Hello everyone! As always, God first...
After finishing my rookie season playing in France, I am excited to be back blogging with you all. But this time it is not about my experience abroad -- it is about my offseason training preparation.
Once I returned to the States, I took about three weeks away from the game to relax with my family and friends before I started my training regiment. After some much needed rest, my desire to get back in the gym and build on the professional foundation I began this season was at an all-time high. Entering my first week of training I wanted to put a premium on building my strength, perimeter skills, and flexibility.
Building my strength this offseason is extremely important for multiple reasons. Playing a full season at a high-level causes extreme wear and tear on your body. Therefore, I felt it was important for me to try to alleviate a little bit of this physical damage by building strength. For the last week, I have been working with Anthony Eggleton at the Advanced Sports Training Institute. Coach Ant is a well-known strength and conditioning guru around California. Moving forward I plan to work with Coach Ant 3-5 times a week, which includes beach training, plyometric, and overall mental meditation. I am extremely confident in Coach Ant’s ability to help me accomplish my goals.
At this point in my career, working on my perimeter skills is extremely important and is a major focus this summer. I view myself as an extremely versatile defender, therefore I feel it’ll take my game to the next level when I become just as versatile on the opposite side of the ball. This past season with BCGO in France, I showed I could be an effective threat in many different positions on the court. Nevertheless, I want to build on this success and become extremely dangerous at every position.
I have been training with a great mentor/trainer by the name of Donovan Blythe. Coach Blythe of Blythe's Basketball has worked with many successful players across the world, and specializes in overall basketball fundamentals. His training is perfect for me, because Coach Blythe gives me not only tools to utilize on the basketball court but he also educates me on the professional side of my occupation. Being a young professional, having an experienced mentor like Coach is important.
In order to improve my flexibility, I recently enrolled in a Hot Yoga class. I feel that yoga can benefit me by helping me meditate, prevent injury, and loosen up my joints. Starting next week, I plan to attend this course 3-4 times a week.
Overall, I am happy with the workout team I have set in place. I know I will drastically improve if I work hard, and approach each workout with the correct state of mind. At this point in my career, I have ultimate confidence in my personal ability. Nevertheless, I understand I have a lot of upside and my overall goal this summer is to reach my full potential. Thank you for reading my blog! I appreciate the support!
A graduate of Santa Clara University, Jerry Brown is free agent entering his second year in professional basketball after playing his rookie season in France with Basket Club Gries Oberhoffen (BCGO). He will be chronicling his offseason workouts and travels for Scorers 1st. For more information on Jerry Brown visit his player profile page here.
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