Eastside, Westside all about the town. Does it really matter if you are Westside guys, unless you are in a gang. I despise labels! I guess that does not leave too much wiggle room does it. A couple of people said the Westside Barbell guys were upset with my post on recovery. I am sure many people were because I had the audacity to question conventional wisdom. Frankly to be good at what you do, you cannot afford to worship at the altar of method or hang your hat on one person’s ideas. To be the best demands an eclectic approach. I learned this a long time ago from Bill Bowerman. He proudly acknowledged all the influences that were the ingredients of the Oregon Program. I am about training; I have a system that I have evolved over the years. It works for me, in the situations where I am able to apply hands on. Certain other people have been able to adapt aspects of my system their situations and create their own systems, more power to them. To train you can’t just lift heavy, you can’t not lift, and you can’t just sprint, you do what you have to do depending on the demands of the sport and level of development of the athlete. That demands attention to all components of training at all times in different proportions. To define a profession and move forward in training lets get past all the bull shitake. PS – Am I a Westside guy because I grew up on the Westside (pretty close to the wrong side of the tracks) and I had barbells? May if I learn the secret handshake I can join the fraternity.

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Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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