Do you believe in ______ (Fill in the blank)? Do you use kettlebells? Do you do Olympic lifts? Do you squat? Do you static stretch? Do you periodize your training? Do you lift heavy? And on and on- you get the gist of this. The answer to all of the above is a succinct yes. I do all of the above and more. Those are all attempts to label and pigeon hole someone into one camp or another. As far as I am concerned all methods and modes of training are on the table. The key to all of this is do you know why you do what you do when you do it and with whom. Knowing why you choose to use a particular method is essential, it so much more than blindly following some ideology or school of thought. Good coaching demands an eclectic approach. You choose methods that fit your system and adapt and blend accordingly. This is why I think it is so important to be a generalist so that you can have a firm grasp on the bigger picture and how it all fits together. Effective training is so much more that an exercise, a method or a mode of training. My own system is a careful blending of many varied influences that have evolved over the years. I have made the mistake of getting locked into one method or selection of exercises; the result was stagnation not adaptation. Don’t allow yourself to be pigeon holed. Just as you want your athletes to be adaptable you also must be adaptable. Know why, how and when to use different training methods that fit the athlete and sport you are working with.

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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