“Hidden in all of us is a great athlete waiting to be released!” – Wayne Dawkins, P.H.A.S.E 1
With the help of P.H.A.S.E. 1’s athlete development training, Marco Morales has released the beast of an athlete inside of him. Marco came to P.H.A.S.E. 1’s training facility in Mesa, Arizona this past summer wanting to put on 20 pounds for the start of his sophomore season at Phoenix Community College in downtown Phoenix. He felt that the additional weight would help him be more affective attacking the basket and also prepare him to match up against bigger players at the NCAA D1 level.
From the initial testing of Marco’s overall strength, we found that at 6’1, 160 pounds he was already very strong for his position. In the weight room is upper and lower body strength was already above his peers that were inches taller and much heavier. Next we checked his athletic movement and here is where we found the weakness. His core was extremely strong and his feet very quick. However, it was his hip mobility and strength that was the culprit. The tests done on Marco’s hips revealed that he was not maximizing the explosiveness in his hips and this was causing him not to accelerate or get off the ground as quickly as he should. It also meant that even with 20 more pounds he would not be able to generate enough force to blow by other quick defenders or explode into bigger defenders when he entered the paint.
With this information we were able to create the best program with the right focus for Marco. Regardless of increased weight, inside Marco’s hips was all the power he needed to be stronger, faster and jump higher. Fast forward two months later and all the evidence is pouring beginning in.
“Since my son Marco Morales joined P.H.A.S.E. 1’s athlete development training two months ago, I have been impressed with his immediate progress. I have been training him myself since was 1 years old I know every movement he makes and the athleticism that P.H.A.S.E. 1 have brought out in him in just two months of training is remarkable. I fully endorse P.H.A.S.E. 1’s training and will do so with everyone I know. Thank you.” – Coach Jose Morales, AZ All Stars
“Marco came in having to fight for every opportunity in front of him. We have seen an increase in his aggression defending the ball and grabbing rebounds. It is clear that the improvement in his strength and athleticism has had both a physical and mental affect on Marco’s game.” – Coach Matthew Gordon, Phoenix College
The athlete development journey is unique for each athlete but many deficiencies among athletes are common. In our experience hip mobility and strength is a very big one. Many of us sit for hours every day, leaving the hips in a neutral state and unless you remain in a low athletic stance the hips are not fully engaged while playing. With so much power needing to be generated from the hips, to not make this a key focus of any athlete training would be self-defeating.
For more information on how you can train with P.H.A.S.E. 1 Athletics, visit www.phase1athletics.com or call (480)235-9954.