Training method evaluation

I have been getting many questions asking my opinion about various training methods that are being discussed online. Rather than comment specifically on each I will respond in a generic manner to help everyone develop their own universal filter.

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Perspectives on leadership

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to develop professionally. Join us for the January GAIN Master Class. This month topic is “Perspectives on Leadership.” The presenters will me, Martin Bingisser, Paul Davis of the Atlanta Braves and Brian Fitzgerald of Ventura college. Each will present a unique perspective on leadership with an emphasis on lessons they have learned and concepts you can apply to improve your leadership.

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What is your lens?


What is your lens? Each of us has a preferred lens to view an exercise, a specific movement or to evaluate a training method. Our preferred lens will bias our interpretation of what we see. For example, when I look at running, I immediately default to look at certain aspects of the stride. Over the years I have had to train myself to recognize this and to have an adjustable lens that is adaptable.

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Two decades into the new millennium . . . what’s going on?

WARNING – This is not about sports or training. Although it is important to remember that sport does not exist independent of society. If you are looking for a challenge, an opportunity to change your life and the lives of others then read this post. If you want to read another pollyanna post on how the worst is behind us and we will have a happy new year, then stop – don’t read this. I want to challenge you, like I am challenging myself to help make the world a better place by recognizing and acknowledging what must be changed NOW. Not ten years from now, but NOW!

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Vern Gambetta’s top books of 2020

2020 has been a good year for reading. I wanted to keep my top book selection to ten but ended up with twenty. It was just too hard to select. I love to read. My reading is fairly eclectic certainly venturing far outside of sport and training. This past year I read 137 books. I never set out to read a certain number, in fact I don’t count then number until after Christmas. I ranked the first ten after careful thought, numbers eleven to twenty are in random order. I will probably do a podcast or something on social media to talk about each of the books.

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Figuring it out

From the time I was a kid I have been curious, always trying to figure things out. My first recollection of figuring things out may in retrospect have set me on the path to being a coach. In 1954 I was seven years old. My parents allowed me to go to the California theater in Santa Barbara. I had to collect enough bottles to pay my own way. Admission was fifteen cents. I would get two cents a bottle, so sometimes it took a bit of time to collect enough bottles.

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Words of wisdom and inspiration from the two Bobs

Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, two great social philosophers and poets of the Twentieth century always inspire me with their words of wisdom. These two verses that I heard during my morning walk got my day moving ion the right direction.

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Living and learning: keeping score

I personally have found that keeping score of my life to be helpful. Don’t get me wrong I am not obsessive with this, rather I see it as a tool for occasional use to renew, reset and refocus. How do I keep score? Pretty simple, I use the same performance standards that I was graded when I was playing football in college, probably one of the few positive things I got from that experience.

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Looking back to gain perspective

I started coaching and teaching in 1969. It was a different era. All my coaches & the coaches I coached with early in my career were part of the so-called “Greatest Generation.”  They had fought in WWII or the Korean War. I am more appreciate of what they did and taught me now more than ever.

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Coaching is . . .

Coaching is . . .

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