Vern Gambetta, on the pool deck in Portland, Oregon talks about strength and power training, periodisation and timing of dry land training for swimming.
We cover ‘go to’ exercises, the role of multi chain single arm symmetry lifts, the need to prepare to swim, not swim to prepare and also touch on the performance benefits of rate of force development in starts and turns alongside the timing of training sessions.
A founding father of athletic development, movement skills and coaching of multi sport athletes for over 40 years he is the go-to guy for me on coaching. Vern could be described as the ‘Coaches Coach’. A physical educationalist and teacher at heart he has been strength and conditioning coach for professional sports from baseball to soccer, swimming to track and field. Currently working with multiple cross code athletes and swim teams his view are always stimulating.