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This past weekend I attended a clinic where I learned that something that I have been doing for my 39 years of coaching is wrong! I learned that warm-up is now outdated and that I need to do movement prep instead. I learned that all warm-up does is raise the temperature of the body. Naturally I was taken aback. I am always open to new ideas and I continually challenge myself to learn and improve, but this was a bit much. Let’s get something straight, warm-up is warm-up, movement prep as I see it presented and executed is an implicit part of warm-up. You must warm-up in a systematic, sequential and progressive manner. In fact warm-up may be the most important aspect of the whole workout. It is your bridge from your everyday activities to the mental and physical rigors of the workout. Warm-up does not stand alone; it must match up and dovetail with the objective of the workout, it must be carefully choreographed and sequenced so that it seamlessly flows into the actual workout. Forget movement prep and warm-up, it has worked well for a long time.
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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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