Functional Path Training – A few Thoughts

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What seems to be emerging more and more for me as I gain experience coaching and I watch and evaluate training everywhere I go is that so much of what is done is “mindless.” It is just work, the athletes seem to just go through the motions, they are not engaged. I really think that is why a balanced approach to training that created athletes that are adaptable is the way to go. If I just sprint or I just spend time in the weight room then I will become adapted to those environments and fully adaptable to the demands of the competition that I am preparing them for. Folks we need to challenge the athletes mentally and physically to get better. You can’t just do workouts, you must be in the workout to give yourself a chance to achieve excellence.
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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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