Cut to the Chase


Focus clearly only on what needs to be done to get training results that translate in competition performance. This demands focus on the training tasks that are meaningful. Eliminate the nice to do activities that make you tired but don’t make you better. It is so trite to say but less is more. Find out what works and keep fine-tuning and tweaking that to achieve continual adaptation. Variety and variation for the sake of variety will lead to mixed results. Have a very specific objective for each workout. Everything in the workout should be in pursuit of that objective. At the end of the workout evaluate- was the objective achieved? if so why? If not why not? Adjust subsequent training accordingly. Always put the workout in context of the whole training plan, never lose sight of the cumulative effect of training. As I have said many times in this blog one workout cannot make an athlete, but one workout can break an athlete.

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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