You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.
Added by Alex Guillien on October 30, 2013 at 2:17pm — No Comments
Sigur Ros' track Untitled 4 comes on, bringing me back to the day. I was depressed. My body ached. My heart ached. It hurt to get out of bed. All I wanted to do was lay in bed, scared to go out into the world. Unable to even face my loved ones. My energy was low, I ate unhealthy and didn't exercise. My appetite was nowhere to be found. And for a 6-1 235 pound person with a lot of muscle, this didn't…Continue
Added by Alex Guillien on October 30, 2013 at 9:41am — No Comments
Push, noun; a vigorous effort to do or obtain something. What a great word. We probably use it many ways through out the day but when it comes to training or exercise it takes on an entirely new meaning. We push ourselves to get out of bed or meet your trainer after work. We push our families to make healthy eating choices. You probably push your children to do well in school. In this case, you depend on your trainer to push you during a workout. If you train…Continue
Added by Eric Feigl on October 30, 2013 at 6:32am — No Comments
Added by Alex Guillien on October 24, 2013 at 10:32pm — No Comments
Everybody wants workouts. Can you send me the workouts you do with your swimmers or a volleyball player is a common request I get. Why? Workouts are only good for the people they are designed for. Sometimes (hopefully more often than not) they work and sometimes they don’t. If you work with football at Central Nowhere High school does what State University does in training have real relevance to what you are doing with…Continue
Added by Vern Gambetta on October 23, 2013 at 7:37am — No Comments
Would any of you have any good reading selections or viewing materials on pre-season conditioning? Already using NASE and NSCA Essentials books and Block Periodization by Issurin. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
READ THIS BOOK! In the past three years I have read over 300 books, the Sports Gene is one of the best books I have read in that time. David Epstein not only nails the science but he tells compelling stores that bring the science to life. He takes…Continue
Added by Vern Gambetta on October 22, 2013 at 8:57am — No Comments
"The aggregation of marginal gains" is a phrase that became the mantra of Dave Brailsford performance director of British cycling. What is overlooked in this phrase is the term “aggregation.” Certainly everyone in elite sport is looking for the tenth of a percent that can be the difference maker. In the search for marginal gains it is easy to lose sight of the fact that it is a process that is built on solid fundamentals…Continue
Added by Vern Gambetta on October 21, 2013 at 10:02am — No Comments
As coaches a huge part of our job involves management. Management of our athletes first, then management of our assistant coaches, support staff, facilities etc. To be a good coach it is absolutely necessary to be an effective manager. That being said the biggest management task we face is management of ourselves. Without effective self-management I contend it is virtually impossible to manage others effectively. In…Continue
Added by Vern Gambetta on October 18, 2013 at 9:47am — No Comments
Added by Tj Walls on October 15, 2013 at 10:36am — No Comments
Maybe this is subliminal programming from my childhood, but I grew up thinking I…Continue
Added by Vern Gambetta on October 15, 2013 at 8:40am — No Comments
Just doing it is not good enough to get significantly better. You can go through the motions and just do it. Anybody can that, but if you truly want to be the best and achieve your potential you must go beyond just doing it. Just doing it is putting the time; it is mindless work that makes you tired. You have to move beyond just doing it. What you do in training must be done with attention, focus, and precision. Good is…Continue
Added by Vern Gambetta on October 14, 2013 at 8:14am — No Comments
Why do some athletes get it and make it and others with equal talent and ability fall by the wayside. This is a lifelong fascination of mine. Talent and ability are a given to make it to elite status, but it is so much more than that. Some athletes navigate the path easily and directly and other struggle, but both still make it. Why? Certainly athlete development and passage through to élite…Continue
Here's a look at what we call a "power series" while training performance athletes. Each workout, we want to train readiness, resiliency, and performance. In this 20 second series, there's a lot going on within the athlete such as force production and…Continue
I've watched about 10 high school football games this season and have seen at least (1) non-contact ACL injury in each game, several games more than one injury. Interestingly, in most cases the injured athletes was a "prime-time" player. Sports injury data has told us that injury rates have not decreased in high school and college athletes in spite of the increasing number of ATCs and CSCSs at these levels. I'm wondering what the profession is doing or not doing that may be a…Continue
Elite Soccer Performance Training – a perspective both biomechanically and metabolically…Continue
Added by Mark Wine on October 3, 2013 at 1:45pm — No Comments
In the whole athlete development process we are very aware of the dangers of early specialization and even over specialization in young developing athletes. I was thinking yesterday after my interaction with some young coaches over the past couple of months that one of the biggest changes I see in the current generation of coaches is very narrow specialization. I see coaches who are incredibly knowledgeable in a very…Continue
Added by Vern Gambetta on October 3, 2013 at 9:42am — No Comments
Dear Strength Coach,
I believe that the essence of being a strength coach is the ability to create, instruct, supervise and evaluate and refine training programs.
I also believe, in placing greater demands on myself than the athletes and coaches I work with do.
If you agree with the above the following question is natural: Do I have/invest as much time as is needed in program design to create the best programs possible?
While I can't help you with your schedule,…Continue
Added by Karsten Jensen on October 2, 2013 at 5:31pm — No Comments