Don’t Lose the Compass


Sound training is a journey. Just like any journey it is important to know your destination. If you are unsure of how to get to your destination then it is important to find someone who has been there before to give you some guidance. To insure that you get there it important to have a good compass that is oriented to true north and have an up to date road map. It helps to know how much time you have to get there. Do you have to get there in a hurry or can you take your time and stop along the way to get some rest. Recognize that there are many ways to get the destination, it you do not have the compass oriented to true north then it will be a chaotic and confusing journey. The true north of training is training that is principle driven, not method or exercise driven. Magnetic north changes constantly. The magnetic north of training are fads and weird exercises that look interesting but do not advance you toward your destination. Don’t lose the compass if you want to get to the destination.
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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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