2011 USTFCCCA Convention, San Antonio


Today I travel to San Antonio to attend and speak at the Track & Cross Country coach’s convention. I look forward to this each year as a chance to get back to my roots in Track & Field, learn from the best and catch up with old friends. I am privileged to do two presentations to my peers. This means a lot to me because of the level of coaches I will be presenting to and the pure nature of the sport- RUN/JUMP/THROW. Preparing for these talks reminded me again of how much I owe to the sport of Track & Field and the coaches in that sport who encouraged and mentored me. It also reminds me of the great people that I have been fortunate to coach in that sport, some of whom were great performers, but most of all were great people. That is what I cherish more each year. The performances pale into insignificance, but the memories of the athlete’s as people is what lasts.

My first talk is Monday afternoon; the topic is Strength Training for the Middle Distance & Distance Runner. I will talk more about that in another post. My second talk on Tuesday is on Designing & Implementing Effective Workouts. I am going to focus on the things I have seen over the years that are the common pitfalls/errors that stand in the way of an effective workout. Here are the five areas I will present on:

  1. Too Much- Escaping the volume loading trap
  2. Too Soon- Understanding progression and the accumulation of training
  3. Getting Ready- Proper warm-up & preparation for the training session and competition
  4. Getting Strong- Understanding and training the spectrum strength demands of each event
  5. Planning- Shifting the focus to the microcycle and the training session
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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