Functional Path Training Principles


These are the principles that I use to guide me on journey on the Functional Path:

# 1 Have a current accurate road map – Start with a plan, execute it, and evaluate it constantly

# 2 Think big picture – Build and Rebuild the complete athlete

# 3 FUNDAMENTAL movement skills must be mastered before specific sport skills can be acquired and advanced training undertaken

# 4 Learn to use the ground – Build & rebuild the athlete from the ground up

# 5 Train the core as the center of the action

# 6 Train sport appropriate – You are what you train to be

# 7 Build a work capacity base appropriate for YOUR sport

# 8 Train Linkage – Connect toenails to fingernails

# 9 Think Long-Term – Training is cumulative

# 10 The individual athlete is the focus – Recognize, train and rehab the individual

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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