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User avatar #6945 - inforcersorders (11/03/2012) [-]

Okay so I do about 2 hours to 2 hours and 30 minutes of basketball practice everyday, with saturdays off. I also lift weights 3 times a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I don't eat THE BEST. But being a full time college student-athlete, I can't eat once every 3 hours small portions with x amount of fiber blah blah blah. But when I do eat, it's a well balanced, portioned meal and at least breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I read the labels on everything I buy and rarely eat out. Sooooo why do I have THE worst conditioning ever?? What else can I do to make myself better? Is it bad to do more than is already required for basketball? How much of a break does my body actually need? I'm captain this year coming off of an ACL tear and I'm getting torn a new one every practice because In the last hour of half an hour, I'm gassed. I'm pushing myself but the results are VERY minute.
User avatar #6949 to #6945 - lolpandas (11/03/2012) [-]
It can be a number of things, I'll give you two to work off of.

1. You need some more cardio type exercises as well as endurance. Lifting weights is great, but it isn't necessarily going to aid you in your sport much. Incorporate high intensity workouts (since I'm guessing each practice is pretty nonstop) or go for long cardio sessions. Focus on things that you know your sport needs.

2. Carbs and Glycogen. You need carbs for energy and stamina, these carbs are the immediate source of energy, followed by fat and muscle (there are others but keeping it short). When you eat these carbs, they store as glycogen in the body, especially in muscles. The more glycogen you have stored = longer durability. When you workout every day, you deplete your muscles of their glycogen continuously so they don't have reserves for the next practice, unless you stack up on carbs again.
So you can either re-check your diet to make sure you have plenty of "good" carbs, or you can train in a glycogen depleted state (usually in the morning before breakfast) and train your body to use it's glycogen more efficiently.

Also, you seem like a pretty active guy, so try to keep your food intake a bit above average so you give yourself enough food for recovery and energy.
User avatar #6955 to #6949 - inforcersorders (11/03/2012) [-]
Oh and I was really hoping the question of "Is it bad to do more than is already required basketball" Or "How much of break does my body actually need" I don't want to be counter productive. Would you have to know that answer also? :) Hahah
User avatar #6956 to #6955 - lolpandas (11/03/2012) [-]
Well that ties in with the carb/glycogen thing. You can train more but you would have to make up for it by eating more and keeping those good carbs high. It isn't bad to do more than what they want in basketball, but if you do, you should target different things they don't make you do in practice.

Your body does need a break, but 1 day off is enough to keep you going. More rest would be better but it doesn't seem like you'll be getting much of that. Take advantage of any days off and holidays. Look up on "Carb Loading" and utilize it during your off days so you have that extra source of energy. Marathon and high endurance race runners use it so they can go forever without rest.
User avatar #6957 to #6956 - inforcersorders (11/03/2012) [-]
It all makes sense now. I never thought of it like that! Thanks, lolpands.
User avatar #6958 to #6957 - inforcersorders (11/03/2012) [-]
Fuck..I fucked it up. "lolpandas"
User avatar #6951 to #6949 - inforcersorders (11/03/2012) [-]
Great help. i did not think about that part about carbs. My diet was taught in my off season when I tore my acl. (I've been out of basketball for almost a year) So I never thought of GOOD carbs and that it's GOOD to eat more food than normal. You rock.
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