Training Basics


Keep it basic. The complexity will come by combining foundational elements. Be targeted and focused. Never lose sight of the goal: to prepare the athlete to be taken to their physical, technical and psychological limits in the competitive arena. Training is a means to an end- nothing more, nothing less. Constantly apply this litmus test to your training: Is what I am doing in training nice to do or need to do? If it is not need to do don’t do it. From my experience nice to do activities make you tired and hurt, need to do makes you better and advances you progressively toward your training and competition goals.

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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