Today's morning motivation video focuses on Kobe Bryant. Unlike most of the recent workout mixes we have been posting, this 10-minute compilation will probably motivate you more with Kobe's words and wisdom than weights and workouts in the gym. With that said, I came across an interesting article about Kobe's off-season "666 Workouts."
Via Born To Workout.
Kobe Bryant has a unique way of training during the off-season, which is known as the 666 workout. Named so because Bryant trains for 6 days a week, 6 hours a day and 6 months in a year. The 6 hours of training are divided into 2 hours of track work, 2 hours of basketball skills and 2 hours of weight lifting (which includes one hour of cardio).
The track work includes HIIT (High-Intensity- Interval-Training) workouts like sprints, jogging and walking for 100, 200 and 400 yards.
The Basketball drills include Bryant shooting at least 700-1,000 shots per day, 20 minutes of dribbling. Bryant also performs at least 10 minutes of defensive slides followed by an intense 90 minutes of shoot-around. He shoots from five specific areas of the court executing 10 shots from each location before moving onto the next one. Before shooting from the three-point line, he usually begins by mid-range shots. He also works on turnaround shots, post-up shots, pivots jabs, footwork and layups at the end.
Kobe Bryant’s weightlifting session is a blend of traditional weightlifting and Olympic style lifting. While the former increases muscle strength and stamina, the latter focuses on explosive movements and high verticals.
Also worth checking out is this past interview with Men's Fitness magazine about his off-season workouts.
It's a combination of lifting weights and doing a conditioning program. Whatever your program is, the key is to push yourself to a level where you're hurting. You can't gain conditioning without going through it. You're going to have to feel some pain, you're going to have to feel like your lungs are burning, and you know, you want to spit up blood, that sort of thing.