I am amazed at the mental pollution that is being propagated by the plethora of “Functional” gurus. Does it really matter if the muscles of the core prevent or enhance rotation? What is so innovative about chopping and lifting movements to train the core? Step back and watch, listen and feel. Try it yourself, get up and move and see how gravity affects your movements. The body is designed to bend, extend, twist, reach, walk, run jump and a myriad of combinations of movements. In training we must do everything possible to allow the body to work naturally to meet the demands of the sport the athlete is training for. The more I coach and the older I get the more I realize that it is really quite simple. Training is simply enhancing the interaction of the three movement constants the body, gravity and the ground. From that simplicity will come incredible complexity if you so desire, but the object is not to make it complicated. Unfortunately simplicity is not a very marketable quality. Simplicity does not sell much equipment, nor does it sell many book and videos. To be a guru it you have to make training complex so everyone has to come to you for the answer. I am amazed at how many people have not figured this out. Remember in the kingdom of the blind the one eyed man is king. Step back open both eyes and think!!!

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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