First Thing You Need To Know Is
That I'm A Bit Of A Weirdo...
"A little OCD", as my girlfriend likes to say.
The moment I caught the basketball bug, I was out on the driveway for 5 hours a day, shooting my 500 jumpers, and running through all those old drills you see on the $40 instructional tapes…
Ball wraps, figure 8s, repeat crossovers, spot shooting.
There's actually an old VHS tape of me practicing my jumper out in the snow - gloves and all - on Christmas eve.
Like I said... Weirdo.
After all that training I got "pretty good" - I could tear up just about anyone in 1 on 1, and dominate my local court's pickup games.
Problem was, as soon as I got into a real game, I disappeared.
It Was Like There Was This Invisible Ceiling Stopping
Me From Playing The Way I KNEW I Was Capable Of...
I remember the knot in my throat I'd get after a two point game… Getting home afterwards, going up to my room and looking at my Kobe Bryant poster… Wondering HOW IN THE WORLD I was ever going to achieve my basketball goals.
Most games, I'd be sitting on the sidelines watching my teammates - who didn't work NEARLY as hard as I did - lighting up the other team for 20+. Obviously, my coach started to favor those guys over me, giving them shots, playing time, and recognition…
…Even though they barely seemed to "care" about basketball at all.
Every winter, I couldn't wait for the season to end so I could start training… Always thinking that I'd come back the next year "transformed".
And every summer, I'd run through my exhausting 500 shots per day workouts… Day in, day out.
Then the fall would roll around, and our team would start up again… And I'd get sucked into this downward spiral of frustration, as I watched my teammates outplay me - game, after game, after game.
Finally I Snapped...
I was fed up with watching my friends outplay me.
I was fed up with my coaches who had NO IDEA how good I really was.
And most of all… I was fed up with that crippling knot in my throat I'd get after almost every game.
That summer, I hired a pro trainer to train me for $1,200.
At the time, that was WAY more than I could afford… But I was willing to do whatever it took.
I started taking the bus out into the city every night to referee mens league games, so that I could wake up at 5:30 AM the next day and pay my trainer for the morning workout.
And as soon as I got to the gym, he'd HAMMER me.
We ran through the most intense, game-specific drills in basketball.
He had played overseas in Italy, and had a rare series of drills custom-built for guards that the pros used in Europe.
We Called This New Style Of Training H.I.B.T.
In other words, "High Intensity Basketball Training".
Every workout was hyper-focused and designed to simulate a REAL, live game.
We would always get up hundreds of reps - just like those lame old 500 shot per day workouts - but we would pack all those reps into shorter, more intense 90 minute workouts.
We used drills like two ball attacks, cross-kills, lunge jump drives, basketball sprints, 5 x 20 shooting, and even "The Kobe Complex" to hard-wire my game for EXPLOSIVE in-game performance.
No more being a "pickup player" - these new workouts actually transferred my skills onto the court, where it mattered.
By the end of that summer, I was shooting over 90% from range, dunking in games for the first time in my life, and had explosive first step speed on the perimeter.
My handles were so tight and snappy it felt like they were on a string. The ball was just an extension of my hand that could take me anywhere I wanted to go on the court - at any speed, against any defender.
But The Best Part Was Unleashing It That Fall...
I dropped 27 in our season opener, and 33 in our second game.
By the end of the year I was averaging 24 PPG, which was a 13 point per game increase from the year before. I was named "Top Shooter In The Nation" by 5 Star, and earned a basketball scholarship to my dream school, Wilfred Laurier.
Now - I don't say this to brag - at all. If you know my story, you know that this doesn't end well.
During training camp at Laurier, I tore the cartilage in my left hip socket. The injury was called Femoro-Acetabular Impingement with a Labral Tear, and I was sent in for surgery at St. Mikes hospital.
Afterwards, I was told that if I continued to play, I would have my first hip replacement before I was 30, and that I'd be in a wheelchair by the time I was 50.Chris and his father Mark, holding up his tournament MVP medal
You can imagine how I felt (I kinda want to be able to play with my kids, you know?)
Crazy thing is, that injury was the best thing that ever happened to me… And it all started with a ten year old point guard named Chris.
Chris and his father had been watching me play all through high school, and were amazed at how quickly I was able to transform my game. When I got injured, they hired me to train Chris that year.
By The End Of The Season, Chris
Was A 20 & 10 Point Guard
Word started to spread.
Within a year, I went from being a college-level scoring machine, to having a career-ending surgery, to "stumbling" into a job as a skills coach, and privately training a pack of guards using these new H.I.B.T. workouts.
It's been a wild ride, and I wouldn't trade it for the world.
People always ask me where I would be right now if I'd never gotten hurt. Could I have played pro? Made it overseas? Played in the NBA?
I have no idea, and to me, it doesn't matter one bit.
Right now, I get to wake up every single day - with a smile on my face - and turn players just like you into high-powered MACHINES on the basketball court. I get to watch thousands of players all over the globe finally see their basketball dreams become reality.
Ya, my life is pretty awesome :)
Like I said, I don't claim to have all the answers.
But H.I.B.T. training works. It works like crazy, and I'm willing to bet that it'll work for you too. So if you're a point guard or shooting guard looking to tear it up at the next level, try out Elite Guard Training.
I think it's one of the best skill training programs on the planet, and I stand behind it 100%.
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I'll see you on the other side.- Coach Taylor