Throughout the summer, we’ve seen glimpses of UK basketball’s summer conditioning program, which has included underwater treadmills and hot yoga. Now, CoachCal.com’s Chad Hobson is taking us behind-the-scenes of Rock Oliver’s strength and conditioning program, and the video is really awesome. We can’t embed it here, but click the pic or this link to check it out.
Oliver describes the workouts the players are doing, and why they don’t do plyometrics or any skill-specific work. “We don’t do anything [skill-specific]. Our guys love to play. What’s more specific than playing the game?” Rock says. “I’ve got pros on my team. They’re doing plyometics every time they play.”
Rock singled out Dakari Johnson for how hard he’s working on his conditioning and nutrition, and said he’s dropped from 271 lbs. to 255 lbs. so far.
Also new to the regimen: pool running, which Marcus Lee says is “the hardest thing I’ve ever done”; and hot yoga, which Randall Cobb suggested to Rock. As someone who has sweated buckets in hot yoga before, I can say I have a new admiration for the team now.
The video is fascinating, so stop what you’re doing and go watch.