Workout of the Day


During my seminar this past weekend one of the physical therapists asked me if I looked the workout of the day posted by a popular workout group. I said I did not and I went on to explain that it is more than a workout or an exercise. One workout cannot make an athlete but one workout can break an athlete. Once again it is about context. What is the goal of the workout? Whom is the workout intended for? What is the phase of training? For example here is a workout:

  1. KB Swing 3 x 8 Two Arm
  2. Box SLS 3 x 6 (Seated)
  3. High Pull 5 x 5 (go up in weight)
  4. Leg Circuit Plus x 4 (With Sandbag)
  5. SB Squat x 10
  6. SB Lunge x 5 each leg
  7. SB Step-up x 5 each leg
  8. Jump Squat x 10
  9. Hurdle Under x 1 each side
  10. Giant Set x 3
    • Ring Pull-up x 6
    • Vasa X 12
    • Pulldown X 8
  11. Ring Core
  12. Superman 2 x 10
  13. Breaststroke 2 x 10

Is that good workout or a bad workout? It really depends on the context in which it is applied. In some respect this workout of the day idea reminds of George Carlins comedy routine where he read the baseball scores. 4 -1, 3-2, 5-0, those are all baseball scores but without the context of team names and location they are random numbers. As far as I am concerned without context a workout of the day is just stuff. Why are you doing what you are doing? When are you doing it? How are you doing it?
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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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