Work Versus Training


Work is hard and the harder the work the better the work is. No, absolutely wrong – STOP – that is not training. That approach will work for a while before the inevitable crash occurs. Certainly training is work, but the key distinction is that training is work with a specific direction and purpose. Sometimes training is very hard and other times it is very easy. This variation is necessary to allow the body to adapt to the stress of training. In training there are no quick fixes, adaptation takes time and not all physical qualities adapt at the same rate. Training is mindful and meaningful. It involves progression from easy to hard and simple to complex. It also involves a sensible application of work that is appropriate for the developmental age and training age of the athletes. The goal of training is the development of an adaptable athlete that is thoroughly prepared for the chaos of the competitive arena. Work on the other hand is an end to itself. Training is a means to an end. In summary I am reminded of the words of a popular country western song from my college days: “Work your fingers to the bone. What do you get? Boney fingers.”

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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