It’s More Than an Exercise


What will be the latest and greatest “new” exercise? I really can’t wait to see. It really is more than an exercise. Over the past 15 years there has been a plethora of so called new exercises. To evaluate an exercise it is necessary to understand the goal that you are trying to accomplish with the exercise. What time of the training year will the exercise be used? How ill it be used? Will it be used to develop power, strength, to enhance a technical consideration? If it is a strength training exercise is it multi joint and multi plane? Does it do a better job than an exercise I am already using? I have found over the years that I am actually using less exercises rather than more exercises. I think (hope) this has come because of better understanding of the goals of training. What I am doing is using derivatives and variations of key exercises. The crux of all of this is a quote from Dr Roger Enoka “The function of a muscle depends critically on the context in which it is activated.” Get beyond the exercise, think big picture.

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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