More than an exercise


Seldom will a training method or an exercise stand alone. An exercise or a training method only becomes effective when combined with other methods or exercises to produce a synergistic training effect. An example would be plyometrics. It is a good training method that will quickly reach its limitations unless carefully blended with strength balance and mobility. When looking at an exercise or a method always ask:

  • How does it fit with the overall training program?
  • Where does it fit?
  • Why does it fit?

The goal is to think globally and contextually with a clear vision of the desired end result. It is part of a system. A system is characterized by a predetermined relationship among all components of training. Each individual component has it’s own function, but most importantly each component has a profound effect on all other components. That in context of the system is why it is more than an exercise.

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.
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