Learning (or re-learning) How To Think

16 01 2012

You Can’t Think and Shoot

18 12 2011

I read a Yogi Berra quote in a book about Zen that I love,

“You Can’t Think and Hit at the Same Time.”

As soon as I read it I thought you could apply that shooting easily,

You Can’t Think and Shoot at the Same Time.

When you first learning how to shoot you will need to think about what you are doing and how you are doing it in order to master your form (Brain McCormick talks about some of the science behind this in “180 Degree Shooter”).  But after that initial stage, to shoot and shoot well you can not think while you do it.  Great shooters can go to totally different level of consciousness when they shoot or play, one way beyond thinking.  At its best, being a shooter is a feeling and a state of being not just an action.

Beginners Lift for Youth Basketball Players

4 12 2011

Here’s what one of my athletes did today.  It’s a beginner’s lift: basic, simple, but complete.  Great for youth athletes new to the weight room.


Single Leg Dead Lift (2 DBS) 2*8

One Arm DB Row (DB) 2*8

Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat (Body Weight) 2*8

One Arm Bench Press (DB) 2*8

Front Plank 2* 30 seconds


Tabata Style Intervals (20s on, 10s off) on the Rowing Erg, One round of 4 minutes

WHY the ROWING ERG?  The posterior demand of the erg is a great counter to the anteriorly dominated basketball player.

Recovery Pyramid

3 12 2011

Here’s a very informal video I made for Sefu Bernard this summer about recovery.  I wanted to share it this week because its content is particularly relevant in the first weeks of official practices.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Mini Band Jumps – 2 Foot Landings

3 12 2011

Mike Boyle says that injury prevention (particularly ACL) is just good training, I agree.  So this is good training that will build stronger healthier knees, and help prevent ACL tears.

“Struggling to find a role on the team”

2 12 2011

An athlete approached me recently saying that they were struggling to find their role on their team.  While I knew exactly where she was coming from because I felt that way at points in my career, as I thought more about the concern being raised I felt like it was less about not finding a role but rather about being dissatisfied with the one she has.

So if then the athlete’s concern is that they don’t feel satisfied with their role, specifically how it feels on a daily basis.  Sometimes we think we want external things but we want them because of how we think they’ll make us feel, right?  So it is about how we feel, not the detials of what is or isn’t happening…that is a whole blog in and of itself…so back to the point here, that role and the feelings with it are a result of a combination of controllable and uncontrollable factors.  In light of the wisdom of focusing on what we can control,  here’s a few ways that I think any player could find more satisfaction in their role today.

1. “Anyone can encourage“, I have heard Dena Evans say this a million times and it is so true.  One of the best ways to find satisfaction in basketball (or life) is the feeling of being a team; investing in others, finding a greater good to drive you, and being a positive force in the lives of other around you.  If you are encouraging others your value to your team rises significantly and its hard to have a bad day when you’re smiling, cheering, and giving high fives.  If you only sit while you sit on the bench you just keep sitting there.

2. Focus on good things.  “What we think about we bring about”, your thoughts are driving your attention.  If you are focusing on bad things you should expect to feel bad.  But if you find some good things to focus on, even if there are only a few you can come up with you will shift your mindset.

3. Savor your joys.  It’s easy to dwell on failures and in doing so we relive them, sometimes over and over again.  But do you do that to your successes?  You dwell on them?  Savor the good stuff too!  I work with shooters often who I see get down after one miss yet show not a shred of joy after five makes in a row, that makes no sense!  If you can learn to have the joys command more attention then the failures you are set up for more satisfaction on the court and off it.

Speed and Power Circuits

23 11 2011

Here’s two speed and power circuits I send as homework with my players.  They are really simple.  There are two keys to speed and power training.  One, it should happen early in the workout, ideally just after a warm up.  Two, the work to rest ratio should be close to 1:6 so that each repetition occurs at maximum intensity.  If you try to do this to quickly fatigue sets in and limits the intensity which compromises power development.



Foam Rolling Check List

22 11 2011

Foam Rolling is the best five minutes a day  an athlete can spend!  Here’s a check list to take to the gym with you to make sure you hit everything.

Foam Roller Check List

Tennis Ball Warm Up

22 11 2011

Below is a PDF of a warm up that my athletes really enjoy.  All you need is about 20 yards, a partner, and tennis ball.  It combines both lateral and linear movement patterns, visual tracking, hand eye coordination, and, best of all, fun.



3-Day Lift for Ballers

17 11 2011

Adam’s Workout 3 Day Lift

Adam’s 3 Day Lift (Part Two)

These are two lifts that I designed for Adam Harrington (former NBA player with Aspire Basketball, good friend:).  He is in incredible shape so these are advanced workouts.  If you think you’re in great shape and you understand the lift then go for it but don’t attempt these lightly.