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October 2013 Blog Posts (18)

Resistance & The Only Way To Attack It

You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.

~Jerry West…


Added by Alex Guillien on October 30, 2013 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Breaking Free Out Of The Abyss

The Beginning


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…


Added by Alex Guillien on October 30, 2013 at 9:41am — No Comments

To push or not to push

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…


Added by Eric Feigl on October 30, 2013 at 6:32am — No Comments

Cultivating Mental Toughness

In terms of instilling the values of mental toughness and work ethic, discipline is the gift that keeps on giving.

William Baldwin…


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…


Added by Vern Gambetta on October 23, 2013 at 7:37am — No Comments


Hey y'all,

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.



Added by Matt Walker on October 22, 2013 at 9:14am — 6 Comments

the Sports Gene

9781591845119_custom-759e08f6cb64f394ca7c101cbc736d5d8b21611a-s6-c30 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…


Added by Vern Gambetta on October 22, 2013 at 8:57am — No Comments

Searching For Marginal Gains

"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…


Added by Vern Gambetta on October 21, 2013 at 10:02am — No Comments

Self-Management for Effective Coaching

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…


Added by Vern Gambetta on October 18, 2013 at 9:47am — No Comments

My Story of Overcoming Adversity.... " Gifts are Meant For Others, Share Them."


My Story of Going Into The Darkness & Coming out in The Light As a teenager I was an incredible athlete, but relied on my raw ability and would not put the work into training. I was lazy! As a result I missed an opportunity to play pro baseball.

I had no goals or dreams and no higher power to help… Continue

Added by Tj Walls on October 15, 2013 at 10:36am — No Comments

I think I can


Maybe this is subliminal programming from my childhood, but I grew up thinking I…


Added by Vern Gambetta on October 15, 2013 at 8:40am — No Comments

Just Doing It

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…


Added by Vern Gambetta on October 14, 2013 at 8:14am — No Comments

Getting It and Getting There

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…


Added by Vern Gambetta on October 11, 2013 at 9:53am — 1 Comment

Power Conditioning Series_1


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 reproduction, skillful movement, coordination, stamina and confidence…


Added by John Mikula on October 8, 2013 at 9:05am — 1 Comment

Olympic Lifts and Knee Muscle Activation

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…


Added by John Mikula on October 7, 2013 at 3:52pm — 2 Comments

Elite Soccer Performance Training

Elite Soccer Performance Training – a perspective both biomechanically and metabolically…


Added by Mark Wine on October 3, 2013 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Coaching Specialization

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…


Added by Vern Gambetta on October 3, 2013 at 9:42am — No Comments

The Science of Periodization of Repetition Tempo

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,…


Added by Karsten Jensen on October 2, 2013 at 5:31pm — No Comments

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