Thinking About Strength


In athlete development, with the obvious exception of the preparation of a weight lifter or a power lifter, strength training should be a means to an end. At times it will be the absolute focal point of training and at other times it will play a subservient role. It is important to be constantly aware of where it fits and how it supports and interacts with other training components. In order to see things differently it is imperative to broaden the focus and be constantly aware of the concept of the spectrum approach to strength training. The spectrum encompasses a range from very heavy and slow movements to light fast ballistic movements. As the athlete moves through the spectrum the goal is strength that the athlete can use, strength they can apply to their respective sport. It takes at least .6 of a second to generate maximum strength. Most sport performance takes place in less that .3 of a second. The main goal is to reconcile the difference. Sometimes this is very measurable in terms of pounds lifted, number of reps, etc.; at other times it will manifest itself in less tangible ways. In order to develop appropriate applicable strength requires a vigilant approach so one does not get caught up in one method. It requires a thorough understanding of the demands of the sport from strength and power perspective, the pattern of injuries and the qualities of the individual athlete.

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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