Podcast #57: Get Out of the Athletes’ Way with Alex Richard


“If they really want to become a better basketball player, I want to push them towards the court more.”

“To be a good strength coach for basketball, you don’t really need to do a whole lot.”

“A lot of division 3 try hards become strength coaches… we really only relate well and get along personality-wise with other try hards… we struggle to relate to the naturals.”

“It’s tough to get that kid in there when they don’t see the value in it.”

Ben Wallace, “he’s getting it done on the physical side… that’s gonna be a guy that’s gonna be a little bit easier to sell in the weight room.” “Those skill dominant players, it’s a little tougher to convince.”

“You have to go through this wave… early on, you think you’re really important… to, right now, how little can I do to move that needle, not get in their way and save their energy for the court.”

“You really believe your role is super important… you spend more time around those naturals, you really start to question how important your role is.”

“That’s 90% of the pie (practice, skill development).”

“I think you’re crazy if you think that the weight room is more than 5 or 10% of the pie of getting better at 5 on 5 basketball.”

“They’re already overloaded, why am I, as a strength coach, going to layer more stress into that glass?”

“How much can we take away from their overall training plan until we’re super worried that it’s not enough.”

“The warmup is too long in the first place. The last thing they need to do is have this structured segment where they go and see the strength coach.”

Perfectly orchestrated workouts: “That’s more for your own development as a strength coach and looking good on social media. I don’t really think that helps the athletes that much. They look like people on an assembly line… that is good for the try hards but for the naturals, they laugh at that stuff.”

“They don’t need to like weights that much… it’s 5-10%… it’s not gonna hurt them if they don’t get a dumbbell bench and a front squat in, they’re gonna be okay.”

“We talk about how it’s so important to have a fresh CNS for sprinting or explosive work. Well, that should be for basketball #1.”

“Young as a strength coach, you’re gonna have a lot of simple answers.”

Continuum (5v5 basketball and TBDL, bench press, reverse lunge): “How far are those from each other?… we’re gonna sit here and think one of them is gonna transfer or lead to a reduction in injuries to the other one?”

“You think your undulating program in the weight room is even a lick of the stress that they’re getting on the court? It’s not even close.”

Worrying about the warmup: “When you can remove yourself from that, it takes so much stress off you because it’s just pointless activities.”

Old Nebraska football lifting: “has it really changed that much since then?”

“If there’s no coaches around, the kids are gonna choose when they wanna be done.”

Conditioning: “1,000% not needed in basketball.”

“If you really think they need extra conditioning… 1) increase the practice time or 2) increase what you’re doing at practice.”

“If they truly have a goal of being a good basketball player, they don’t need a lot.”

“I knew what I had to do to get to the next level and it just felt so wrong.”

Foam rolling and corrective warmups for RBs WRs: “Those guys are still in parasympathetic mode… you need to get some sympathetic tone in them (box jumps, clap push ups, get them stimulated).”

“What’s best for them is not adding more stuff in.”

“Find something that boosts their dopamine in the weight room.”

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