Alan Stein has worked with some of the best athletes on the planet and he is one of the most trusted strength and conditioning coaches in all of sports. He joined Chad on Flight 750 Monday to talk about his career and his athletic philosophies.
Stein said that one of the most important things parents can do for their kids is get them enrolled in a proper strength and conditioning program early on.
“It’s funny. I think our society, for whatever reason, tends to shy away from doing structured training with younger players, thinking that it’s more appropriate when they get older, when in fact the opposite is true. Younger kids need to be introduced to proper movement-based training and body-based training at younger ages because it really is the foundation upon which their whole athletic career will be built.”
Stein also talked about some of the more well-known athletes he’s trained. He said that one of the most dedicated athletes he ever had the pleasure of working with was Kevin Durant.
“Kevin was very unique even at a younger age. He had just such a true passion for the game. I think that what impresses me most about him is he still has that love and he still has that passion. Even now that he has fame and he has money, he has this elite-level status, his love for the game has probably only gotten stronger.”
Stein also said that though he has never trained him personally, one of the men he has the utmost respect for because of his work ethic is Kobe Bryant.
“I absolutely respect and admire Kobe Bryant. His work ethic is unparalleled. I’m a big fan of anyone that stands the test of time and he’s been able to do things for long periods of time. You’re talking about a guy who has played at the highest level for 17 years and he still approaches the game and approaches the way that he takes care of his body and does everything today as if he was a second or third-year player.”
And finally, Stein talked about that devastating Achilles injury that Kobe Bryant suffered over the weekend.
“He certainly has his work cut out for him. That is one of the toughest injuries to come back from as a basketball player especially because he’s older and has logged so many minutes on his body so far. But if there’s any human being on the planet that can do it and will do it, it’s Kobe.”
Take a listen to the interview and be sure to check out Stein’s website. You can also look for Stein when he comes up to Portland this weekend to help out with his agility clinic at Nike.