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Is your work working?

Is your work working? How do you know? Look closely at what you are doing? Look even more closely at what you are not doing? Eliminate the fluff, the stuff that makes you tired but does not make you better. Set your priorities based on the need to do, the areas that will provide results. Follow the words of Francis of Assisi “Start by doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

Added by Vern Gambetta on April 16, 2018 at 7:59am — No Comments

Position Available- Midwest Orthopaedic at Rush Sports Performance Manager

The Sports Performance Manager’s role is for the development and supervision of the day to day operations of the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Sports Performance Center in Oak Brook Illinois. This person will report to the Facility Manager (FM) to create a symbiotic relationship between the two sectors. This person will also work with the Clinical Research Director to assist in research implementation in the sports performance…

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Added by Meaghan Tobin on April 13, 2018 at 11:17am — No Comments

Dinosaur or Cockroach – Adapted or Adaptable?

Do not look for adversity, look for opportunity. Ask yourself what I can do each day to make the athletes that I work with better. Carefully study the movements of the sports – understand the forces and how they are produced and reduced and train accordingly. Get away from artificial limiting beliefs about what the body cannot do – focus on the infinite possibilities that the body presents to solve movement problems. Train movements to enhance coordination and…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on April 11, 2018 at 8:32am — No Comments

Some Thoughts to Stimulate Thought

Respect is earned not bought

Knowledge and wisdom eventually win out over hype and promotion

Coaching is special because of the impact you can have lives and the daily lesson you learn

I coached 23 years before I produced my first video – it took me that long to learn something that I could share…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on April 5, 2018 at 8:19am — No Comments

Fitness Tips You Need To Implement in 2018

Most of us are well familiar with resolutions about leading a healthier life, which we usually make a the end of the year. We also know that very few of them materialise in the following year for a number of reasons. The first one is that our enthusiasm and motivation fade as the year progresses and old routines kick in. Next, we often set unrealistic goals and when we realise we can’t achieve them, we simply get frustrated and…

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Added by Gabriella Diesendorf on April 4, 2018 at 8:10am — No Comments

Training Speed In

Let not overcomplicate this. You coach speed into the athlete by training speed at the appropriate time in the workout, using an appropriate method and dosage for the time of the training year. You train speed out by doing all sorts of general nonspecific work and slow “base building” type of work, in short emphasizing volume. Remember you are what you train to be! To be fast you must train fast. When I hear a coach say I have not started speed work yet, I just…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on April 2, 2018 at 8:45am — No Comments

The Good Old Days – Looking Back to Learn & Move Ahead

As I reflect over the past 49 years of coaches there were some things that were cornerstones of a productive system sport that do not exist today. I hope you all realize that I am not living in the past, but we MUST learn from the past, not repeat it.  Here are some areas that I think we could certainly look at and learn from:

Sport was centered in the schools – Therefore teachers were the coaches.…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 28, 2018 at 6:56am — No Comments

Amazing Ways Playing Golf Affects Your Body and Mind

Sports have been used for centuries to help people get to healthy bodies and keep their minds sharp. Even at the time in history when curves or even gluttony were used as a symbol of status, there was still the notion…

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Added by Nina Simons on March 28, 2018 at 3:31am — No Comments

Muscle Firing – Where’s the Switch?

"A lot of things weren't firing -- his glutes, his hips, thighs," (Training Guru to the star players – name deleted to protect the guilty) told the newspaper. "I wouldn't say his condition was the most severe, I wouldn't say it was the best. ... But if I were to classify it on a scale of one to 10 with 10 being the most extreme, I'd say he was definitely in the seven, eight category." This is definitely one of my pet peeves. If those muscles were not firing how…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 27, 2018 at 8:00am — No Comments

How to Start Exercise When You Are Overweight

It can be really difficult to find motivation and actually start exercising, not just talking about it, and this stands for anyone who doesn’t live a physically active lifestyle. But for people who are overweight, it’s even tougher to get…

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Added by Victoria Lim on March 27, 2018 at 5:34am — 1 Comment

Formulating Effective Movement Problems

A big part of effective coaching is formulating appropriate movement problems for you athletes to solve. Here are three things I consider:

  • Learn when to use explicit learning or implicit learning methods – learning to balance the two is a skill.
  • Learn to use constraints that will challenge the athlete and lead them to the solution…
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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 26, 2018 at 9:03am — No Comments

Training Mistakes

The following is a list of some mistakes that I have made in 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 of 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.

It does not have to be hard to be good - Each workout is part of a larger picture. If you put…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 22, 2018 at 8:54am — No Comments

Advice to Young Coaches & Some Old Coaches Who Need to Be Reminded

Here is some advice for young coaches from my experiences. I originally posted this in 2012 but it demands to be reposted. This advice reflects lessons that I learned, no need to make the same the same mistakes I made.

Be prepared to pay your dues, you don’t enlist the army as a general.

Practice…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 21, 2018 at 8:41am — No Comments

All Periodization is Undulating

Why does periodization or as I prefer to call it Planned Performance Training (PPT) have to be either linear or undulating? Frankly in my application of the principles of planned performance training for 49 years I have observed that adaptation is always undulating. The body does nothing in a linear manner, so therefore all periodization is undulating. I think this distinction is just another exercise in intellectual gymnastics. You may write a linear program,…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 19, 2018 at 8:19am — No Comments

Revised blog #51 from 1 year ago..."The A,B,C’s of Adolescent Movement Skills Development Part 2, Ch 3" #JoinTheAthleticMovementSkillsSeries <a href="http://bit.ly/2n2EzlC">http://bit.ly/2n2EzlC</a>

Revised blog #51 from 1 year ago...forward thinking...I suggest for parents and coaches is the answer. #LifeMovementSkills "The A,B,C’s of Adolescent Movement Skills Development Part 2, Ch 3" #JoinTheAthleticMovementSkillsSeries http://bit.ly/2n2EzlC

Added by Chris Morland on March 16, 2018 at 7:28am — No Comments

Training Mechanisms

It doesn't matter what your training for, the reality is that all training is specific to how and in what manner you train.  That's pretty simple right?  I prudent review of comprehensive literature supports this notion.  In this context, using exercises like barbell squats to improve sprint speed almost makes zero sense.  Why, sure barbell squats can improve leg strength, but so can a lot of other exercises.  In a very, very minimal sense barbell squats don't…

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Added by John Mikula on March 3, 2018 at 7:17am — No Comments

Notecards: Pre-Hab

I use the heck out of notecards for just about every aspect of strength and conditioning planning.  They are compact and easy to use; however, unformatted notecards can be uninviting to use.  So, I design and format my own cards and put them in my Coach's Companion planner.  

This card is formatted for a pre-hab circuit.  Pre-hab is a very important aspect of comprehensive strength and conditioning.  In some cases,…

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Added by John Mikula on March 3, 2018 at 6:48am — No Comments

White Boards

I like to use whiteboards when facilitating physical training.  They serve as a constructive piece of communication and can be quite an effective teaching aid.  I format my whiteboards so that session information can be coordinated in the way I want it to be facilitated.  I also like to use magnets with my mobile boards so that I can hang them up and free my hands to teach and/or demonstrate.…

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Added by John Mikula on March 3, 2018 at 6:34am — No Comments

More on Drills

It is important to be clear on one thing regarding drills. If you use a drill or drills know why you are using the drill. In my experience drills are most effective in closed skill activities where they can be used to correct a part of the movement or reinforce a concept. But always go back to the whole movement, remember Whole – Part – Whole. In any situation drills are most effective when the athlete has a clear image and feeling for the end result – the…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on February 26, 2018 at 9:55am — No Comments

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