How to Get Good at Basketball: A College Coach Shares Her Basketball Workout Routine

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   Trying to find the right basketball workouts and drills to perform to get better is not an easy task.  So, we go straight to the source, as we sit down with Division I college coacha dn former stand out Erika Lambert.  Coach Lambert explains your workout schedule and what it took for her to reach one of the highest levels in women's basketball.  This session will help you organize and put together your training schedule much easier.  Remember, somebody is out there right now taining harder and longer than you.   So, get out there and push yourself.




Basketball Video Transcription:  My name and my name is Erika Lambert, I'm from a small rural town in upstate New York and I played Division I college basketball, and I want to share some wisdom with you. I started playing basketball when I was in 7th grade, I remember my 1st day of practice. I went in and my coach told me that I was going to play the 5 position and I had no idea what that was, and after that she said we would work on layups, and I couldn't do one of those either. So, basically I learned everything I needed to know from 7th grade on and eventually I ended up earning a Division I college scholarship at the college of Charleston in South Carolina. I had a really good high school coach and he taught me everything that I needed to know, he was very fundamental, so basically she taught me that time and commitment, dedication, would get me to where I wanted to go. I played one season of basketball and by 8th grade I knew that I wanted to play college basketball. I had a meeting with my high school coach and he told me, he was really honest, he just told me that there were a lot of players out there, thousands of players out there, with the same body type is me, the same skill level as me, had the same athleticism as I did, and he told me that if I wanted to play college basketball that I would have to do something that would set myself apart and he told me that would be dedication. So from that point on I just put in hours and hours in the gym, in the weight room, doing conditioning, playing in 3 on 3 tournaments, doing individual workouts, everything that I could do to set myself apart from the other players who I knew were also competing for college scholarships. When I was in high school, basketball was a year-round thing. I played other sports, I played soccer, I played tennis, I ran track, and I think all of that helped me ultimately to get my scholarship, but I knew that basketball was my priority, so I would go in before school, during the week, at least 2 days a week before school I would work out at 6 AM. My high school workout routine consisted of 2 mornings a week, 6 AM of individual skill workouts. I do that with several of my high school teammates, we would go in and for about 20 to 25 min. we would work on our individual game and for the last half-hour we would play.


     And then 4 days a week I would train, do strength and conditioning workouts with a personal trainer at the local gym and for you high school athletes who are interested in competing at a high level you should know that by the time you get to college, you're going to be training hard, so it doesn't make any sense to wait, you should definitely start that when you're in high school, and if you don't have a gym nearby or if you don't have the means to pay for personal trainer, that shouldn't stop you. I would advise you to contact a strength coach from a local college, you'd be surprised how willing they be to help you. You can write a work out for you, teach you how to do it, and I'm sure you can find the space to do it. So don't let money or resources hold you back from that, just contact the strength coach in your area and I'm sure they be willing to help you. My high school weightlifting definitely helped me transition to college because when I came on to campus, the strength coaches at this college of Charleston could tell that I had been lifting in high school. I lifted 3 to 4 days a week during my junior and senior years no matter what season I was in, no matter what sport I was playing, I was committed to lifting all the time.


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