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Helping the NBA’s Best Become Better

By Tim DiFrancesco | Wed, May 15

One of the common assumptions about professional athletes is that they are world-beaters in every single category. In my six years as head strength and conditioning coach of the Lakers, I learned pretty quickly that this is simply not the case.

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Young Athlete Resistance Training: When To Start & How To Stay Safe

By Tim DiFrancesco | Wed, May 1

One of the oldest myths in the strength and conditioning book (and the parenting one too) is that lifting weights and doing other forms of resistance training can stunt kids’ growth. As a result, some of the most frequent questions you’ll hear if, like me, you’re involved in training young athletes responsibly include, “When can my son or daughter start lifting weights?” and “Isn’t resistance training going to damage them because they’re still growing?”

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Performance Psychology 2.0 (Part 2): Self-Regulation

By Jared Cohen | Wed, Apr 3

In last month’s post, we examined the need to start any elevation of your mental game with greater self-awareness. Once you’re more cognizant of your behavioral tendencies and how they either progress you toward or block you from achieving your goals, what’s next? Knowing how to better regulate yourself so you do more of the former and less of the latter, for your sake and the good of your athletes.

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