General Strength


At the risk of bucking the tide and being heretical is general strength everything it is made out to be? What I see called general strength in so many speed and power programs is often just STUFF. A bunch of exercises thrown together with goofy names does not necessarily mean it is productive training. I do believe that properly designed general strength work is important at certain times in a training cycle and in a career. For the young developing athlete it is key element in development, for the older more mature athlete it is a reset button. In other words at different stages of an athlete’s career it should have different emphasis. General strength takes many forms; it is not just body weight exercises. Properly designed general strength work takes into account order of exercises, sequence and timing in order to be optimally effective. Use it, but use it wisely- don’t drink the kool aid. Be discriminating and see where it fits in the whole program.
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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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