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Neural Confusion

Neural confusion is a term, a metaphor if you will, that I use to explain what happens when you use exercises that attempt to isolate one muscle at one joint either to enhance performance or to prevent injury. Let recognize that the brain does not recognize individual muscles rather it recognizes and organizes patterns of movement to take advantage of muscle synergies. Attempting to isolate an individual muscle…


Added by Vern Gambetta on September 21, 2017 at 9:32am — No Comments

The Glue


What is the glue that binds everything together in your program? Everyone does the same exercises, practices and trains in similar manners. What is your difference maker – the glue? You may not be able to see it, but successful programs have it. It is what gives depth and…


Added by Vern Gambetta on September 19, 2017 at 7:28am — No Comments

The Little Engine That Could - I Think I can & I Will

Maybe this is subliminal programming from my childhood, but I grew up thinking I could. One of my favorite books as a child was the Little Engine That Could. When I had children, I read it to them at least once a week. There is a clear message – Embrace the challenge. Look at possibilities. What can you do? How can you do it? Take one step at a time, move forward, never look…

Added by Vern Gambetta on September 18, 2017 at 8:23am — No Comments

Considering Function

It would be foolish to not consider function during training, but the dynamic understanding and intent of function-ability can easily be misunderstood.  Case in point, we have functional training, but often these modalities are just physical therapy exercises or Yoga poses that pertain to these settings.  We have functional movement screens, great, but again the value outside of clinical applications of highlighting injury or potential for injury is not clearly…


Added by John Mikula on September 17, 2017 at 11:50am — No Comments

Compared to What?

I think it's invaluable to be able to compare training progress and process especially with similar entities. There's are a lot of dynamics at play which contribute to why something works in one situation and not in another.  "Works" meaning the training makes a measurable difference in relation to the intended outcome.  For example, if the intended outcome of a training program is to help produce hardy, more dynamic athletes how would I know if training contributed…


Added by John Mikula on September 13, 2017 at 7:37pm — No Comments

What to Reward

Reward drives human behavior.  Undoubtedly, fitness is a behavior.   Ultimately, we'd like athletes' behavior to be driven more by intrinsic or internal rewards than by external sources, but this type of thinking takes time to develop.  

So, what can we extrinsically reward in terms of fitness behavior?  Here's a place where the prudent coach really has to put some effort into thinking about the big picture.  The trap…


Added by John Mikula on September 11, 2017 at 8:52pm — No Comments

Adapt and Survive defines the word adapt as the ability to adjust oneself to different conditions, environment, ect.  Charles Darwin suggested that adaptation is more of a causal factor for survival than strength or…


Added by John Mikula on September 2, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Cost of convenience

No matter how different one strength gym is from another, we all collect payments for our services.  As a customer, it's easiest to have money come out of your account rather than going over to an ATM to get cash. Likewise, its easier for a gym to have an automated system or gym management software to collect payments.  With such payments, you can accept credit cards and ACH payments- but…


Added by Johnny Rhino on August 24, 2017 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Green Eggs and Ham

Green eggs and ham uses 50 different words and only one of those words has more than one syllable!…

Added by Vern Gambetta on August 22, 2017 at 7:52am — No Comments

Stop and Think

Before the day starts today take a minute and reflect. Why are you doing what you are doing when you are doing it and with whom are doing it? If you can’t sensibly and logically answer these questions in the context of the whole development process of the athlete then maybe you should not be doing it.

Added by Vern Gambetta on August 21, 2017 at 6:15am — No Comments

Learning Context

The context in which we learn is highly important, but sometimes it impairs our development as a coach and how we help shape the future of athletes.  Learning context refers to the environment and/or situation in which knowledge and behavior is developed.  This association can be very strong and motivating in regards to future learning and perceptions.  It can open doors to learning, but close them, too.

Contextual learning…


Added by John Mikula on August 20, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Coaching Pitfalls – Taper and Pre-season

Over the years, I have seen that there are two periods of the year where good coaching can go awry: The pre-season training period and the taper. Both are essential but both are fraught with perils and pitfalls characterized by the same root cause – the willingness/desire/need/obsession to do more than is necessary. Ultimately do to insecurity and…

Added by Vern Gambetta on August 18, 2017 at 7:32am — No Comments

Training Smarter

Who the heck doesn't want to train smarter?  We all do, don't we?  At least we should, but on further review I don't know if many entities out there really want to train smarter.  I guess some do as long as it doesn't involve changing anything currently being done.  A more correct statement would be, "Who the heck doesn't want to look cooler when training?"  That's probably more correct.

There's a ton wrong with that train of…


Added by John Mikula on August 13, 2017 at 7:46pm — No Comments

Topic #67: Planning for Success with Technology Tools, Part 2 of 4 #PlanningForSuccess

Topic #67: Planning for Success with Technology Tools, Part 2 of 4 #PlanningForSuccess

Added by Chris Morland on August 3, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Old Coach - Young Coach

As a young coach, I was sure I knew everything and I was dumb enough to tell everyone who would listen and some who would not. I thought a lot of the old coaches were out of it, behind the times. They did not subscribe to the latest fads and speak in fancy jargon, they just consistently produced results. My biggest regret is taking too long to figure this out. Those old coaches knew what they did know and they did it very well they seldom if ever strayed from the basics. When they did…


Added by Vern Gambetta on August 1, 2017 at 7:26am — No Comments

Some Coaching Advice to Make You A Better Coach

Here is some practical actionable advice from an old coach raised in an analog age:

Leave your iPhone and iPad in the office. Put the Go Pro away.

              STOP! LOOK!…


Added by Vern Gambetta on July 30, 2017 at 6:36am — No Comments

Weber State University - Part Time Position

 The Weber State University Strength and Conditioning Department is accepting applications for the position of Part-Time Strength and Conditioning Coach. This is a temporary (10 month appointment) part-time position for a with the opportunity to renew. The intended start date is August 1, 2017. The position is subject to a university background check.

Responsibilities: Assisting in all aspects of the daily operation of the Weber State University Strength and…


Added by Chris Fritz on July 25, 2017 at 11:33am — No Comments

Internship Opportunity

Kent State University is looking for Sports Performance internship candidates for the Fall Semester (September – December 2017). Daily responsibilities include: assisting with the set up and break down of training sessions, daily clean up and maintenance of the weight room and all of its equipment, assist with supervision and demonstration during the training sessions, and participation in a structured internship program, which includes required weekly meetings and projects. …


Added by Bob Lemieux on July 25, 2017 at 10:36am — No Comments

Kent State University- Internship

The University of Kent State Sports Performance Department is currently accepting applications for the Sports Performance Internship, specifically for Football, during the fall. Qualifications: Ideal candidates will possess a strong work ethic, willingness to learn, and a strong desire to become a Sports Performance /Strength and Conditioning Professional. Must be used for class credit through any institution. Compensation: This is an unpaid voluntary position. Candidates will gain…


Added by Trei Michael Mitchell on July 24, 2017 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Adapt and Survive

I don't think I can emphasize enough that the purpose of an athletic or tactical strength and conditioning program is to facilitate adaptation on some level.  The term adaptation means that an alteration has occurred in the structure or function of an organism to increase the chance of survival.  Now, we see this on-going all around us everyday in plants and animals, but with humans the change is sometimes less…


Added by John Mikula on July 23, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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