Training Secrets


Are there training secrets? I think that is a fair question to ask when you see all the hype about the different training secrets available for exorbitant prices available for purchase. Honestly in my 39 years of coaching and a few more beyond that trying to be an athlete I have not found any secrets. What I have seen is that those who claim to have secrets are closed minded people who depend on hype and smoke and mirrors to convince people that they really know something that no one else does. It is even better if you claim to have the Russian or East German training secrets and you call everyone comrade. There are no secrets, training demands structure, progression, directed work that understands the interaction of the body, gravity and the ground. Here is the free “secret” model for reverse periodization (another meaningless term) Get Strong, Get Fast, Get Fit, Get Specific, Compete. You learned that right here free. What do you do with it, that is up to you, no secrets, I am not coaching the people you are coaching. One size does not fit all. Use your knowledge and creativity and run with it. The secret is that simplicity yields complexity.
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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.
Vern Gambetta


Athletic Development Coach & Consultant. Founder of GAIN Network. Proud dad. Love to read everything.
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