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Training For Life, While Not Training For Basketball

There we were, my wife and I, early this past Saturday morning getting in a workout at home. Unable to attend our regular CrossFit Endurance class and not ones to sit around a skip a workout I headed outside for a kettlebell workout while she stayed inside to nail some accessory work. All the while, there sat our daughters watching TV, playing with squishies and making bracelets while I sweated and grunted away through set after grueling set of lungesters¬† (a combination lunge thruster) and ring rows. At the age of 41 and my wife, 42 and with nothing to train for other than life and some serious Friday night games of cornhole, I couldn’t help but wonder how our hard work wasn’t rubbing off on our children in that moment. Seeing this as a teachable moment, I asked my oldest daughter about how often she has practiced basketball since the season’s end. With her travel team tryouts just two short week’s away, this seemed like a reasonable question despite already knowing the answer. Needless to say, she didn’t like the question and responded with a, “Dad, stop. You’re so annoying.” Like I always say, if you don’t like the questions, then maybe it’s time to change your reality. Fact was that it was quite nice out and she could have been outside working on her ball handling or conditioning but in that moment despite having two parents right in front of her crushing a workout, that thought never crossed her mind.

Training for Basketball Only When it’s Relevant

If I am being honest, I am not surprised. As a basketball trainer in New Jersey, I have worked with players of all levels on basketball skill development and basketball performance training for the better part of 15 years. While there are some exceptions, many basketball players only work on their game when it is relevant. That is to say, they practice around tryouts, while in season, when they go to camp, etc. This is all well and good, and maybe their goals in basketball dictate this, in which case, they have to adjust their expectations as a player to accommodate for what could result in disappointment. Fact is, being a great basketball player, starting for your high school basketball team and potentially earning a college basketball scholarship takes work. A lot of work. It takes training with a basketball trainer like myself to hone your basketball skills. Then, it takes putting in countless hours of skill development on your own time. That might mean you have to make a few less bracelets or not binge watch your favorite show on Netflix, but those are the sacrifices that need to be made in order to earn success on the basketball court.

Will You Choose to Improve?

That afternoon, on our ride home from spending time with my mom for Mother’s Day, I turned to my oldest daughter and asked if she wanted to ride down to the park and practice basketball with me when we got home. Nearing 6 pm on a Saturday, I did not anticipate a positive response. However, to my surprise and to her credit, she jumped at the opportunity. Did she learn her lesson? Only time will tell but with the summer months rapidly approaching she and every other basketball player in NJ will have ample opportunities to improve their game. Will you sit around idly and watch time fly by or will you put in work and develop your game? The choice is yours.


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