Making Training Stick – Simple Rules


Start with the basics and never stray far from the basics.

Don’t try to replicate the stress of the sport in training, instead prepare for the stress of the sport.

Have a plan, execute it and constantly evaluate the plan.

You must know the process in order to be able to focus on the process.

Coach the person not the athlete

Teach skills not drills.

Build on strengths and minimize weaknesses

Train fast to be fast. You are what you train to be.

Adaptation is not just about time; it is the timing of the appropriate training stimulus to achieve the desired training response.

You compete the way you train. Understand the demands of the sport and train to exceed those demands.

Don’t try to replicate the game in training, distort it.

Never allow equipment or facilities to dictate your training.

Injury prevention is a transparent part of the whole program, not a central focus.

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.
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