Ignorance is NOT Bliss…Knowledge IS!!

What is Knowledge? Read carefully! Knowledge is facts, information, and skill acquired by a person through experience or education; it is the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. The antonyms of knowledge are ignorance, imperception, and misunderstanding. Experience, education, and understanding is the basis of knowledge. Now, why is this important to the world [...]

Severe and Sincere Gratitude!!…Even though I don’t play for the Knicks.

The majority of the people we train will not make the NBA, the NFL, win a gold medal, or score 2,000 points, heck most won't even play a college sport and half of the younger kids we train may not even start on their high school team. To be honest I never made it to [...]

Why be Afraid to Work Hard?

Why is it that people often try to put down hardworking, successful individuals? Success not meaning prize possessions or material objects, but goals, happiness, and dreams. When talking to others, it is easy to say how we want to strive for more and work hard but when it comes down to it we don't, because [...]

Work Ethic

Work hard all the time. Not just when your coach is watching, not just when your parents are watching, not just when your teammates are watching, work hard when no one is watching AND when everyone is watching! All the training IVA offers we will always tell you the same thing. "Working with us for [...]

Can kids lift weights?…YES!

Parents ask us all the time about weightlifting for their child is it okay for them to get in the weight room if they are only 10, 11, 12 years old. The answer is yes! However, there are right ways and wrong ways to do things. A young child just starting out first and foremost [...]

90% mental 10% everything else

90% mental 10% everything else! I used to ask one of my coaches a lot of questions like "How do I jump higher?", "How do I become a better shooter?", "How do I run faster?" He always answered these questions the same way. "Jump higher!" "Shoot better!" "Run faster!" It was like he was a [...]

Shooting, Dribbling, Playing Defense…There is never just one right way.

All of the kids who come to us for training have bad habits. However, in the game of basketball one bad habit reigns supreme. The worst bad habit of them all is if you think there is just one RIGHT way to do something. Let me explain... The worst habit you can possibly have is [...]

LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Steph Curry & 2 seventh graders

Had an interesting debate with some colleagues the other day. Here is the scenario; You take a five man roster of the following guys, A healthy Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Steph Curry, and two seventh graders that can play a little bit of basketball. Maybe theses seventh graders are just the best on their middle [...]

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Big Thanks to the Charles Chrin Community Center

Coach Marc and I had a blast with our athletes at the Palmer Rec. Center. We had a broad range of age and skill level as you can see here in this pic with coach Marc (while he puts the kids through his signature Mirror drill). All the Athletes worked hard and got a great [...]

“The Athletic Trap”

Athletes from all sports always get TRAPPED by being good at something early! Take the best athlete in Football. He starts playing peewee football and the coach makes him the Quarterback and just lets him take off every play because no one he plays against can match his speed or agility. That kid probably gets [...]