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Category: Training

  1. Little Things

    by Alan Stein 09-26-2010 04:31 PM Training

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    I have been ensconced in elite level basketball for the past 10 years. I know firsthand what it takes for a program to be successful. While talent is obviously a key factor, it is actually the little things that make an average team a good team, a good team a great team, and a great team a championship team. Don’t wait for the season to start until you “sweat the small stuff.”

    If you are a coach, you need to ask yourself the following 10 questions. If you are a player, you need to share these questions with your coach!



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  2. Do You Deserve It?

    by Alan Stein 09-21-2010 12:24 AM Training | Coaching | Sports Psychology

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    One of my high school players asked me if I will teach Luke and Jack that they "can be anything they want to be when they grow up."

    I said “nope.”

    They were shocked! 
    They thought that’s what parents were supposed to teach their kids.


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  3. Training vs. Working Out

    by Alan Stein 09-02-2010 01:00 AM Training

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    It’s been exactly one month since my last blog post. I am refreshed, re-energized, and completely refocused on my commitment to offer quality insight on basketball strength & conditioning, coaching, and motivation. 

    In addition to spending quality time with my wonderful wife Rebecca and my twin sons Luke and Jack (23 weeks old), I read a dozen books on leadership and watched numerous DVDs and YouTube clips on performance enhancement. I combed through notebooks of my own notes and took time to reflect and evaluate my entire program. Most importantly, I developed my plan for this coming pre-season.


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  4. Boosting Sports Performance – It’s all in the Process

    by Gregg Swanson 08-31-2010 12:35 AM Training | Sports Psychology

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    Even though as an athlete you already know that technique is essential for performance, many sport performances tend to be evaluated according to the outcome (‘the product’) associated with their performance—things such as place, time, and score. 
    Consequently, the normal tendency is to focus on the end result…’the product’. In training, as well as competition, numerous athletes pay way too much attention to ‘the product’ associated with performance instead of precisely what is required in order to get there (the process connected with performance). 


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  5. Active Rest

    by Alan Stein 08-01-2010 11:41 PM Training | Camps

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    With such a rigorous schedule, your body is banged up, fatigued, and broken down. You need to get in some quality active rest between now and when school starts. Honestly, scheduling an adequate period of active rest is very important!


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  6. How to Experience Excellence in Your Training

    by Gregg Swanson 07-20-2010 12:40 AM Training | Sports Psychology

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    How to develop a powerful mindset for training


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  7. Competing

    by Alan Stein 07-18-2010 12:26 AM Training | Athlete Career Development

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    Having had the opportunity to be around the most talented players in the country, I noticed there is a key factor that separates the good from the great. That is the ability to compete.


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  8. Can He Dunk? Project

    by Alan Stein 07-11-2010 12:44 AM Training

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    Do you think we can get 7 high school basketball players to dunk after 10 weeks of training?


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  9. NBA Footprints

    by Alan Stein 07-04-2010 04:57 PM Training | Athlete Career Development

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    I had a chance to learn from the NBA's best...


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  10. Athletic Testing

    by Alan Stein 05-30-2010 01:55 AM Training | Athlete Career Development

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    I get hundreds of emails per month from youth basketball coaches around the world asking questions about proper training. One of the main topics they ask is about athletic testing.


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