28 minutes ago
Wise words from @micah_lancaster - I’ve trained enough NBA players to know that many only know how to explain how to do what they do. After all, when it comes to adding what they don’t do, that’s why they hired me.
So when a former player wants to teach skills, they have a natural bias surrounding who they were as a player which makes it difficult for them to reach others. This can also be similar to coaching, but I’d say skill enhancement is a tricker path. Some DO become good teachers, of course, but it certainly isn’t a safe bet.
I made a decision a long time ago not to teach people according to my preferences or playing style and instead take an unbiased approach based on study of skills and the development of a system based on all skill related options available to players.
That is what, I believe, makes me most equipped to teach players from young to old, small to big, unathletic to Athletic. This is also why, when trainers apply to join Im Possible Training, I don’t lead off with “how good were you as a player..” I just want to know, how detailed are you in your craft as a teacher. -
I try to tell my players this all the time, don't let someone's resume as a 'player' motivate you to make them your trainer. Instead, see how they can make you a better version of YOU, and not a better version of them.