Fit For What?


Are you fit for the sport or fit for the test? I learned a long time ago that are what you train to be. I know I want the athletes that I coach to be prepared for the game or match not some arbitrary fitness test that gives a meaningless measure that has no relation to the game. I don’t want to hear that it tests mental toughness that is pure bunk. I want them completely prepared for the demands of the sport, completely adaptable not adapted to some artificial measure. Training must be sport appropriate so testing must be sport appropriate. Training time is precious so use it wisely with mindful training methods that are meaningful, transfer to performance and make the athletes better not just tired. Remember Testing =Training and Training = Testing so each drill, each exercise, for that matter each training session is an opportunity to evaluate the athletes and teams progress to achievement of their goals. No need to have some magic “fitness’ test that supposedly indicates their fitness to play. Be confident in your ability to prepare the athlete and get it done.

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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