This excerpt is from @kobebryant book-
📖The Mamba Mentality - How I Play📖
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I recommend it to those who are interested in becoming #Great at whatever they do! Also, it has lots of pictures- that helps me a lot. The two paragraphs above ⬆️ really stood out to me given the relevance to my #profession as a #strengthcoach - here are my Top 3️⃣ most important takeaways from these paragraphs...
1- START WEIGHTS AT A YOUNG AGE and BE CONSISTENT! -
Kobe Bryant entered the NBA straight out of high school and became an All-Star by the age of 19. Hard to do that against grown ass men when you are weak! Also, athletes have such a small window to reach their full potential... start young and be consistent!
2- STICK TO THE BASICS-
The basics still work because they are the basics! Instagram might tell you that you should try this cool new routine or exercise (I’ve been guilty for falling for this so I’m hating on myself here) but the meat and potatoes of workouts should be “time-tested lifting methods” otherwise known as the basics.
3- PRACTICE YOUR DAMN SPORT-
All the lifting in the world won’t fix your broke jumper if you don’t practice. Kobe would Lift until he could not move his arms and THEN go work on his game!! Working out is meant to keep athletes healthy and supplement their game, not be the main thing they focus on. I learned a very important lesson from Al Vermeil, the only strength coach to win a championship in two different professional sports ( #football and #basketball ) “Great athletes make a great strength coach.” That is a piece of humble pie hard to swallow as a strength coach. But I don’t think it diminishes what I do as a profession. It’s a realization that it takes extreme dedication for the athlete to be great at his/her sport, and to take the credit as the strength coach for all the athlete’s abilities and success would be a mistake. And vice versa- it is not the strength coach’s fault if the athlete is killing it in the weight room but won’t practice on their game after lifting weights. We take on a percentage of the athlete’s development... what they do with that strength is up to them!