Mindless Training


Two days this week I watched a football team finish their weight workout with 15 to 20 minute of “Abs” all on the ground, just counting out reps, no coaching, no concentration, no intensity! Mindless work is not training. To quote a grizzled old football coach “when I see players lying around on the ground or sitting they are not training for the game.” Last time I checked the game is played on your feet, if you are on the ground you are beat! Last week at the GAIN Apprentorship Jim Radcliffe presented on the Oregon Football training program from A to Z. It was awesome, systematic sequential and progressive. The only drills done on the ground were drills to teach you to get up quickly. The proof is in the pudding. Train with a purpose, make it game like with intensity, concentration and effort.

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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