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November 2014 Blog Posts (19)

Gravitational Forces

It has been said that gravitational forces are forces of attraction.  In other words larger objects are always pulling smaller objects towards them.  

How about the field of performance training for athletes…


Added by John Mikula on November 28, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Head AND Neck Training Specialist Certification


Head AND Neck Training Specialist Certification

Head & Neck Training Specialist Certification

Preparing and Protecting Your Athletes During Competition…


Added by Dr.Ralph Cornwell Jr on November 27, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Cost of Exercise

Isn't there a cost to exercise?  Think about it.  Any training session that presents a decent challenge to a trainee costs something.  No, I'm not talking about monetary terms, but rather human cost.

I think too often the cost of single bouts of training are not calculated into the big training picture…


Added by John Mikula on November 24, 2014 at 7:12pm — No Comments

Develop a Bulletproof Core With Advanced Barbell Rollouts


Rollouts are one of the best exercises for developing an athletic core. But if you have a strong core, standard Ab Wheel Rollouts and Barbell Rollouts may be a bit easy for you. Luckily, there are some ways you can increase the difficulty of the exercise to continue challenging your core. Some of these movements even work other areas of your body.…


Added by Kelvin King Jr on November 24, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Jessica Costanzo 1991 - 2014

Jessica was tragically killed Thursday morning in a car accident. In times like this it so hard to find words to express the feeling of sadness and loss for all who knew her. She was a member of the Venice High School girls volleyball I had the pleasure of working with from 2007 to 2009. It was very special group of young ladies. Once again it made me think of what coaching is about, it is about people like Jessica. We…


Added by Vern Gambetta on November 24, 2014 at 9:12am — No Comments

Balancing Art & Science in Coaching

I am fascinated by science. The empirical nature of the scientific method has an innate appeal. It allows us to study and explore the deepest dimensions of our being and our existence in the world. That being said at the end of the day I am a practitioner. My job as a coach is produce results, to apply the science to the best of my ability by transferring it into practice. The nature of this leans heavily on the art that…


Added by Vern Gambetta on November 23, 2014 at 11:17am — No Comments

Sports Specialization & Overuse Injuries-My thoughts

“Please Mom & Dad, I Need to Rest”


In an article by Cliff Sims he outlines a plea from renown orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, surrounding the year round, youth sports specialization, culture we live in today. This is just one of many articles addressing this topic, some of which have come…


Added by Dave Schall on November 21, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Power Lift was issued their fifth patent

Power Lift has been issued a patent number for the Pro Select Standing 4-Way Neck

Jefferson, IA (November 18, 2014) -- Power Lift, a leading innovator in the strength training world, was issued their fifth patent (#8,876,665) by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the Pro Select…


Added by Strength Performance on November 19, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Dimensions of Communication

The ability to clearly communicate your message is the key to effective coaching. Unfortunately as coaches we too often rely on one dimension of communication – talking. A wise coach once told that you that have one mouth, two eyes and two ears for a reason. Watching and listening should occur in that ratio to talking. Don’t forget your persona, body language, energy level; they all go a long way toward determining your effectiveness as a communicator. When you do speak be aware of your tone of… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on November 19, 2014 at 8:24am — No Comments

The Human Chain

I know it's still in-vogue to refer to the human body as a kinetic chain, but I'll suggest there's much, much more to factor than that of just a chain when trying to improve human performance for sports or tactical purposes.  Certainly, there's an "inter-connection" of muscle that is acted upon to create…


Added by John Mikula on November 16, 2014 at 8:25pm — No Comments

Letter to a Coach Beginning Their Career

Dear Coach:

Congratulations on beginning an exciting journey of discovery. You have checked all the boxes in terms of your preparation, you have interned, you are certified and you have your degree in sports science. Those are the keys that unlock the door. Now the fun starts, the real work begins, you get to apply what you have learned. Be prepared to pay your dues, 90% 0f coaching is grunt work. Not much science, just a whole lot of detail work that no one ever teaches you in…


Added by Vern Gambetta on November 16, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Communication is the essence of coaching. Obviously there is verbal and non-verbal communication. Lets focus on verbal communication. What you say and how you say it has incredible power to convey th…

Communication is the essence of coaching. Obviously there is verbal and non-verbal communication. Lets focus on verbal communication. What you say and how you say it has incredible power to convey the message. The Dictionary-1basis of verbal communication is the words we use. In my first year of coaching one of my mentor coaches emphasized to me that words create images in the receivers mind, subsequently those images create action. Therefore it is very important to carefully select the words… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on November 14, 2014 at 7:47am — No Comments

Top 10 Things To Improve Your Athlete's Movement

As Strength & Conditioning Professionals we are all in the business of improving sport movement.


Because of that, I compiled a Special Report for my business, Movement Mastery, that I wanted to offer you today. This Report included my Top 10 Things That You You Can Do To Improve Your Athlete's Movement.


You can access the…


Added by Shawn Myszka on November 12, 2014 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Changing the World

The challenge of the day is: What are you doing today to change your world? Notice I did not the world I said your world. It is the only world you have the power to change on a daily basis. Your world is the people, places, and situations within your physical and vitual reach, that which you have the power to control. Too often we allow outside influences change our world. Re-reading the Chimp Paradox by Steve Peters has made me think about this. We are in command of our own ships, so take the… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on November 9, 2014 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Meaningful Training

There is training that is just work and leads nowhere – this is training as performance. This is the Crossfit WOD mentality that each workout is an end unto itself and must be as hard as possible to be good. These workouts make you very tired and sometimes even put you in the hospital.

Contrast that with real training, training that is contextual within the demands of the sport and the needs of the individual – this is training for performance. Each session has a specific goal and… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on November 7, 2014 at 7:48am — No Comments

A Simple Plan?

Is there any more valuable commodity for producing successful training outcomes than that of planning.  Coaches such as John Wooden and Vince Lombardi certainly proved its efficacy.  One thing that I've found out about planning is that it's hard to do.  Rather, it's much easier just to "think" about…


Added by John Mikula on November 6, 2014 at 7:19am — No Comments

Getting Better

The daily challenge for you and your athletes is getting better. How do you get better? How much better can you get? It is a simple proposition: How much better do you want to be? How far out of your comfort zone can you get each day & how deep into the performance zone can you get? Most of us limit ourselves because we believe in boundaries, limitations and barriers. There are no boundaries and barriers! Get out now…


Added by Vern Gambetta on November 5, 2014 at 7:05am — No Comments

Training Mistakes - Part Two

Repetitious Exercises

This usually overloads one area or one component; the end result is a poor training response. I always say hunt with a rifle, not a shotgun.

Training to failure…


Added by Vern Gambetta on November 4, 2014 at 6:47am — No Comments

Training Mistakes

The following is a list of some mistakes that I have made in my coaching and teaching. If you learn from your mistakes I should be a genius, but unfortunately some of the lessons were only learned after I repeated these mistakes several times. I hope that by sharing these with you, it will help you to avoid making the same mistakes I have made.…


Added by Vern Gambetta on November 3, 2014 at 8:13am — No Comments

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