I think it's best to start off by briefly defining what the term "Athleticism" really means, and how you can attain more of it as a basketball player specifically. In the simplest sense of the word, athleticism is simply a collection of unique and individual skills or abilities that when put together help form greater athleticism. Athleticism consists of strength, conditioning, agility/change of direction, power, acceleration, and top speed as a general norm. Fortunately, science and real world evidence has routinely shown time and time again that each of the athletic measures I just mentioned can be improved upon in literally everyone regardless of genetics, age, experience, or what have you, through very specific, proven, and proper training methods that the sport of basketball cannot and will not ever offer, unfortunately. Thus making athletic training essential if you truly want to get the most out of training and be the best basketball player you can be. Furthermore, when you improve athletic ability there will be a simultaneous increase in your basketball specific skill set potential. For example, improving power levels through specific exercises will automatically improve one's ability to run faster, jump higher and farther in any direction, move quicker, so and so forth. Below is what our program can offer specifically if you or your athlete is competing in basketball, followed by a brief presentation of past and present athlete's that have gone through our system over the years and made serious progress allowing them to take their game to the next level.
Benefit #1-Vertical Jump Enhancement (better rebounding, blocking, etc.)
Benefit #2-Better First Step and Start Explosiveness
Benefit #3-Quicker Defensive Breakdowns
Benefit #4-Improved Lateral Movement
Benefit #5-Better Ankle and Knee Health
Benefit #6-Improved Linear Acceleration and Speed up and down the court in transition
Benefit #7-Greater range in shooting ability all around the perimeter
Benefit #8-Greater durability and resiliency with player to player contact scenario's (i.e. charges, ball diving, etc.)
Benefit #9-Quicker defensive recovery by arriving at target spots quicker, cutting off opponents sooner, and covering pursuit angles much faster
Athlete #1-Austin Morgan, Starting Point Guard at Yale University
Here is a video of Austin dunking after a short stint on our program. Keep in mind he is only about 5'9" and had been suffering from chronic knee pain when he began with us, and we were able to return him to full function through various training techniques.
And here is what Austin had to say about his time training with us:
"I really enjoyed my time with Travis. He's wholly committed to improving those he works with and his passion for performance invigorates those with whom he works. Travis has been integral in improving my athletic performance, and I'd recommend him to anyone seeking training, from the amateur to the professional level."
Athlete #2-Caleb Wood, Sixth Man at Penn University
We began training Caleb 2 years prior to enrolling at Penn University. In that timespan Caleb became markedly faster, and improved his standing vertical jump by almost a half of a foot, allowing him to pull off new dunks, while also amassing 15-20 lbs. of solid muscle.
Here is a video of Caleb knocking down a key 3 pointer in his team's quest to eventually become Ivy League Champions!
Athlete #3-Jon Carlson, Reserve player at the University of Nevada-Reno
In 10 weeks of training Jon took his bodyweight from 192 lbs. to 210 lbs. He improved his acceleration/speed by 2 tenths of second (2.93 seconds to 2.76 seconds fully electronic), and improved his vertical jump by almost a half of a foot (28" to 32")
Athlete #4-Zack Lessinger, Reserve player at Montana State Billings
I had the pleasure of working with Zack since he was finishing his 8th grade year up until his sophomore of college. Zack's progress, work ethic, and consistency was nothing short of remarkable during our entire time spent training together. He could barely perform a bodyweight squat without his knees collapsing, and his back hurting when we started. Zack squatted 315 lbs. (3 plates on each side) at a height of 6'7" entering his freshmen year at Montana State. Zack was the second person to put at least 12 inches on his vertical jump over the course of 4-5 years on our program as well. He improved in every athletic measure, and went from being a very slow and unathletic kid to someone who could move with grace and pretty well for their size. Zack also went to Montana State on a full ride scholarship!
Athlete #5-Moses Wood, Freshmen at Tulane University
Moses also received a full ride scholarship this past year and will be entering his freshmen year at Tulane. Like several others, Moses put on 20-30 lbs. of muscle during our training and also became much faster and quicker through specific tests that we utilize on a routine basis in our program to determine if the program is doing what it should be. He put several inches on his vertical jump and we expect big things from him in the future....(NBA??!!)
Athlete #6-Allison Gunderson, Basketball player at Bishop-Manogue High School
Ally (5'8") is shown here outjumping here opponent (6'2") at tipoff. Ally is now 17, and began training at the age of 13. During that time she has been consistent with her workouts and has put on 8 inches on her vertical jump (19-27")
Athlete #7-Riley Mello, Starting Forward at Douglas High School
And if you think middle school is too early to engage in athletic based training think again! Here is one of our past dedicated athletes along with all of the progress she made that is still paying dividends for her today in high school.
Riley Mello is a sixth grader from Douglas who has been on our program for almost 6 months now. Here is her progress. Please keep in mind that high injury incidence, growth (epiphyseal) plate closure, and more is a huge myth with youth athletes. The quicker they partake in athletic based training the better. Period!
Vertical Jump= 3" higher
20 yard dash (fully electronic)=3.86 to 3.69 seconds
40 yard dash (fully electronic=6.75 to 6.41
Box Squat=75 to 165 lbs!
Bench Press=65 to 85 lbs.
Cone Agility Drill=6.31 to 5.46 seconds
Travis Hansen, Program Creator and Director
We also believe that you should walk the walk before you talk the talk. I relentlessly and religiously followed our program for 4-5 years. During that time I went from being able to perform just a plain old vanilla one handed dunk, to being able to do a full windmill off of a bounce. My standing vertical jump went from 30" to 37" and my running vertical jump went from 39" to 46." Dave Gentry, owner of The Sourthrac is standing below me and he stands at the same height as me at 6"
Other notable program accomplishments:
*To date we have had 10 athletes attain their first ever dunk on our program.
*Several youth, high school, and collegiate players have gone through our program successfully.
*Endorsements from NBA Head strength and conditioning coaches
Jason Glover - Former Player Development Coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves
"Throughout my 29 years as a professional and collegiate basketball coach, I have worked closely with a variety of elite athletic trainers, and Travis is undoubtedly among the most professional and hard-working individuals I have encountered in the field. He has an exceptional knowledge base, and his positive, energetic demeanor is contagious. Athletes of all ages and skill levels will undoubtedly benefit from his training."