USF’s Division I intercollegiate athletic programs including football and other teams as assigned; assisting with daily administrative and maintenance duties; completion of various educational assignments during the internship are…


Added by Greg Honeychuck on October 11, 2011 at 11:53am — 1 Comment

A Simpletons Guide to Cricket Fitness

Some people may argue that they play cricket to get fit, which is all well and good for some people, and good on you. But there are people out there who realise that in order to perform better and become more athletic they need to embark on a serious fitness regimen. For a lot of people this can be daunting as there is a ton of information out there. It's easy to get lost in it all and end up going down the wrong path. Typically, people will start on a bodybuilding routine, which involves…


Added by Brian Wardle on October 11, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

NSCA Bulletin 33.07 is available

For those interested, the latest NSCA bulletin has been published: Version 33.07, concerning the month of July 2011. Among other topics, new in this bulletin you will find:

  • NSCA Journal's 2010 Impact Factors
  • Recertification Winners Announced
  • Learn how to complete CEUs through Home Study Courses
  • NSCA International Collaboration Grant update
  • Updates Regarding NSCA Awards Programs and Events
  • And more....
To view and/or…

Added by David Harris on October 9, 2011 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Green Monster Spinach Smoothies

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Added by Strength Performance on October 3, 2011 at 11:41am — No Comments

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