December 13th, 2018
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Patience and Progress

Have patience because everything is difficult before it gets easy. A little progress everyday adds up to big results. One day of being healthy won’t make you fit for life but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. I’m so proud of all my clients. I wish I could be everyone’s personal trainer and private basketball coach. Every week the change is noticeable. Last week I increased the amount of weight someone was using and they looked surprised. They were even more surprised when after they completed the workout. “I’m stronger now than I’ve ever been” the 39 year old father of 3 told me. It’s because I made changes I knew he could follow to his lifestyle. Not only is he working harder than ever, he’s doing things he’s never done before. If you want your life to change, you must be willing to change your life.

 

I received a phone call this weekend from a proud parent of a boy I coach 3 days a week. He said his son played the best basketball of his life in an invite only AAU basketball tournament. Before this year he had always played off the ball and his father asked me to transition him into a point guard. We originally thought that even if he didn’t go on to play point guard on his teams, he would develop a better skill set and basketball IQ. We trained all summer on his ball control, agility, court vision, and taught him about court awareness from the point. He kept it going throughout the school year and now still trains with me 3 days a week in addition to his travel team schedule. He got an opportunity to play point in the first tournament of the season which they won and the coach noticed everyone else playing better with him at the point so he has kept him there ever since. When I got the call from his dad talking about how it was the best basketball he ever played he had to put the coach of the team on the phone with me so I could hear it from another person and he said the same thing.

 

It could have been the Lace Clips I gave him so he wouldn’t have to worry about tiring his shoes. I’ve noticed more and more basketball players wearing them. NBA players like Mike Conley, Robin Lopez, Lance Stephenson, and Evan Turner are even wearing them. I expect to see more and more athletes using them, especially runners. Who wants to stop and tie their shoes in the middle of a race? Speaking of racing, my next race is February 15th at the Publix Ft Lauderdale A1A Marathon. I’ll be doing the half this year. The last 2 years in a row I did the full and I’m sure at mile 12 I’ll have the urge to go the full distance but I’m saving my legs for down the road. It’s a special race because that’s where I broke a Guinness World Record for the “fastest marathon dribbling two basketballs.” I have lots of memories on the course plus it’s beautiful. Towards the finish line we always run past a basketball court. Last year I stopped to take a few shots before finishing!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day or Happy NBA All-Star Weekend! I’m excited to see the Three Point contest more than anything else. I’m routing for Kyle Korver. He attributes his historical shooting season with his attention to detail. He even has a 20 point checklist to breakdown the form on his shot. He also does long 20 mile paddle boarding excursions in the offseason to develop a Zen like mindset. He has always been known as a role player but he’s continued to improve and now his role is bigger than ever and his team is winning more than ever. The harder you work, the easier things become. You can apply that to anything.

 

One day at a time,

 

Doc

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