Work or training


It is easy to do work, it is much harder to train. At first glace that may seem like a stupid statement. Aren’t they synonymous? No they are not. This is a trap that I see many people fall into, it is the activity trap. The attitude is that if I am doing something instead of nothing that I am improving my physical capacities. To differentiate between work and training is important. To improve any of the physical qualities demands focused and directed training. Training is work with a purpose, a specific goal in mind. In training there should a logical order and progression of exercises and drills. This order and progression should be apparent both intra workout and inter workout. When I watch workout of other coaches I am looking for connections and relationships throughout the training. This requires detailed planning, careful preparation for the training session and a above it demands that the coach be fully engaged in the workout. The coach has to make the connections so that the athlete can relate to them and internalize them.

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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