Adding an Exercise


I saw a real intriguing exercise the other day that got me thinking about the process I use to include an exercise in a training program. First I ask myself the following question: Is it want to do, nice to do or need to do? Want to do is not good enough. If it is want to do it goes in the want to do file for future reference. If it is nice or need to do then it must fit in the context of the sport. It must fit the athletes. It must have the ability to progress both into and out of the exercise. Then I ask myself does it replace an excise that is currently in the program? Is it a better more effective exercise? If it is not superior then I will not add it to the program. Over the years when I have forced an exercise into a program without following this criteria it has been either ineffective or a disaster. I know that over the life of this blog I periodically come back to context. The more I observe programs and evaluate my own work the more important context is to the development and implementation of an effective program.
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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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