Pro-Style Basketball Workouts started back in the summer of 1976 when Arnie Jacobs and Evander Ford were coaching legendary teams in the famous Rucker Pro Summer League. Sensing that the players needed to get ready for their upcoming college and pro seasons, Jacobs and Ford, conducted viciously potent old-school conditioning workouts, followed by memorable ultra-competitive scrimmage games, which attracted not only all the top players in the NYC Metro area, but from other parts of the country as well. Great players soon flocked to these workouts in greatnumbers.
Both coaches possess dynamic, energetic personalities, combined with a unique knowledge of the game, and they quickly gained a reputation of being able to prepare players for higher levels of competitive physical and mental conditioning. Basketball people are always impressed with the training methods and motivational skills of Arnie and Evander, as well as how well they work together as a tandem.
Reaching Your Full-Potential
This Pro-Style method of training put all the players through non-stop conditioning drills. They were put in a situation of duress, fatigue, criticism combined with positive reinforcement. Scrimmaging followed the conditioning when players were already dead tired. It was instructional and motivational without disturbing the flow of the great games featuring so much talent.
This was a boot camp of sorts, run very much like an NBA camp. This was toughness training with lots of mind games. Players underwent an initiation process and got teased and picked on. After experiencing these workouts, players were ready for anything their coaches could come up with, mentally and phusically and they were stronger and tougher for it.
The True Essence of a Player
Many prima donna players were broken down, exposing the true essence within and gave an opportunity for others who wanted to work hard. The workouts have exposed players to themselves, breaking them down and building them back up.
At these workouts your reputation was thrown away. The infamous medicine ball definitely has been a staple of the Pro-Style philosophy. From the best and most talented NBA & College player, to the up and coming high school star, everyone was required to participate in the medicine ball initiation, running laps around the gym with the heavy ball over their heads until the instructors told them to stop. The ball was used if players made mental mistakes, didn’t hustle, or for any reason the trainers could conjure up. This aspect of the training developed character, mental toughness, discipline, focus, tunnel vision as well as working on a player’s conditioning, all while keeping them humble and grounded at the same time.
Pro-Style Basketball Workouts were more than a workout-it was a real experience! Anyone who has been there to see or participate in "The Run", can swear by this. Players who went through the workouts never forget it, and if they finished it, felt a true sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. The Pro-Style method really works!
A Long List of Talent
Pro-Style Basketball Workouts has featured over 120 past and present NBA Players (See List) and countless participants from all over the country and around the world. The program has been seen and recommended by NBA, WNBA, College, High School, and International players, and these workouts and scrimmaging are also legendary throughout NYC.
Pro-Style trainers are known for their motivational skills and their ability to enthusiastically work, educate, and relate to today’s modern athlete. The ultimate goal of Pro-Style Basketball Workouts is to improve your overall game, fundamentals, build character, and enhance your mental toughness and awareness.
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