“I don’t take it easy on Skylar Diggins or any of my pros, so I won’t take it easy on you!”
Idan Ravin was yelling at us.
A group of eight or nine bloggers—a few of whom consider ourselves pretty good athletes—were at the mercy of one of the NBA’s top trainers last week on the practice court at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. There, for the first Group Skills Session as part of an ongoing 8-week #LimitlessPotential journey (that started in Dallas, TX at the Michael Johnson Performance Center last month), we gathered to run through a typical workout for elite basketball players.
Sets of push-ups, jumping rope, full-court sprints and shuttle runs with some high-volume shooting drills to cap off the night? It was 90 minutes of hell, and it was awesome. Considering that Idan has worked with the likes of Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, quitting wasn’t really an option.
Plus, Nike had hooked us up with some brand new kicks to wear-test: in my case, the LeBron 13 Elite “Ready to Battle.” The sneakers were bouncy but strong, and didn’t flinch during any of the cutting required for Idan’s intense drills. Plus, they looked fly flashing across the Nets’ hardwood floor.
Scroll through the photos above to see highlights from the Idan-led session. We’ll keep you updated after our next Nike Basketball session with the man they call the Hoops Whisperer.
Photos courtesy of Nike