Ramblings and Rumblings


The following are just some random thoughts stimulated by conversations, things I have done and reading over the past several weeks.

Sometimes I look at training programs and I have to ask- What exactly are they trying to do? I saw a training program the other day that had so much “stuff” in it I could not tell what the purpose of the workout was. Have a focus and direction, you can’t get it all done in one workout. Training is a process that demands time.

Where do you get your ideas? Have you studied the history of your sport? You can’t understand and take full advantage of the present if you don’t have a perspective gained from the past. Very little in training is new.

From the book Superfreakonomics:

“…rely on accumulated data rather than individual anecdotes, glaring anomalies, personal opinions, emotional outbursts, and moral learning.” P 16

“But to change the world, you first have to understand it.” P. 16

Part of a good training program is teaching the athlete how to compete.

Evaluation should be the core of decision-making. That being said you must have criteria for evaluation.

If you could start your program own scratch how would you do it? What would you do?

Look at process not just outcomes. How did you get the result?

From Jim Liston of CATZ

Do It
Know It
Want It
Be It
Live It

Coaching is a profession, so be professional in everything you do and say!
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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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