Style or Substance


Just because you have a publicity machine behind you promoting your every move does not mean there is substance to the training. I am amazed at the naivete’ of the athletes and coaches who continue to follow the hype. One particular person and facility has become the “place” to be for high profile athletes to train. There is only one problem the athletes who go there do not get better, more often than not they get hurt! The poster boy for this facility has only played more than 62 games twice in the last five years. What are people thinking about. I live in a world where the proof is in the pudding. If I do not produce then I do not get paid. Fancy facilities and equipment do not make a program with substance. A program with substance takes time; it is not about quick fix off-season programs. It is about long-term commitment to training in a progressive and sequential manner. What looks good during a 15 second TV spot on ESPN is not necessarily good training.

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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