Training Sense and Nonsense


Each training session is a means to an end not an end unto itself. The goal of training is build and grow the athletes capabilities not to bury the athlete in every workout. There are a plethora of commercial programs (well hyped and marketed) built on a “boot camp” mentality that would lead you to believe that training was about putting you over the edge in every session. Training is not about puking, extreme soreness, or ending up in the hospital on a kidney dialysis machine as a badge of honor. It is not a series of random illogical exercises designed to get you tired. This is the nonsense of training, it borders on abuse. A general prescription for exercise where one size fits is a formula for failure and injury. Before you get trapped into this nonsense take a step back and logically review your goals and aspirations. Remind yourself what training is and is not. Use training as a means to an end. Training accumulates, it is more than a series of series of exercises it is a systematic approach to blending all elements of performance in a logical system designed to get the athlete to competition fit, fast, strong, explosive and technically proficient ready to thrive in the competitive enviorment.

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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