Finish It!


You have just had your athletes do a great workout. You have polished technical elements. The level of speed and explosiveness has been sky high. So now what? Of course you will now do a cooldown. Typically the athletes slog two laps for a cooldown. Think about it what you have just done. Neurally you have taken a giant step toward negating what you accomplished in the workout. I want my athletes to finish the workout with an exclamation point. I want them to finish the work feeling close to the way I want them to start the next workout. Use your imagination and creativity. Finish with mindful activities that will set them up mentally and physically for the next workout. This is a great place to put hurdle mobility, some light med ball work and off course flexibility work. This is where you do some dynamic balance. In team sports it would be a good time to play a small game that gets them moving in different ways than they moved in training. Use the time to make the athlete better and prepare for the next workout. Never miss an opportunity to improve your athletes.

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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