Hoop Commitment

Hoop Commitment

The Hoop Commitment Podcast is your place to get the latest in Basketball Sports Nutrition, Strength & Conditioning, and Leadership. Join us every week to get inside the greatest minds in basketball to improve the way you eat, train and lead. Topics covered include sport performance, sport training, nutrition and sports science. Mike Nilson is the Head Strength Coach at Gonzaga University, an owner of U-District PT, a sports nutritionist and holds a masters degree in Leadership. Go to HoopCommitment.com for the best in basketball-specific training.... Show More

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October 27, 2020 33 min

Episode 061: Are you having trouble eating healthy for basketball?  Is it a struggle to eat your fruits and vegetables and still get enough calories in throughout the day?  Well, Ryan Carter can help!

Ryan is a certified Health Coach, Personal trainer, breathwork coach and registered nutritional therapist with many more specialized qualifications.

He is the founder of Live Vitae, an optimal health coaching platform, that works by edu...

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October 20, 2020 36 min

Episode 060: Mindfulness and basketball aren't typically two words that go together.  But, author and keynote speaker, Mike Lee, joined me on the podcast today to share how mindfulness can improve your game.

Bridging his background in basketball leadership and performance — training some of basketball’s 1% — with mindfulness and emotional intelligence, Mike helps high-performing leaders master the psychology needed to lead and p...

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Episode 059: If you’ve listened to my previous episodes, you know that I was a college basketball walk on.  It was one of the hardest and most rewarding things I’ve ever done.  I didn’t know what to expect when I showed up on campus and I wasn’t ready for how physically & mentally challenging every practice would be. 

For anyone out there who is thinking about playing Division 1 basketball, I brought on Gonzaga Men’s Basketball ...

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Episode 058: Inventor, entrepreneur and the trainer of basketball trainers, Micah Lancaster, joins us on the podcast to share his system for basketball skill training.

Known as a basketball scientist, he invented the rip cone, weighted tennis ball, was the originator of the medicine basketball training methodology and created the first & only basketball footwork training system. Athletes from around the world travel to his skill...

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September 28, 2020 28 min

Episode 057: Basketball training should mirror the demands of the game.  Since players jab step in the sagittal plane, shuffle in the frontal plane and pivot in the transverse plane, the movements you do in the weight room should also be in 3D.

3D Athletes was founded in 2009 by Nate Schafer and continues its quest to elevate the way athletes train and prepare for competition.  Nate and his training facility are sought out by profes...

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Episode 056: Do you want to make the most out of your playing career?  While everyone will eventually hang their shoes up at some point, quality basketball relationships will last a lifetime.

I brought Jake Kelfer on the show to talk about how to build basketball relationships and strengthen networks to help players be successful on and off the court.  Jake is a fellow hooper, motivational speaker, and the bestselling author of Elev...

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Episode 055: Learn how to get quicker on the basketball court from the LA Clippers’ Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Daniel Shapiro.

Daniel is in his 3rd year as Head of Strength & Conditioning for the LA Clippers.  Before joining the Clippers, he spent 4 seasons at the University of Washington where he was Director of Basketball Athletic Performance for the Men’s Basketball team.

No stranger to the NBA, Shapiro served as ...

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Episode 054: The definition of sacrifice is to give up something good, for something better.  If you want to build muscle or burn fat, the key is improving your nutrition by using the power of sacrifice.

When most people try to lean out, they make the mistake of simply giving up food that doesn't align with their goals.  This isn't a long-term solution because anytime you give something up, you create a void.

If you want you...

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Episode 053: Want to increase vertical jump for basketball?  Skeptical of the claims of adding 8-12 inches to your jump height in only 6 weeks?  Listen to this week's podcast and get the truth about how to jump higher from an expert in basketball performance training.

Dr. Ramsey Nijem is Men’s Basketball Director of Sports Performance at the university of Kansas.  They finished the year ranked number 1 in the nation, pushing my ...

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Episode 052: Are you wondering how to get recruited to play college basketball if there aren't exposure tournaments and maybe not even a high school season?  I brought on college basketball coach and Showcase Director, Brant Minor, to share how players can get discovered. 

Coach Brant is in his second year as an assistant coach with the Pacific University men's basketball program.

Away from Pacific, Minor has established Ma...

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Episode 051: Do you want to be the story that inspires people or just another statistic showing that the odds are stacked against playing at the next level?  

In just 5 years, Dre Baldwin went from his high school team's bench to a 9-year professional basketball career. At the same time, Dre built a content publishing empire.

Blogging since 2005 and publishing videos to YouTube starting in 2006, Dre has published over 7,000 video...

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Episode 050: All basketball players need help finding flow on the court.  When you’re in the zone, the game slows down and you’re able to play at your highest ability.

Dr. Cindra Kamphoff is certified mental performance coach for leaders, businesses and championship teams. She helps them master their mindset so they can gain the high performance edge.  Cindra joins us today to explain what being in the zone means and gives helpful t...

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Episode 049: Do you know how to teach enthusiasm to your basketball players?  Just like shooting, enthusiasm is a skill that needs to be coached and practiced.

In today’s episode, I share exactly how we break down our 18-week leadership system and give specifics on how we teach players to live our program’s core values.

We follow the “Think, Say, Do” system that teaches players how to be leaders by sharing research on enthusiasm, tel...

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Episode 048: Ashleigh Beaver is the Head Sports Performance Coach for Duke Women’s Basketball and joined me on the podcast to share her philosophy on building injury and fatigue resistant players. 

She coaches out of the Krzyzewski Center weight room and practice court facilities where her responsibilities encompass all avenues athletic development. Her main duties include overall strength development, first step quickness, change o...

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Episode 047: Recovery Nutrition not only involves replenishing lost nutrients, but also rebuilding tissue to help you become more explosive and durable.  Danny Lennon joined me on the show to make recovery nutrition specific to the game of basketball.

Danny is the founder of Sigma Nutrition and head of content creation for the company. Known for hosting the top-ranked podcast Sigma Nutrition Radio, Danny is also a respected educator...

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Episode 046: Do you want to know how to improve HRV for hoops?  Heart Rate Variability is the measure of variation between heart beats and is a great marker for recovery.

Understanding recovery is crucial to maximizing performance because you don’t get stronger in the weight room… you actually get weaker.  If you can do 20 pull ups at the start of a workout, you might only be able to do 5 or 10 by the end.  It’s when you go home to ...

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Episode 045: The ACL recovery journey is full of highs and lows. Unfortunately, injuries are a part of basketball and ACL tears are all too common.  

Laura Stockton was an all-league player at Gonzaga University when she tore her ACL in the first round of the conference tournament.  

She was kind enough to share the intimate details of her injury and recovery process in hopes that it helps someone have the courage and confidence to g...

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Episode 044: Travis Knight is a master at creating learning environments in the weight room.  He’s got a unique perspective on basketball strength & conditioning, combining complex systems and motor learning theory with vision and mindset training.

Travis and I were classmates at Gonzaga back in the 90’s and have worked together professionally since 2006.  He’s currently the strength & conditioning coach for the GU Men’s Bas...

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Episode 043: Is there a place for servant leadership in basketball? I actually think it might be the most important part of playing the game.

Today's interview is with one of the nation's leading experts in servant leadership.  Shann Ferch is an author, clinical psychologist and professor in Gonzaga’s doctoral program in leadership studies, serving as a visiting scholar in Asia, South America, Africa and Europe. 

By reading h...

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June 16, 2020 44 min

Episode 042: Not all professional basketball players have a professional mindset.  People with a basketball mindset take care of their body, consistently train their mind, prioritize their workouts and treat people with respect.

Jake Wiley's mindset helped him make the jump from playing college basketball at a NAIA school, to being Player of The Year at a Division 1 school, to earning a spot on the Brooklyn Nets.

Today, Jake shar...

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