This is my outline of my presentation at the Evolution of the Athlete Conference:
Building the Athlete from the Ground Up
Gambetta Sports Training Systems
3M +3P = Training System
What is Function?
Full Spectrum Work, Multiple Planes, Multiple Joints, Full Range of Motion & Proprioceptively Demanding
What is Functional Training?
Training that incorporates a full spectrum of training methods, designed to elicit optimum adaptive response appropriate for the sport or activity being trained for.
No one system is emphasized to the exclusion of another
No one method or physical quality becomes an end unto itself
Each athlete is a case study of one.
Be real – Avoid artificial restraints and positions
The ability to perform athletic movements (run, jump & throw) at optimum speed, with precision, style and grace within the context of your sport
# 1 Have a road map – Start with a plan, execute it, and evaluate it
Systematic approach to athletic development
The Puzzle – Putting the pieces together
Timing and Time
Must be measurable in order to be repeatable
What should it be? Is it game like?
Does it evaluate Fundamental Movements?
What are you looking for?
What will you do with what you find?
Can the athlete and coach relate to it?
Are you comparing to normative data or is the comparison intra individual?
# 2 Think big picture – Understand the movement constants
Interrelationship of the three constants dictates everything that we do
Body Gravity Ground
Build and rebuild the complete athlete
The big picture is the context; and context is everything
The muscles are slaves of the brain
Tap into, and use the wisdom of the body
No one workout or method will make the athlete; training is synergistic, just as movement is synergistic
# 3 Learn to use the ground efficiently – Start with gait
You can’t shoot a cannon from a canoe
Movement is gravity–driven
# 4 Fundamental movement skills must be mastered before specific sport skills can be acquired and advanced training undertaken
FUNdamental Movement Skills
Cultivate–the “Skill Hungary Years” ages 7 to 9
Not sport skill, movement skill
Crawl, reach, pull, push, climb, run, jump & throw
# 5 Train Linkage – Train toenails to fingernails
Train the symphony of movement
“Toenails to fingernails”
Respect the structure and function relationship
“…the function of a muscle depends critically on the context in which it is activated.” Roger Enoka
Spectrum strength train
Multiple Planes Multiple Joints
Full Range of Motion Proprioceptively Demanding
# 6 Train the core as the center of the action
Movement revolves around and through the core
It is the transmission and relay center of the body
Recognize its role in function and train it accordingly
Rotate >>>> Rotate>>>>Rotate
# 7 Build a work capacity base appropriate for your sport
Training is work with a purpose
The foundational work is based on the demands of the sport
Volume is NOT a biomotor quality
# 8 Train sport-appropriate – You are what you train to be
SAID – Specific adaptations to imposed demands
Reversibility – Use it or lose it
# 9 Think Long–Term – Training is cumulative
Systematic Sequential Progressive
Often, what you do not do is as important as what you actually do
# 10 The individual athlete is the focus – Recognize, train and rehab the individual
“Build athletic bodies that are adaptable rather than adapted” Steve Myrland
Must meet individual needs; no two individuals are alike
Many roads to Rome
Fast Adaptors Slow Adaptors