“Accidental Fitness”


“Accidental Fitness’ is a great concept articulated in a recent GAIN Coffee talk by University of Portland, Assistant Cross Country and Track Coach Jack Mullaney. Essentially “Accidental Fitness” is that small edge of fitness you get from general life activities, like walking to class, perhaps working in the yard or just moving meaningfully. Due to the pandemic he noticed that his athletes were not getting this. They were sitting more and moving less. Think about this, it does make a difference. I notice with the swimmers I am working with are complaining about sore necks from sitting in front of a computer for hours at a time. Something to be aware that can make a difference. Thanks, Jack, for this great concept.

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


Athletic Development Coach & Consultant. Founder of GAIN Network. Proud dad. Love to read everything.
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