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Episode 115: Cory Schlesinger, Evidence Based Strength and Conditioning for Basketball
Episode 11510th June 2020 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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Guest: Cory Schlesinger, Phoenix Suns Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Phoenix Suns Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Cory Schlesinger joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss evidence based strength and conditioning ideas for basketball.

Schlesinger is finishing his first season in the NBA working as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Phoenix Suns.

Prior to the league, he was the Director of Basketball Performance at Stanford University. In his time on The Farm, he has revolutionized in-season strength training for collegiate student-athletes, with a method that is now internationally recognized. He has been a chosen presenter on both the national and international stage, sharing his philosophy in strength training to other experts and colleagues in the field. He is continuously sharing his knowledge and experience on multiple platforms, including podcasts, satellite radio and several public speaking engagements.

Prior to joining the staff at Stanford, Schlesinger spent three years as the Assistant Director of Sports Enhancement at UAB, where he worked with head coach Jerod Haase and oversaw the men’s basketball program’s strength and conditioning needs.

He owns a decade of experience as a strength and conditioning coach, having also spent three seasons at Santa Clara. During his time with the Broncos, Schlesinger worked directly with the men’s and women’s basketball programs.


1:00 - What a Strength Coach can do for him

4:00 - Perception Action Coupling

6:00 - Season Conditioning

9:00 - Flop

10:31 - 11:02 - ARMCHAIR MEDIA BetOnline AD for June

13:00 - Mindlessness

15:00 - Aerobic and Anaerobic Training

18:00 - Toughness through Physical Condition

21:00 - Recovery for players

25:00 - Tapering

27:00 - Value of Stimulating the Central Nervous System

32:00 - Slow Learning Reps

36:00 - The most specific type of training

38:37 - 39:08 - ARMCHAIR MEDIA BetOnline AD for June

39:00 - Importance of integration

43:00 - Dictating Closeout to Players

48:00 - Planning

50:00 - Concept of Upright Defensive Stance

55:00 - Lack of Formal Education in terms of Sports Science

57:00 - Reputation from his Creativity

1:00:00 - Micro Dosing

1:06:00 - Block practice versus Random Practice

1:09:00 - Strengthening Coach

1:11:00 - Conclusion

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