Most players simply play too much basketball. The days of training 6 hours per day in an attempt to be like Kobe Bryant and Larry Bird are DEAD. Embrace short, high intensity basketball workouts or fall behind your competition.
Basketball players in particular are notorious for over training and need to make sure they recover especially well. This allows you to work on your athletic ability in the off season and actually make progress instead of spinning your wheels.
In the off season you should be making a point to train your athletic ability harder and make more progress. You can’t train on the court more than an hour or so per day, 4 or 5 days per week if you want to make progress in the gym. It can’t be done.
Get off the court and start recovering.
If you take a look at the professionals and NBA players, the main difference between those guys and lower level players is their body. There are plenty of high school and college players who are close to an NBA skill level (seriously, you’d be surprised) but they just can’t play with the pros because they are too small and weak.
But anyway, I shouldn’t have to sell you on the idea of making yourself stronger and more athletic in the off season, that should be obvious to you. What’s important to understand, however, is that recovery is key to making progress in your basketball training.
Here are 4 of my quick and dirty tips for supercharging your recovery:
First, sleep at least 9 hours per night, with as many of those hours as possible coming before midnight. In a perfect world, you would sleep from 10 until 7.
Second, foam roll every single day to break up all the scar tissue and adhesions in your muscle that get tied up when you train hard for basketball.
Third, eat whole, unprocessed foods 4-6 times per day. This will give your body the building blocks it needs to recover.
Last, take naps during the day for no longer than 15 minutes. You might not fall asleep but the simple act of lying down and turning off your brain will greatly accelerate your progress.
Those are 4 of my quick and dirty tips for accelerating your recovery from your basketball training. Add them to your training and you will be successful.