Posts Tagged ‘basketball’

How To Take A Basketball Player From Intramural To All Star Performance: Part 1

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

This post will be a longer post……if you don’t want to get better and don’t give a s@*t if THIS happens to you…

My name is Freddy and I DIDN'T work on my performance

My name is Freddy and I DIDN'T work on my performance

Then DON’T read this!

How many basketball players out there are frustrated with their level of performance?

How many are sitting on the bench a lot more than they would like to?

Maybe it’s the fact that you’re getting blown by, dunked on and dominated on defense?

I’ve felt every one of the above!

I even gave myself the whole “must be the genetics” talk. But it was just a cop out!

A large part of my life was (and still is) dedicated to basketball. I played from as young as I can remember and started going to basketball schools as well as joining a junior team by  the time I was 11. From there I played through high school at the highest levels, got a college scholarship and started 4 years, the later on played professional ball in Europe, not to mention countless street ball tournaments and just cutting short of winning the Nike Battlegrounds Slovenia. I also played in the NBA Summer Pro League 5 years ago before completely dedicating myself to strength and conditioning. (more…)

More Strength, Power And Endurance In Less Time – Contrast!

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

We all like strength, power and endurance. If you don’t, you should mofo!

Most of you also like to get as much done in a short amount of time. At least I would hope so!

So if I said you can tweak your training just a little bit and get more strength, power and/or endurance in shorter training session, you’d listen.

Let me introduce contrast training.

The short and simple explanation of contrast training is…. Choose an exercise  (usually a compound exercise) that you will load heavy in the 3-8 rep range (for strength and power endurance we may go even higher) and follow it up with a an exercise that has the same movement pattern and similar rep ranges.

A very simple example would be a box squat followed by a box jump or a squat jump.

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I swear this is the only picture of a box squat I could find…

Not a regular box jump per se, but you get the point (more…)

How To Get Quicker, Faster and More Explosive On A Basketball Court

Monday, February 8th, 2010

I’m in my defensive stance driving the shooting guard to the left as it’s his weak side. My eye is on his waist so that I don’t lose focus of where his body is really going.  I take a step back in anticipation of his drive but none the less the guard hesitates and blows by me.

One of the most frustrating feelings you can have as a basketball player.

Or how about the one where you get shut down by a defender because you’re always getting beat to the spot?

When I had those things happen to me, my frustrations would drive me to train harder and stay after practice to play defense on the best scorers on the pro team (I was on the junior team at the time). It made me better on defense because I got better at reading the offensive players. But I didn’t get quicker and still couldn’t beat some of the players to the spot.

Still frustrated, it led me to reading and studying speed, agility and quickness training (and anything else that would improve it) from every resource I could get including going to Olympic track and field coaches and training with them. I believe that’s when my passion for training really begun (I had a purpose!), the first step to becoming a strength coach,  even though it would still be a long time before my basketball career ended. (more…)

No Rules Training and No Excuses

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Before I say anything let me give you a friendly word of advice, never drink a can of Spike energy drink after 8 p.m.! It’s been a long day and I’m up at 2 a.m. looking like a damn rave junkie that popped an e-pill. At the same time, if you are an entrepreneur it could become your best friend. (more…)