[SamRines.com] Social media and youtube has made it easy for anyone to become a basketball trainer. Trainers are no longer masters of their craft, they are the best at marketing their workouts to a player’s parents.

When a trainer adopts a drill without knowing the details behind what makes it useful, it becomes counterproductive. Whether it be Better Basketball, Gannon Baker, or Impossible Workouts, all good individual training begins with teaching. There is no secret recipe to success, there is simply understanding, hard work, and repetition.

Bilal Benn, former Villanova and Niagara star, now Impossible Trainer, fully understands the issue of training and retaining. Benn states, “A trainer you must train an hour per day for 3 to 5 days per week to maintain your skills… Players don’t know the difference between a teacher and a workout guy. Parents don’t want to pay teachers, they don’t invest in people who know the game. There is an epidemic of non basketball players teaching basketball.”

I agree. I believe that most players don’t want to master the basics. Repetition is boring. But, if you do something everyday, you will eventually become better at it. Now the question becomes, what are you practicing everyday and will it translate to a game?


Here are some key differences between a teacher and a trainer:

A teacher:

  1. Pays attention to the drill and the details to make sure it’s done correctly.
  2. Makes sure to do the drill multiple times in order to learn through repetition.
  3. Will make sure you do everything with the correct form and posture.
  4. Will make sure you understand the basics before you move to the advanced drills.
  5. A teacher will explain how the drill will translate to a game.

A trainer:

  1. Pushes you game speed through the drills.
  2. He tries to give you as many drills as possible.
  3. Is known for using multiple props to make drill harder.
  4. Uses multiple balls for difficulty.
  5. Adds speed and agility to the workout.