A Means to an End


Strength training and for that matter all training is a means to an end- improved injury free performance in the competitive arena. Because of the emphasis on this area, I am going to focus on strength training. For over 40 years I have searched for the answer to the question of how much strength is enough. I am convinced now that there is no single answer. I now think of strength training as coordination training with appropriate resistance and assistance that will put us on the correct path to designing effective strength training programs that complement the other physical qualities and transfer to the competitive arena. Appropriate is a key word- Certainly appropriate for the event or position, definitely appropriate for the individual, the time of the year and the stage in a career. This is the opposite of chasing numbers in the weight room on specified lifts, it much more about quality of movement, rhythm, tempo and controlling their bodies, not to mention more mindfully challenging to the athlete. We should NEVER lose sight of the ultimate goal.
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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.
Vern Gambetta


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