Growing up I was never the best athlete. I was pretty quick and could run, but I was never able to use my athleticism to my advantage. On top of that, I was small, like the smallest dude on the court nearly every time I played. This often made it tough to compete growing up and forced me to rely on skill and finesse to make teams or even get onto the court in games. Although this was often not enough, as I rode the bench most of my high school career and had been cut from club teams for being "too small" But still, after high school, I played at a small university before cracking the University of Manitoba Bison roster a couple years later.
So what changed? Well going into my senior season in highschool I became sick of being overlooked and I purchased a program online called "The Jump Manual". I trained my butt off throughout the whole summer, never missing a day. And when I came back to school I was a transformed as an athlete. From not being able to touch the rim, to hanging on it with two hands. But what changed the most was my confidence and my aggression as an athlete. I began to attack the rim more often and became a different player. And the rest is for another time.
Fast forward to a couple years ago and I had finished up playing basketball in university and all I wanted to do was dunk a basketball only being six feet tall. I had dunked before once or twice but I wanted to slam it!
I tell my journey as an athlete only to help out the younger athletes I see around the game as a coach and trainer. Not having things come easy for me has given me perspective on what the last kid on the bench is going through. Although I have not had great success as a player compared to others, I think something can be learned from my journey.
Training and sports are a journey, not a destination. What I mean by that is, training to dunk for the first time or to make a team should not be the only reason why you are training! If it is, then at some point you will quit when you fail for the first time, the second time or the tenth time.
Train to succeed long term, and you will either surpass all the competition or learn enough to teach others!
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