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What Are Trainers & Coaches Looking For in Their Clients & Athletes ? 

In this article I interviewed a number of  trainers and coaches from various levels. We conversed about what their expectations are for their athletes and how they can help them obtain higher physical activity success. I won’t spend a plethora of time elaborating on this blog, but will let you peruse through this composition. 

* The content below has been copied and paste from trainers & coaches I’m connected to in heterogenous ways*

1. Darrell Polee

I’m possible training (Certified Trainer)

William Jessup university (Current Collegiate Athlete)

What I look for when I train players is focus, effort, and positivity. Players that don’t get hung up on the last miss and are able to get to the next rep are those who turn out great. That is what I look for in a player. 

2. Ronald Dorsey

RD Hoop Source Academy LLC
(www.rdhoopsource.com)

Instagram: @rdhoopsource

Dedication and Consistency is what I look for in my clients. 

3. Ryan Hensley 
 

Whitney High School (Coach)

Instagram: @ryanghensley 

Besides overall ability, the most important thing I look for is attitude. Are they coachable? Do they play hard? Coaches play the kids they trust to do the right thing under pressure. Players who have great ability, a great attitude, that are coachable, and play hard. They are the ones that coaches trust under pressure. Those are the ones that play. 

4. Preston David

 McNeese State (Coach)

Instagram: diddyAKAdeezy

Work ethic is huge, I want a guy that is going to forget all of the outside distractions and just come to work and get the job done with no questions asked. 

5. Shae McNamara

Diamond State Of Mind LLC, 

Instagram: @BigDyman

As a Peak Performance and Mindset Coach, I am only work with individuals and teams that are going to honest with themselves, open to growth and willing to confront what is needed for their development while they’re on their path to brilliance. 

6. Fernandez Lockett 

 Madison Elite Basketball Academy 

 Instagram:  Madison_Elite 

 I look for the player’s determination, will, and effort to get better. As I challenge the player, I see if they accept the challenge and push themselves past their comfort zone. Focusing on the fundamentals of the game, I make sure the player’s understand the “why” within in the process. #LetsGetBetter

7. Marcus Kirkland 

Striveaboveothers 

AAU team Trill 

Instagram: @striveaboveothers

It’s more than basketball. Keeping kids out of trouble. Keeping kids motivated to play in college or go to college is the goal

8. Brent Alfred

1500° Fitness
Instagram: @brentalfredfitness
Instagram: @1500degreesfitness

What I look for most in all of my clients is the desire for change. I can do a great deal for someone but I can’t actually do the work for them. The clients who have the most progress is the ones who are most ready for a change in their lives.

9. Carlos Jimenez

Owner of Up Your Performance Basketball and Skills trainer and coach for AAU team OC Magic
Effort and to give their all every single workout. That is something that I want and look for in every player I train. When I see how hungry they are it just fuels my passion for the game and it makes the workout way easier and enjoyable. Seeing this in players also makes me want to go harder and push them harder and get more into it…If they give me all they got I will make sure I do whatever it takes to help them get to where they want to be

10. Patrick Haynes 

New York Life , 8yr former assistant coach @ McNeese state university

Instagram: Raisedbyhaynes 

I look for a kid that hasn’t peaked yet that I can add more to his game he has to be coach able and has a huge upside and he has to hate to lose more than his opponents likes to win !! passion and love for the game is a must have for me !! Basketball is a lifestyle not just a hobby either you are all in or please exit the stage!!

11. Reggie Calhoun Jr.

Rezolution Prep Academy

Instagram: @ iamtherezolution

What I look for in players and clients : anyone with the deep desire to progress. I want to work with anyone who wants to work for themselves (physically, health related and business related). Coaching coachable people is cliché. I prefer to coach or train someone who knows they need help and have put forth the effort towards change. Can’t just be coachable must be actionable as well.

12. Tagipo Maui Sr. 
FAMBIZ SPORTS – MALU FITNESS. TLM684. 

Efforts,Hustle is what I look for in my clients 

13. Christopher Phenix Lee Collins
Phenix Fitness 24/7, assistant coach at American River College, freshman coach in Oakmont High School, Co-director of yba Youth Basketball Academy AAU program, CEO and founder of Phenix Fitness 24/7, 8th grade coach at Sacramento Waldorf High School

Instagram: @ Hoopstariam

 The biggest thing that I look for when I’m training an athlete or anyone in the general fitness Community is motivation what is the reason why they’re doing it for athletes the answer simple they want to master their craft but for people just simply unaware of how to get their bodies in a place that they’re comfortable with their motivation requires a little more digging a little more psychological evaluation and if I find that the motivation is finite meaning the motivation isn’t something that will be grounded for the rest of their life then I tell them we have to find something that can keep them going on days when they can’t. Kids, value of a long life, etc… These are reasons that will never go away. I enjoy what I do because I love watching people succeed.I live my life dedicated to helping those around me and when I see those people achieve their dreams it brings fulfillment to my life I’m a firm believer that if you are not living your life for others you’re wasting your life

14. Lance Ohara

I’m Possible Training Sacramento

Instagram: @im_possible_sac

What I look for most in players/clients: Because I deal with the youth, a few things come to mind:

PASSION – If they show a true passion for the game, they will work hard to improve.

LOVE FOR THE GAME – You can tell when a player has a true love for the game when they are having fun because they simply love the game.

Those two characteristics are just a couple among many that I like to look for in an athlete, because I believe they set the foundation for a player that will dedicate their time to improving.

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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

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

Intensity In Your Workout

Intensity In Your Workout

How hard are your workouts ? Intensity is one of the key elements to a workout that will get you to the next level. Whether it’s a college athlete trying to go pro or a bride wanting to fit into her wedding dress. Whatever your motivation might be work hard,smart, and with intensity!

Going into the gym you mind set should be to attack your workout. For most everyday working people you only have 1 hour to workout a day and you can’t waste it talking with people in the gym. You also can’t afford to not put your all into your workout. I’m not saying workout hard until you pass out, that would be silly. Take a break when you feel it is necessary, but once you catch your breath go back at it again. Actually, taking a break can be a good thing for people wanting to improve their conditioning. By taking a rest you are slowing your hear rate down. When you hop back in your intense workout you are speeding your heart rate back up. Slowing then speeding the heart rate up is great for people wanting to lose weight. It is also good for people who want to be in better shape. For example, most basketball games are stop and go. Stop on a foul shot, then go on the make or miss of the shot. If you think of the body type of most basketball players they are slim, with the exception of a few. Also, a very high percentage of them are in good physical condition. A lot of this has to do with high intensity workouts. Pushing yourself to levels you thought you couldn’t reach and at times till exhaustion. Hard ? Maybe so, but the reward of the work you put in is worth your result.

I recommend pushing yourself in your next workout to an uncomfortable level. It will be challenging, but your body and mind will soon adapt to the intensity of your workouts. Your workout on day 30 will feel a lot easier than your workout on day 1. This is because you’ve trained your body with a high intensity mind set for a month straight. On another note, make sure you are taking care of your body away from the gym. Doing proper recovery and practicing good eating habits is a must. Things such as stretching,icing, and foam rolling will be critical to continue intense workouts. Furthermore, workouts, recovery, and proper diet will help you reach your fitness goal.

Go hard and show intensity!

Jp

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Work Out vs Recovery

Work Out vs Recovery

 

          To be good at your craft you have to put a lot of work in. It’s a huge commitment and takes a lot of dedication. The wear and tear on your body from working out over time can cause you injuries if not treated properly. That proper treatment as we know it is called recovery. Workout and recovery are two important components of athletes that keep us at our best.

            To be able to compete with the best athletes you have to be a competitor. That means putting the work in when you don’t feel like it and others are sleeping. Moving along, every athlete is different and some have more talent than others. That shouldn’t hinder you from working hard in each of your sessions. I feel as a sportsperson you should work out a minimum of 4 days a week. I feel 5 to 6 days is standard. You should always give yourself at least a day or two to rest so you can recovery. For example, Kobe lifts weights four days a week. On Monday and Thursday he does upper body. Then on Tuesday and Friday he does lower body. Four days a week of weight lifting is good. This is my recommendation for players of any sport. Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday can be good days to do your recovery and small cardio strength training. Things such as push up’s, abs, etc. Moving forward, aside from Kobe’s weight training he plays basketball 5 days a week. On 3 of the days he does only individual workouts. Things such as ball handling spot up shooting, cone drills, etc. On the other 2 days he plays pick-up basketball. Even though he plays games on these days he will still come to the gym early or stay after to get some extra shots up. After each day of basketball and training he will stretch as a cool down. This would be a good regiment for players in their sport. This allows you time to get better, play in games, and rest the body. Although this is hard work, it is all worth it in the long run.

            A part of every competitor’s life that should not be ignored is recovery. This is the thing that will give you longevity and help you to perform to the best of your abilities. After a long week of working out everyone should do proper recovery. Things such as icing, heat, cold tub, massage, stretching, etc. I know the cold tub is something that is commonly used with basketball and football players. When I was in Australia playing basketball I would ice bath at least 2 days a week. I would do Wednesday and the night before game day. I always felt that this made my legs feel fresher allowing me to perform at my peak. Although I did the ice bath I still did other recovery methods. I would always make sure to get a proper warm up and stretch before practice. I would also do a cool down and stretch after practice which is probably more important that the stretch before. Another one I like to do is a bag of ice. You can ice the body 20 minutes on and off for as long as you’d like. Sometimes it is good to do hot cold on sore and aching body parts. That method I have found to be very helpful to me during my recovery periods. To wrap it up, always remember to recover after a long week of working out!

 

Thank you for reading my blog and stay tuned for more workouts and article posting.

 

God first and God bless!