Minestrone Soup


Italian endurance coach Renato Canova in his talk at the Podium Education Project last Wednesday in ST Louis presented a great metaphor to illustrate the construction of a training program. He compared constructing a training program to making minestrone soup. The ingredients that are constant are the broth and the pasta; the ingredients that vary are the vegetables. You use different vegetables depending on the time of the year when they are ripe. Very simple, clear and effective, know the key constants in your training that must be there all the time. Introduce different elements and emphasis of training as the body adapts and is ready for them. It is not more complicated than that.
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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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