Perfect World vs Practical World

As a veteran basketball performance coach, I have 4 criteria I use to evaluate a training program:

  1. Is it safe?
  2. Is it time efficient?
  3. Is it purposeful?
  4. Is it practical?

This posts focuses on #4.

While we all dream of a perfect world… we live in a practical world.

If your program isn’t practical, it is worthless. Anyone can design the perfect workout or nutritional plan, but if players won’t do it… then it is pointless.

In a perfect world, every high school team would have several full time assistants, an athletic trainer and a full time performance coach.

In a perfect world, every high school team would have unlimited gym access to a top-of-the-line practice facility and weight room.

In a perfect world, every high school team would go through a comprehensive 20-minute warm-up before practice and end with a 10-minute cool down.

In a perfect world, every high school team would strength train in the weight room for 45 minutes, 2 times per week after practice for the entire season.

In a perfect world, every high school team would foam roll daily, do Yoga twice a week, and have access to ice baths and massages.

In a perfect world, every high school player would eat 3 healthy, nutritious meals plus additional snacks (emphasizing the post practice/game meal) prepared by a professional chef.

In a perfect world, every high school team would travel by chartered bus or private plane as they would have an unlimited travel budget.

How many of you live in a perfect world? Unless you are currently in the NBA (which is what I loosely described above), I shouldn’t see any hands going up. The above scenario is perfect, but it is not practical.

In the practical world, most high school teams have a head coach and one or two drastically underpaid and overworked assistants (one of which usually pulls double duty as the team’s performance coach).

In the practical world, most high school teams have gym access for a 2-hour window (many times using the auxiliary gym) as they share the gym with other teams and sports.

In the practical world, most high school teams can squeeze a decent 10-minute warm-up before practice.

In the practical world, most high school teams can make time for a 20-minute strength workout once or twice a week.

In the practical world, most high school teams don’t have access to a qualified Yoga instructor or ice baths and massages.

In the practical world, most high school players skip breakfast, eat a crappy lunch, snack on candy after school and maybe… just maybe… eat a relatively decent dinner when they get home.

In the real world, most high school teams travel one way… the yellow school bus!

While the practical world isn’t ideal… it is the hand you’ve been dealt and you need to make the most of it.

A skilled poker player can win even when they were dealt a bad hand.

When you live in the practical world, simply ‘do what you can, with what you have, where you are.’

NO EXCUSES!

Thanks for reading, time to get back in the gym.

Alan Stein
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