A Snapshot or a Movie?


When people post video of an exercise or a description of a workout that is just a snapshot of a feature length movie. The snapshot has no context, Where? When? How? Who? Most importantly of all- Why? I notice when I do presentations and put a workout on the screen people will frantically scramble to write it down before I go to the next screen. The same with the video clips. Everyone wants copies of the clips because that it is a cool exercise. I can’t tell you how many “cool exercises” have blown up in my face. Why because I tried to use the “cool exercise” arbitrarily without taking the time to put it in the context of the system. For example I just saw a clip of Daron Robles, World record in 110 meter hurdles, doing a series of drills over one hurdle in place. It was poetry in motion, one of the coolest series of hurdle drills I have ever seen. I took a deep breath sat back and starting thinking with whom, how and where would I use it. Certainly with no one I have ever coached. This drill was obviously something he had grown up with and mastered as part of his whole routine. Therefore I filed it under very cool exercises in my library. For all you middle distance and distance coaches the current infatuation with GS- General Strength exercises and random medicine ball drills would fall under the same category. Why are you doing what you are doing when you are doing it? I see coaches finding another way to make to make the athlete tired rather than systematically addressing specific needs for the various distances. As I have implored you many times in this blog think, think think! It is always more than an exercise or a drill.

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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