"Great players and great coaches get more out of their 24 hours than their competition does."
Alan Stein, owner of Stronger Team and head strength coach for the nationally-renowned DeMatha Catholic High School basketball program, made the above statement in a recent blog post on how to "make" time to do a little bit more than your competition.
All athletes know that when the season begins, time becomes short and the little things go out the window (proper warm-ups, in-season lifts, cooldown stretches, extra shots after practice). However, according to Stein, "Time is never the problem…each of us gets 24 hours in a day. Lack of passion and focus is the real problem!"
Assuming you possess the passion, Stein's advice for a successful and balanced season between school, workouts, competition, friends and family comes down to making time to do the little, important things. He says, "Know this—you will never find time for anything during the hectic season. You have to make time for the things that are important to you."
And the only way to effectively make time is to plan ahead. For example, get to the gym 10 minutes early to knock out a warm-up, like the one demonstrated below by Stein's players at DeMatha.
Or, adjust your schedule and ride to accommodate the fact that you plan to spend 10 additional minutes after practice improving your flexibility and speeding up recovery with a post-practice stretch like the Stein-led version below.
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