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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

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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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You Have To Want It More

Being the best or reaching your maximum potential comes from within. You have to want it more than your coach or personal trainer.

Coaching my high school basketball team I was talking to my players who I felt were not giving 100% this past Tuesday night. We were playing against the opposing team and our body language was horrible. It also showed in our performance and lack of focus. I told them, you have to want this more than me. If you don’t really want to do something special or be the best you can be let me know now. After speaking to my kids they began to play a lot harder and we ended the game on a good note. Which carried over to us getting a crucial win on Friday night which put us in a tie for 2nd place. The kids seemed motivated & I was happy from them. Some times we have bad days or performances, but it’s important that on those bad days we remain focused & still give our best effort.

The same thing goes for working out. There will be good days and days you don’t feel like working out. On bad days you have to find a way to push through so you can reach your ultimate fitness goal. Whether your goal is losing weight to fit into a wedding dress, being fit for the summer, or wanting to live a healthier lifestyle. I myself have been through this & I know what it’s like to struggle with workouts. I also know what it feels like to achieve my fitness goal and that heavily out weights other likely outcome.

A friend of mine that I have been training on and off for three years has struggled with this battle. Although the road has been tuff, he has kept on fighting. We are now training again 2 days a week together and he has shown great improvement in all aspects. We do total body each time we workout and I advise him to workout at least one day a week on his own. Being that he has had back surgery in the past, him being active really helps him stay youthful. His Dr has also notice improvement in his flexibility since we have started training. The road for Troy hasn’t always been easy, but his goal to stay active & healthy has been going well.

You too can reach your fitness goal. Just stay focus and give your best effort.

**The images in this blog are of Troy. This was me training him at a local park**

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The Real World (Struggles of Working Out)

Finding the time to workout when you are living in the real world can be a real struggle. The most common reason for why people don’t workout is “I don’t have time.” The funny thing is that it’s true. You don’t have time, but during the course of the week you have to find time.
I was having a conversation with a friend of mine last week while working at the gym and we conversed about the struggles of being able to workout with our demanding schedules. We both work full-time, coach sports, school at night, and are married with kids. Although we are busy he said that we must not let our schedule dictate whether or not we will live a fitness lifestyle. I couldn’t agree more. On average I leave my house at 6:00 am and I make it back home at 9:00pm. So with me being busy all day, how do I find the time to workout ?
The two days a week that I workout every week no matter what is Saturday and Sunday. That will guarantee you will get a minimum of 2 days a week working out. At least one day a week I workout during my lunch break. My forth day will be me doing an in homework. That alone will give you 4 days a week of working out. These workouts should range from about 20 to 60 mins long.
As long as you workout hard and don’t take long breaks you having short workouts isn’t a bad thing. Some people like to associate a short work as bad or a waste of time and that is not true. Don’t ever mistake activity for achievement.

I will post a workout this week that your can follow for those of you who struggle to find time to workout on a weekly basis.

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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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Lifting Heavy Weight, Good or Bad ?

Lifting Heavy Weight, Good to Bad ?

How do you feel about heavy weight lifting ? Is it good or bad ?

If you are looking to get jacked up, heavy weight lifting is for you. When I was in college the football players were always the biggest guys on campus. They were also lifting heavy weights. Most of the time when you are lifting heavier weight you are doing more sets and less reps. This form of lifting can be beneficial for the individual who wants to bulk up. Another thing that can come along with lifting heavy is injury. The most common injuries I’ve heard people speak of were the elbow and shoulder. If you encounter these injuries rest you body and see a doctor. Please take caution if you want to begin lifting heavy weights. It’s bests to have a spotter or friend lift with you. Having a spotter or friend can help prevent serious injury or accident.

Lifting lighter weights also has it benefits. If you are looking to become more toned and cut then lighter weights is for you. Not saying you don’t need to challenge yourself and work hard, but you don’t need to lift like a body builder. Basketball player’s would be the type of athletes to use this form of weight lifting. This keeps them strong and helps prevent injury. It can also help increase your muscle endurance allowing you to perform longer than others. Just like heavy weight lifting, you can also hurt yourself lifting light weights. I still recommend having a spotter or a friend to workout with.

The debate can go on forever over whether or not you should lift heavy or light. The truth is you should do which ever one best suites you. Whatever you do work hard and smart!

Feel free to comment below to add you thoughts or concerns.

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!