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Very often I get asked the question from coaches and players what the perfect workout is. It's an impossible question to answer because everyone is a little bit different. Sure, depending on what the position is that working out you can cater the game shots to that specific position. It's never about the actual drills or workouts the makes a session great. The mindset of the player is how you evaluate a workout.
You should have a plan of attack in what you want to get accomplished in every training session that you put yourself through. Sessions don't have to be super intense, but you should be working at a good pace for at least 70 percent of the workout. I came across these videos of Kobe working out before games. Notice the mindset that he has in each of the videos as he's all business working on specific things that he will be doing in games. You'd be surprised on how simple Kobe's workouts were. He dominated simple in every session. Instead of working on complicated moves he broke it down into simple moves and reads/counters off of each.
After working with him for 4 years the thing that stuck out to me the most was his ability to shoot the same simple shot 30 or 40 times in one spot until it felt right. Ninety percent of the workout were simple shots that he wanted to make sure he had down pat. He always has a business attitude towards training sessions and he is all about repetition and correction. There is no fooling around and wasting of time in his training sessions as you can see in both videos. His mindset is perfect practice makes perfect and if it isn't perfect then he would do it again. As you can see in both videos he is alone working and thinking about his game.
Imagination is the key when working on your game. Invasion where the defender would be and where their hands will be trying to swipe at the ball. Never take for granted that you will get a clean look without any resistance while taking your shot. Ask yourself what angle will the defender be coming at when spinning for that fade away and what the next read is in your progression. When making that drive imagine where the help defenders will be coming from and what other options will be open.
There are a lot of players at all levels that never took the time to get a routine down and that is a big mistake. Have an idea of what shots are most important for you to shoot in a game and cater a workout after it. Start slow to warm up and then slowly increase the intensity. Start close around the basket and move your way out as far as you feel fit to do so. Don't work on crazy things that you will never do in a game. Keep your routine tight and to the point. It should be all business. To be great at anything it takes thousands of repetitions and the focus to work on the right things. Keep track of your results daily to summarize what you are working on to keep organized and to evaluate your development.
These were two videos that are great examples of shooting workouts to follow. Kobe is one of the best when it comes to training sessions and thought I would take the time to share wit with you as it doesn't matter if you are a high school or NBA player having a shooting routine to go through daily will help you prepare for the challenges ahead. Your daily routine and your consistency of working hard and correcting will help you stay relevant in the game for a long time. Don't be one of those players that just likes to play and not prepare. There will come a time that its not going to be about talent. It's going to be about the one who is most prepared and who fell in love with the routine that makes them great.