Random Thoughts on Training to Wrap Up 2016

  • Volume is not a biomotor quality. Anyone can do more; the path to success is doing it better.
  • Train speed in – It is precious. Very easy to compromise by speed by doing too much
  • Strength as a motor quality is easy to develop and even easier to stabilize (Maintain)
  • Consistent work is more important than an occasional spectacular workout
  • Train to your strengths and minimize the weaknesses
  • So-called “Reactive Agility” is best trained within the context of the actual technical and tactical sport practice. Coaches pointing to cones and flashing lights do not get it done.
  • The majority of “Programmed Agility” is actually injury prevention (working on force reduction ability) and rehearsal of complex movements in a controlled rather than chaotic environment
  • Use drills selectively, specifically and sparingly. Drills do not equal skills
  • Understand and apply the distinction between General, Special and Specific Strength
  • Injury prevention work should be a transparent part the regular training sessions.
  • Recovery is important but first you have to do enough work to warrant recovery
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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