With the hoops offseason in full effect, ballers around the country have begun what is widely regarded as one of the most grueling grind modes of the year as they play train before and after school in preparation for the up-and-coming season.
Every week we’ll profile an elite player or elite trainer and have them dish on one of their most unorthodox training methods and explain why it’s been so beneficial.
Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) wing Jaylen Brown, who is ranked No. 2 overall in the ESPN 100.
THE DRILL: Hot Yoga
THE HOW-TO: “I go to hot yoga class twice a week and it’s really, really hard. We do different stretches and different poses and it’s one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. The temperature is 102 degrees and you have to bring two bottles of frozen water in there; seriously. If you bring cold water it’ll be hot as soon as you’re ready to drink it. As soon as you walk in you’re instantly sweating. It’s pretty crazy.”
THE PAY OFF: “It helps flexibility mostly. I’ve done research on it and they’ve been doing yoga since 10,000 B.C. The different stretches and different poses unlock energy reserves in your body. I can definitely say that I’ve seen a difference since I’ve been doing it.”