Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Weight Room Hero but On-Court Zero

Hello Everyone!

I often warn athletes to be careful of being a weight room hero, but an on-court zero!

It is easy for athletes to get caught up in the process and forget the reason for why they are doing what they are doing. This is especially true for working out in the weight room. The number one reason why athletes should be training in a weight room is to enhance their performance on the court. Period. End of story.
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Getting big muscles, moving big amounts of weight, and setting school records in the weight room mean nothing to an athlete if their training doesn't produce better performance in their sport. Yet, I often see athletes consumed with lifting as much weight as the other people in the weight room or how their muscles look. Neither of which gain an athlete any more playing time.

Sure a by-product of working out may be bigger muscles and the ability to move more weight (hence the science of exercise), but those are not the goal of the weight room for an athlete. We all have seen that big athlete who can move mountains in the weight room only to see them riding the bench because they can't perform on the court.
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Athletes have to remember that sports like basketball are all about power and:
POWER is How Fast You Can Move Your Strength

Make sure your training in the weight room (and on-the-court like I explained here & here) produces the number one goal for an athlete TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE. Don't be a weight room hero, but on-court zero!

Keep Training!
Coach Amanda Kephart

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