Training Mistakes – Part Two


Repetitious Exercises

This usually overloads one area or one component; the end result is a poor training response. I always say hunt with a rifle, not a shotgun.

Training to failure

This leads to failure. Each workout becomes an end unto itself and the athlete starts holding back anticipating the failure thus dulling the ultimate adaptive response.

Over reliance on one exercise or training method

This creates a one trick pony. Highly adapted instead of fully adaptable. You are what you train to be.

Reliance on a machine in training or a modality in rehab

You adapt to that environment, it is an artificial “safe” environment but not the environment you need to perform in. Sport performance occurs in an information rich dynamic environment.

Quick Fixes

There are none! I have learned that a quick fix is an easy come, easy go proposition.

Crash Programs

Crash programs eventually crash, probably sooner rather than later you can’t hurry the process. Adaptation takes time and the time frames for the various components are quite predictable.

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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