One Size Fits All


I have a friend who is 5’8″ and weighs 165 pounds, I am 5’11” and 195 we cannot wear the same size clothing. That should be obvious, then why do we do that with training. We take one training program and use it as a universal prescription, in other words we make one size fit all. It does not work. It may be convenient to use with a large group but because it is convenient does not make it correct. The challenge is always to make the training fit the athlete and the demands of the sport not to make the athlete fit to the training. Sometimes to achieve that requires only subtle changes and other times it is major changes. It is important to never lose sight of the objective of the training- to get each athlete ready to perform at their best in competition on the appointed day at the appointed time. To do that we must train adaptable athletes not athletes who are adapted to one method of training. One size never fits all.

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


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