3 myths about basketball training
The basketball industry is the most rampant disinformation industry anywhere in the world. There are more myths and misinformed folks in the basketball coaching and training market than in any other market I’ve seen.
Today we are going to cut through the myths and misinformation and get to the truth of what it takes to be a great basketball player.
1.) Train 6 hours a day
I did this for years, simply because I heard Kobe Bryant did it. I found out the hard way that your body can’t handle 6 hours of hitting a day on the basketball court. It’s too much.
I don’t think it is possible to train with a high quality for more than 1 to 2 hours a day, at most.
There’s a reason most games are only 30-40 minutes long. It’s because after that, the quality drops severely.
Train for no more than an hour on the court and make it count while you’re there. Train hard and efficiently and make the most of your time. That approach will beat the “6-6-6” program any day.
2.) Weight lifting hurts your jumper
This is completely and totally untrue. I can’t believe this really becomes a myth, because it couldn’t have been started by someone with half a brain or ANY experience with basketball training.
Of course, if you are going to lift weights, you will immediately play basketball, you will play like shit. But besides that, there are no long-term negative effects of lifting weights. There are only positives.
Your range will improve and you will be able to shoot more effectively than ever. Your whole game will expand. Get into the weight room and get strong. It can only help.
3.) You have to play basketball every day to improve
This one is hard to swallow because it is believed so much. It is also a vessel. There is no reason to train daily, your body cannot handle it and after a few weeks you will be too tired to get any benefit from your mediocre training.
Take at least two days off a week. I recommend lifting 2-3 days a week and training on the court 3 days a week as well. Ideally, you should do your training on the court just before your lift. This way, you will have 3-4 full days off each week to recover. Your results will explode with your new resilience.