I have been seventy now for two weeks, I honestly don’t feel a whole lot different than when I was sixty-nine or even when I was sixty. I don’t feel and hopefully I don’t act old (Not 100% how old people are supposed to act). It has me taken this long to be comfortable in my own skin because I have learned through the years what matters. I appreciate each day as it comes more than I did in my younger years where I…Continue
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Bumper Plates would probably not be in existence if not for the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. In the early years of weightlifting cast iron Olympic weights were used. As the amount of weight increased over the years it became impractical and unsafe for the lifters to try to bring…Continue
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I am always very wary when someone has all the answers. I am more interested in being around and learning from those who have more questions than answers. I always come back to the words of Gertrude Stein “The answer is there is no answer."
Added by Vern Gambetta on January 18, 2017 at 8:24am — No Comments
I try to make use of filming training sessions and exercises, at least some aspect, on a regular basis. During team training, I'm looking to dissect and analyze many variables. At other times, I'm looking at "correctness" of exercise skill. Learning how to execute correctness has direct transfer outside of the training environment. On the other hand, reinforce in-correctness of skill in the training…Continue
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GAIN started in 2007 but the genesis of GAIN goes back to the start of my coaching career in 1969. It is forged in my experience early in my career when I was able to gather in an Intense concentrated setting with bright inquisitive minds in one place to share and learn. It quickly became clear to me that anytime I could gather with professional colleagues to exchange ideas that my performance as a coach would…Continue
Added by Vern Gambetta on January 9, 2017 at 5:34am — No Comments
I try and attack new learning like a hungry lion roaming the Serengeti for his next meal. Here are some of my favorite sources of new learning from 2016.
Favorite Journal Article
Blood Lactate Measurements and Analysis during Exercise: A Guide for Clinicians…Continue
Added by John Mikula on December 30, 2016 at 1:57pm — No Comments
Volume is not a biomotor quality. Anyone can do more; the path to success is doing it better.
Train speed in – It is precious. Very easy to compromise by speed by doing too much
Strength as a motor quality is easy to develop and even…Continue
Added by Vern Gambetta on December 30, 2016 at 10:06am — No Comments
It has become way too easy in the profession to accept the notion that a one size fits all training construct meets the needs for all athletes. It has become way too easy to extend the myth that a certain group of lifts will morph athletes into powerful and explosive machines. It has become way too easy to edge real conditioning out of team-sport training except for hyper-choreographed sprints. It has become way too easy to de-emphasize experienced coaching for…Continue
Added by John Mikula on December 29, 2016 at 12:08pm — No Comments
Here are three questions to consider:
1. What's the training environment like?
- Do coaches and athletes clearly know what is expected of them?
- Are the goals of training realistic?
- How does the training environment reach the broad spectrum of…Continue
Added by John Mikula on December 26, 2016 at 7:07pm — No Comments
In 2016 I have read 148 books these are my choices for books of the year. I have no particular criteria. Generally if the book makes me think and stimulates good ideas or teaches me something I did not know before they make the list. The books reflect my eclectic…Continue
Added by Vern Gambetta on December 22, 2016 at 9:54am — No Comments
My Sports and Coaching Books of the Year. Notice the placing of the Wade Gilbert book - Coaching is the foundation!…Continue
Added by Vern Gambetta on December 21, 2016 at 2:39pm — No Comments
I may be an old man but one thing I am not is old school. I will use the metaphor of the increased awareness of the quality of vinyl records. Some call them old school, but there is a reason why people who are true aficionados of music are going back to vinyl – the sound is better, you can hear rhythms and tempo that are lost on tape or on CD’s. Next month God willing I will start my forty-eighth year on this…Continue
Added by Vern Gambetta on December 21, 2016 at 1:25pm — No Comments
Try this for one week. When you go out to coach leave your cell phone and iPad in the office. Put the Go Pro away. Turn off the GPS. Watch the athlete, see how they more, how they accumulate those numbers you ponder over. Don’t measure bar speed instead watch the lift. Oh and by the way don’t forget that all training is velocity based. Put the wellness questionnaire in the drawer and greet your athletes and ask them…Continue
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