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MUST-SEE VIDEO: UK basketball’s strength and conditioning program

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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.

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 mysterious first yoga class is a time of discovery. Rising Wolf Retreat, we offer public yoga classes in vinyasa flow, restorative yin yoga, and more. You’ll discover that not every yoga practitioner is a highly committed, eco-conscious vegetarian; that designer gear will not help you into a difficult pose any sooner; and you will discover secrets about your body and your mind that even you never knew. Sound intriguing? Well that’s yoga for you! It’s more than just an exercise class. Thirdly, the best Yoga classes are conducted in small groups. It is easier for the instructor to monitor everyone in a small class. Mistakes can be caught and rectified easily. This greatly reduces the possibility of injury due to wrong practice of postures. Small groups also allow the instructor to respond to effectively to the group’s rhythm and pace. Group dynamics dictate that there are optimum group sizes for a particular function. There is no magic number to the size of a Yoga class, but keeping it small means everyone gets to interact with one another and form strong relationships. Motivation levels can be higher as a result. Thirdly, the best Yoga classes are conducted in small groups. It is easier for the instructor to monitor everyone in a small class. Mistakes can be caught and rectified easily. This greatly reduces the possibility of injury due to wrong practice of postures. Small groups also allow the instructor to respond to effectively to the group’s rhythm and pace. Group dynamics dictate that there are optimum group sizes for a particular function. There is no magic number to the size of a Yoga class, but keeping it small means everyone gets to interact with one another and form strong relationships. Motivation levels can be higher as a result. Many other factors play a role in the best Yoga class but I have emphasized some of the main areas here. Broadly speaking, a good Yoga class is one where your expectations are met. It is focused on your current needs and consists of a small group (in a group setting). It emphasizes correct techniques and practices based on Yoga’s authoritative texts while maintaining healthy levels of fun.

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.

The video is fascinating, so stop what you’re doing and go watch.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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12 Comments for MUST-SEE VIDEO: UK basketball’s strength and conditioning program



  1. Beavis606
    6:08 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Rock sucks. Our players lack of conditioning has been noticeable for years. They have to be able to run run run



  2. shields eyes
    6:12 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Yummy!



  3. cracka
    6:17 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    do they not let our useless children at the end of the bench play yoga with the guys?



  4. Arnold
    6:21 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    They were doing plyometrics in the 1st 35 seconds. Box jumps are plyometrics



  5. lazy
    6:24 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    I got exhausted just watching that video



  6. kes
    6:30 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    I didnt know rock hired leroy byrd as an asst.!



  7. Dave Baker
    6:33 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Dakari Johnson once weighed over 350 pounds!



  8. J
    6:50 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Lol. They were doing plyometrics at the start of the video……….



  9. Not just getting an education
    8:37 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Not only do they get an education for free but get to hang out with and participate in activities with friends. All the while they getting in the best shape of their life, enjoying the pick of the co-ed litter, are highly revered on a basketball crazed campus while preparing for a professional basketball career. These are all the things virtually all of us have longed for the majority of our lives. Enjoy it gentlemen.



    • GP
      10:26 am July 24, 2014 Permalink

      Look man, I really get tired of hearing this same old song and dance. Every student on campus has the same opportunities that the basketball team does when it comes to personal fitness, and talking to women isn’t the end all, be all of college life.
      Not every woman on campus has the hots for basketball players.
      And, coming from a current graduate student, if you know where to go on campus, you can participate in all of these physical training activities for free.

      Sure, the team gets access to exclusive facilities, but the facilities for the general student population are NOT bad at all.
      It’s all a matter of knowing your way around campus.