Clueless in Sarasota


When is it good to be clueless? Or is it good to be clueless? Maybe being oblivious is a better option? The more I see on the Internet and read unedited, unreviewed “stuff’ the more I think it is good to be a bit clueless. If being clued in means cluttering my brain with a plethora of mindless information that focuses on trivialization of training then I prefer to be clueless. How can anyone filter the massive volume of information that is being produced by the day, hour and minute? You cannot unless you have a context for your search for knowledge. Context is king. You must have a historical context and a knowledge base in classical training and sport science literature as a firm foundation. I choose to remain clueless in my little world by expanding my knowledge with a plan and a direction. I had someone ask me if I read a certain blog or subscribed to a certain pay for play site. My answer was quite direct and succinct- Not interested in infomercials and promotion of a new DVD. Colleagues are forever sending me clips from Floswimming and Flowtrack, I look at them and chuckle. Guy Drut did that in 1976 in preparation for Montreal, I have it on a VHS video. (Quick go to Wikipedia and look up Guy Drut if you are under thirty) All those hurdle drills you guys are doing, I have a VHS of a Russian Middle distance runner doing all those drills, given to me by a Canadian coach about twenty three years ago. I don’t watch flow anything, because it smacks of flow crap, just a bunch of exercises that will make you tired but not necessarily better. Same with some of the debates I see- Does it really matter if it is inner core or outer core? Lets get real. At age 63 and after 41 years of coaching I am more motivated to learn than at anytime in my life, but I know I must separate the noise from the music, the wheat from the chaff. I am confident in what I do know and equally confident in what do not know. My mind, my eyes and my ears are open. There are only so many bytes free so I want to focus on quality, need to know information to improve my knowledge, I choose to remain clueless with a childlike curiosity in my pursuit of excellence.

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.
Vern Gambetta


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