Newsletter #203

December 23, 2020

Today's Quote:  "The image of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, to the point of exhaustion - when no one else is watching."


Today's Theme:  Top 5 Mistakes Players Make When They Workout

By Paris Davis, lead instructor for One Up Basketball.

These are the top 5 mistakes I see players make while doing a workout.

1. Not Having A Workout Plan - the number one mistake players make is not having a plan. I see players in the gym shooting, and then getting on their phone for a while, and then shooting again and then back on the phone again... they have NO PLAN. They are wasting time and will see minimal improvement compared to players whohave a well designed workout.

It is not about the amount of time spent in the gym, but the quality of the time spent in the gym.

2. Not Training At Game Speed - one of the BIGGEST mistakes players make. Players will go through ball handling drills, shooting drills etc. with 50-75% effort, getting very little benefit. They may be doing more harm than good by forming the bad habits of not going at game speeds.

Players who workout HARD for 15 minutes will get more benefit than players who do drills ½ speed for 60 minutes! The more players can go game speed during their workout, the more quickly they will see a benefit to their performance during games.

3. Not Tracking Your Progress In Workouts - how do players know they are making progress? Players need to track their workouts. This doesn't simply mean to check off that they did workouts Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It means documenting specifics about each workout.

Players should track of the number of shots taken, and how many makes and misses they have during each drill. Having this data will provide motivation moving forward and will show that their hard work is paying off.

As players progress with tracking, they may document HOW they missed the shot (right, left, short, long). This will help hem to analyze their shot and begin fixing their misses and their game will improve more quickly.

4. Not Setting Goals - players need to set goals for workouts and should adjust them as they reach these goals. The more specific and realistic the goals, the better. Goals should not simply be how many times they get to the gym each week. Goals should also focus on the length of workouts and the number of shots or makes each workout.

Players should be realistic with their goals and make them attainable. As they progress, goals should be adjusted.

5. Not Diversifying Their Skill Portfolio - all players have a portfolio of skills they bring to the court. The more players can diversify these skills, the more valuable they are on the court, making themselves harder to guard.

Players can't go to the gym and only do ball handling without working on shooting. They don't want to become an amazing ball handler who can't shoot. Likewise players shouldn't go to the gym, take 400 catch and shoot jump shots and go home. Even if they become great at catch and shoot jump shots, they will become one dimensional and easy to guard.

The workout must incorporate a wide variety of skills, from ball handling to finishing moves to pull up jumps to catch and shoot and more. Too many workouts focus on one or two skills. Players need variety to become great all-around players with a very diversified skill portfolio.

See:  Top 5 Mistakes Basketball Players Make When They Workout

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