The Functional Path is a path that had been traveled many times before but had fallen out of use in favor of smoother paved roads that promised faster and easier results. Seeking to follow and better define the functional path is a continuing journey, fortunately it is a journey that many have traveled before. Functional Path training is getting back to the basics of movement. It is learning to tune into the body and it’s inherent wisdom to produce rhythmic flowing movement.
The mission of this program is to develop a cadre of experts to define the field of Athletic Development by educating professionals in foundational principles and methodology. Apprentorship = Apprenticeship + Mentorship, combines the features of both into a unique interactive blend of theory and practice in a five-day residential coaching school. This is an opportunity to observe, question, and explore the application of the Gambetta Method - Systematic Sport Development Model of training and injury rehabilitation.
I always get a good chuckle when I am asked what are my
favorite exercises and I answer I don’t have any. Why don’t I have any favorite
exercises, really it is quite simple. I have a big toolbox of exercises
accumulated over my years of coaching; I must know how to use each of those
tools appropriately as demanded by the needs of the athlete and the sport and
position. I have to be careful that I don’t go to my “favorite” because I like it but it may not fit the athlete or situation. I try to think about movements
that would appropriate. I want to look at pulling, pushing, squat & squat
derivatives, bending, hinging and bracing movements. Then I will begin to apply
exercises that will fit the movements and address the need of the athlete. In
other words I will put the horse before the cart to effectively train the
athlete. Exercise should never drive the program, movements should, and
exercises train movements.