Why ‘individualization is so important’ for Wisconsin men’s basketball summer practices | Middle School

A scene straight out of a “Rocky” movie takes place on the ground floor of the Kohl Center on Fridays throughout the summer.

The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team holds what it calls “strongman” practices on Fridays.

Players navigate circuits where they push and pull sleds, use battle ropes, swing hammers, flip tires, and haul heavy barrels filled with water.

Strength and conditioning coach Jim Snider said it was often the players’ favorite day of the week.

“I invite a DJ over and let him spin the records and just try to create a bit of a vibe,” Snider said. “It’s really noisy. It is difficult for anyone to hear anything. He, #1, makes it fun for them (and) #2, he prepares them for the hostile environments we’re about to enter. Some of these young people are not used to it. It’s strong. It’s crazy. There is music. I try to emulate some of that.

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Snider tailors seasonal workouts to a specific goal, so not all workouts are like that. Spring workouts focus on recovering from the wear and tear of the season. Summer workouts focus on building strength and getting players in shape for the season, while fall workouts focus on maintaining the strength gained over the summer.

“I try to build higher volumes and stuff in the summer because usually we don’t train as much,” Snider said. “That way they always get a similar load, and as we get closer to the season, the lifting volume goes down a bit and then the training volume goes up. It’s kind of a seesaw effect.

The Badgers trained approximately four times a week during the eight-week summer training period which began June 13. They have also been training for this month’s trip to France.

Each day had a different muscle group to work on. Mondays were for upper body and Tuesdays were for lower body. Conditioning became the focus on Wednesdays, giving a break from lifting. Thursdays were full-body training days, and the week ended with the Friday strongman workouts.

“Coach Snider will do a good job, if you’re taller you could do a different type of squat,” junior Steven Crowl said. “Or if you’re smaller, you’ll do a different genre. It adapts to your size, your strengths, your weaknesses and what you need to improve. It does a good job of keeping it somewhat similar, but at the same time, building it to each of our own individual strengths and weaknesses.

The 7-foot center went from playing in 11 games his freshman year to starting all 33 in his sophomore year. The increased playing time caused him to lose weight, so Crowl’s area of ​​focus this summer was building and maintaining the strength he will need for next season.

“Steve has a lot of gifts,” Snider said. “Its downside is that its frame is a bit small, but it grows into its body. I’m just trying to give it some size and strength so I can handle the durability of body contact and things like that.

Snider will also run injury-based workouts.

Isaac Lindsey has had two hip surgeries. When doing a lower body day and players doing front squats, Lindsey will do a safety squat, which uses a different barbell and sits in the middle of a regular squat and a front squat. It is easier to control and protects his body, while allowing him to build muscle.

“We can always try to tweak and modify exercises that way,” Snider said. “I’m not inside the body of a 7-footer, so I don’t really know what it feels like.”

Players stick around after practices to occasionally get extra training, like when Tyler Wahl and Chucky Hepburn spent time on bikes after a practice session last month. Snider said it helps them prepare for the season.

There is also position-based specialization. A guard could do more plyometrics – things that are more based on speed and agility. The big ones can focus on gaining weight and staying sturdy while they get used to being pushed around when battling in the paint. Snider will have them do different lift variations that mimic what happens in the position.

“It’s not easy, especially because we’re big on team, team, team,” Snider said. “But individualization is so important.”

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