It appears that Lamar Odom has snapped back to reality. The NBA star and his wife, Khloe Kardashian, have decided to pull the plug on “Khloe and Lamar” to focus on his NBA career and getting back into peak shape. The former All-Star and recipient “Sixth Man of the Year,” went to averaging just six points per game in his short lived 2011-2012 NBA season. With good reason, many speculate that Odom’s major decline in performance was due in part to deep disappointment from being traded by the Lakers for what did not seem like a valid reason.
Being a professional athlete is a full-time job. Most elite athletes spend the majority of the off-season working with nutritionists, strength and conditioning coaches and physical therapists to get ready for the next season. Preparing the body for competition through sound nutrition and strength and conditioning programs increases performance and helps prevent injury.
During Odom’s short-lived 2011-2012 NBA season, it was evident that something was missing from the incredibly talented utility player. His performance this season is a result of a lack of preparation (health and fitness), focus and motivation. He appeared out of shape, sluggish and mentally drained.
Odom’s Fitness Set Backs
Coordination – Lack of training changed how Odom’s muscles worked together to perform at a high level
Speed – It was quite clear that Odom did not have the same spring and bounce due to detraining
Balance – Often under-valued in sports, balance is often what separates the good from the great
Strength – Odom’s loss of coordination, and speed and balance can be summed up a lack of commitment to a consistent strength and conditioning program
Fine Motor Skills – Dribbling, crossing over, shooting and defending require fine motor skills that must be trained. Like the old saying goes “Use it or lose it!”
How to Bounce Back
Short term goals – Odom, like anybody else, must commit to short term goals. Short term goals boost confidence and give hope to achieving long term goals. Shooting for the moon too soon will lead to disappointment and likely failure
Exercise – Commit to a sound exercise routine, with muscle confusion and proper rest to prevent overtraining
Nutrition – Focus on fueling the body with premium fuel; cut back on fast food; eat clean to get lean
Mindset – Focus on the overall goal and decide to succeed. A bad mindset can create self-doubt and ultimately a barrier between you and happier, healthier life