Some Tips to Optimize the Training Session


Have clearly defined goals and outcomes/expectations for the session. They should be specific, observable and measurable.

Make sure the session is aligned with the theme of the larger training block.

Design the session to account for individual differences.

Plan and execute a thorough and complete warm-up that is in alignment with the goals and objectives of the session. Warm-up should lead into the session.

Have a detailed plan including contingency plans if it does not go as planned.

Have all equipment ready and personnel assigned at least 15 minutes before the start of the session.

Have well thought out Reset (AKA Cooldown) that resets and readies the athletes up for the subsequent training session.

Use technology to complement what you are doing as a coach. Keep your eyes on the athlete not a computer screen.

Set the expectation for “PERFECT EFFORT” and demand it

Don’t just supervise the session – COACH IT!

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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