Functional Path Training Rules


These are simple training rules that I use to guide me on the Functional Path to grow, develop and nurture adaptable athletes who understand the wisdom of their bodies and it’s ability to self organize and solve movement problems:

Have a Plan, Execute It, and Constantly Evaluate It

Build the Complete Athlete

  • All systems work together all the time
  • Train all components all the time

Observe Law of Reversibility – Use It or Lose It

Fundamental Movement Skills Before Specific Sport Skills

You Are What You Train To Be

Build & Rebuild the Athlete from the Ground Up

Train Postural Strength with the Core as the Center of the Action

To Be Fast You Must Train Fast

Build a Work Capacity Base Appropriate For Your Sport

Train Toe Nails To Fingernails

  • Train Movements not Muscles
  • Train Multi Joint & Multi Plane Movements

Training is Cumulative

Win the Workout

Remember Simplicity Yields Complexity

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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