Training Rhythm


Good sound training that result in positive training adaptations’ has a basic rhythm of work to rest. Bill Bowerman had a basic paradigm that he strictly followed, a hard day followed by an easy day. For many years I strictly followed that rhythm, and then I go smart and tried to find ways to push the envelope. I think that some of the results were more spectacular but overall more inconsistent. I have found myself over the past couple of years going back to that simple rhythm of hard day followed by an easy day. This allows steady progress because it allows time for the body to adapt and accumulate the positive stress of training. I see many programs that group too many hard days together and depend on therapy to pull them through in order to get to the next workout, this analogous to playing Russian roulette with six bullets in the chamber. I saw this day to day when I worked with the Oregon project, there was seldom an easy day, it was hard then harder. You break many to get results with a few. Training is about thriving not surviving. Training accumulates from week to week to week, month to month and year to year to year. You can’t hurry the process, make time your ally not your enemy.
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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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