Measurable and Meaningful


In training to gauge progress we need to have landmarks, either tests or workouts that allow us to measure progress or lack of progress toward the training and competition goals. In my experience these measures are often arbitrary because they do not relate to the individual athlete or team that is doing the training. I know this is something I have experienced in the training process with programs I have administered. The challenge then is to make the measurable meaningful. In my experience the best way to make the measurable meaningful is to relate it to competition. After all isn’t the whole purpose of training to prepare for peak effort in the competitive arena? Sure it is important to have tests and progress indicators along the way, but those must be a means to an end and part of the big picture. Just because an athlete can jump X distance in a standing triple jump, throw Y distance in an overhead shot throw or bench Z amount does not necessarily indicate that they are ready to compete. To be meaningful these measures need to be placed in the context of the training year and the career. Once again it is not about chasing a number, it is putting all the pieces of the puzzle in place so the athlete can compete to the best of his or her ability.
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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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