Monday night: I’m sitting in my hotel room, at a small desk, feeling so unbelievably excited and worn out at the same time. I just finished my first workout of Impact Basketball Training and it far exceeded my expectations. Here’s the best rundown I can give right now, as my whole body is tired.
Monday: The Journey Begins!
I left for Sarasota at a little after 1pm. The original plan was to leave very early Monday morning, as the first workout was scheduled for 8am. However, during the first part of last week, Matt (trainer) emailed and asked if I could begin at 5pm on Monday and then finish on Saturday because he was going to be out of town until Monday afternoon.
I checked with the hotel and the change was made.
I got to the hotel around 3:30pm, brought all my stuff up to the room and unpacked. I then changed into my basketball clothes and before I knew it, it was time to make the short drive to Impact Basketball.
The Arrival and Realization
I got to Impact Basketball around 4:50pm, entered the building and as I came to the end of a corridor I could hear sneakers squeaking and basketballs bouncing.
A few more steps and I saw some BIG kids playing hoops.
I mean BIG! 7 foot 3 inches of BIG!
There were 6 foot 5 inch shooting guards and lightning quick point guards.
Blocked shots against the backboard, bodies flying, it was intense.
I watched for a few minutes, a little shocked at the skill level and size of the players and then continued on looking for my trainer for the week, Matt.
The realization that this was going to be perhaps more than I even expected, rushed over me.
Quick chat, Tour and Medical Check
I found Matt, who is the director of player development at Impact, we talked for a bit and he gave me a tour of the facility. He let me know that today he wanted to get a sense of where I was as a player on the court, so we would only be doing court work today.
He double checked my medical history and to the court we went.
Keep in mind that Matt, besides training a current group of young men in which four of every five will go on to play college ball…at least, has also trained the likes of Kevin Garnett, Chauncey Billups and Rudy Gay. To have him as my trainer for the week is beyond special!
Toughest Workout of My Life
After he cleared the court of the younger guys, Matt took me through some stretching. Things I’ve never seen or done before.
He explained that he would be able to tell based upon my flexibility, how explosive I would be. I then asked him to make me 1,000 times more explosive.
On one stretch, he said, “You’ve probably seen this one before,” I did the stretch and then let him know that I hadn’t…haha.
After stretching, we worked on numerous shooting drills all at GAME SPEED.
Now, if you’ve been following along, you know that I’m in pretty decent shape these days. I run +15 miles a week and play hoops twice a week. When I’m on the court, I’m the guy that can always keep going.
Well, I say that to say this…I GOT MY BUTT KICKED!!!
I can’t remember ever gasping for air like I did tonight. EVER!
Near the end of the workout I was standing at the free throw line, trying to pull myself together for two free throws and no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t get my wind.
Umm, and tonight’s workout was only 55 minutes!
In those 55 minutes I took around 400 shots at game speed. Everything off of some movement, no set shots.
Matt broke everything down from my footwork, to explosiveness, to how I should prepare myself to receive the pass, to where my shoulder and foot should be coming around a screen.
The guy kicked my butt and I LOVED IT!!!
I feel like I learned so much in such a short period of time and I can’t wait for tomorrow (Tuesday)!
“Are you the guy playing Michael Jordan?”
About midway through the workout, as I was coming back from a short water break, one of the young guys working on the other end of the court asked, “Are you the guy playing Michael Jordan?”
I was really surprised by this!
We chatted for a second, chuckled about my age, and he asked if I had ever seen Jordan play. When I told him I had as a member of the Chicago Bulls, he and the other young guy thought that was the coolest thing.
You see, the two guys I was talking with are just 19 years old, so the only Jordan they really get to see is highlight reels.
As I walked back to continue the workout, I felt very fortunate to have seen Greatness!
“You’re better than I expected.”
At the close of the workout, Matt handed me a protein shake and said, “You’re better than I expected.”
I took that as a huge compliment, thanked him again for doing this whole thing and was on my way back to the hotel.
Rest and Day 2
As I type this post Monday evening, my legs are toast. My arms feel like noodles and my eyes are even tired. I’m exhausted in every sense of the word.
Day two is going to be interesting. It is to consist of two sessions, with the first being around four hours. Mentally I can’t even wrap my head around that right now, but I’ll be there at 8am ready to give it my all!
By the time most of you are reading this, I will be heavy into session two.
Pray for me, wish me luck, whatever it is you do…please do. I will be needing it for sure!
me vs. MJ…this journey is getting very interesting!!! 😀
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