Fitness and Health

God and Basketball. Faith?

Having faith in God for what your heart desires is a key factor to achieving those desires. Most athletes want to be great at their respective sports, but often miss out on their blessing because of a pessimistic state of mind. God wants you to be great and to achieve great things in life. To receive those things, we must keep an optimistic frame of mind at all times. That’s not to say you won’t ever become discouraged or challenged, because at times you will be tested. Even during challenging times, we must know that God has our back and our best interest at heart.

Back in 2005 I was a freshman in college playing basketball for McNeese State University. I hardly got any playing time my freshman year and I became very discouraged about my future as a basketball player. I often complained about not getting playing time and being treated unfairly by my coach. The truth is that we had upper class men who at that time were just better than me. I was still skinny and built like a high school player and they were older, strong, and a year away from graduating college. However, back then with a freshman’s logic I didn’t realize that nor did I care. Moving along, I eventually stopped with the complaining and began putting more effort and work into my faith in God and basketball. I decided to let God work and fight my battles for me putting all my trust in him. I thanked him for the plans and work he had already begun to make happen in my life. Once I adopted this frame of mind I could see him slowly working in my life. In addition, I also worked hard at my craft. I was 185 lbs. at the end of my freshman season. When I came back at the start of my sophomore year I was 215 lbs. I went from playing a total of 41 minutes the entire season as a freshman to 35 minutes a game and starting as a sophomore. Talking about a total turn around. I was on the verge of wanting to quite or even transfer to a different school just a year ago and now God had totally turned everything around in my basketball life. That season taught me a lot not only about basketball, but about having faith in God.

In conclusion, since that sophomore season I’ve had plenty of challenges in life on and off the court. I won’t get into any details, but I will say having strong faith and trust in God has got me where I’m at today!

 

John A Pichon

Motivational Workout

Hi everyone,

This is just a short video from my Instagram page intended to create motivation for others to workout and live a healthier lifestyle. For more video’s check out my Instagram page @coach_johnp

 

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The Life and Times of a Hooper

The Life and Times of a Hooper

(The Hoopers Sacrifice)

It starts at a young age wanting to be the best basketball player you can be and idolizing the greats that you watched on television growing up. Players like Magic, Penny, Jordan, Kobe, & Bird.
Going to the gym early before practice and staying after to improve your game in order to reach your greatest potential is the bare minimum of the hoopers sacrifice . Those of us who make it on to play college basketball are blessed beyond measure. Not every hard working and dedicated athlete always gets the opportunity to play college ball so remain humble and work hard. Moving along, being a college athlete is a huge commitment and sacrifice. You can’t always go out partying with our friends and live a normal college life. You have to give a lot of time to the game of basketball if you want to be better than the average player.

A Typical Schedule for an college basketball player:

6:00-6:45 a.m – Individual workouts

8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. – Class

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m Weights

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Film session

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Practice

Also, don’t forget to get your study hall hours for the week.

Not only do you have busy schedule with basketball, but you also have to make the grades in order to play. This means after your busy schedule you have to complete all of your assignments, study for test, write papers, etc. Once the actual season starts you are faced with another challenge of missing school because of road games. It’s up to you to communicate with your professors in order to get your assignments to have your work completed by the next class session. Being a student athlete is a full-time job that can certainly benefit you if you stay focused and put in the work. There is always somebody working just as hard as you ready to take your spot so stay focused and grind!

After college the chances of playing basketball on a professional level is even slimmer. At this point your know what it means to work hard and what it takes to remain on a roster. For lots of players the next destination is overseas if you don’t make it to the NBA. I was one of those players who lived the overseas life of basketball. I retired early to pursue other endeavors, but that’s another story. Moving along, you have to be mentally strong and really be on top of your game to play basketball professionally overseas. Living in a foreign country by yourself can be mentally and physically tough. I’ve heard this from a few overseas hoopers that I’ve conversed with. I’ve also slightly experienced this myself in my first season in Europe, Finland. I read an article in which Josh Childress was interviewed and he spoke about how he had 8 hour bus rides for games, small hotels, and he basically had to do his own treatment and recovery. If that has happened to him being in one of the top leagues in Europe I know guys on lower level teams have experienced the same issues. I was fortunate to not have to deal with those issues while playing in Australia. Regardless of one’s situation, there is always somebody in good physical shape waiting to get a call to go play ball overseas. That is why I have always remained grateful and worked hard during my tenure as a basketball player.

The life and times of a hooper is unique to each individual baller, but there are always many common factors. Although I didn’t touch on each and every aspect of a hooper, I’m hooping this blog sheds some light on the lifestyle of basketballers.

John A Pichon
Instagram: coach_johnp

Back when I played overseas

Working Out To Cope With Stress

There are so many things that go on in life that can cause us stress. Things such as finances,relationships,marriage,school,work,etc. Working out in my opinion is a key ingredient to living a less stressful life. Sometimes going to the gym is the only place in life that we can have peace of mind and to be alone. It also allows you to releve stress on a day to day basis while improving your overall health. Being physically active is very important and is something that should be maintained through out our life. If you are physically active and keeping up with your health it can potentially take care of some of life’s stressful times. I mean, you have to be in good health in order to work and take care of finances right ? In addition, all stressors aren’t totally bad. Some people have a very happy and satisfying lives. They are are just very busy and don’t have any free time to themselves. Having that 1 hour to workout is the only free time that some people have in a day. If you are choosing that time to workout I commend you. That means that you take your health seriously and long jevity is important to you. Working out is also therapeutic. Some people like being physically active for the enjoyment of it. If you can get to that point it will make working out a whole lot easier. I personally try to workout as often as possible. It  does my body good mentally and physically. Moving along, there is also ways for you to be physically active if the gym just isn’t your thing. You can join an athlete team. For example, I enjoy playing men’s league basketball for adults. There is also all sorts of different types of dance classes that you can be a part of if traditional exercise doesn’t suite you. Lastly, if you are looking for a way to become healthier and releve stress, exercises would be a perfect tool to utilize. 

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