Training Camp: A Day in the Life with Mavs Rookie Kyle Collinsworth

What does a typical day look like for an NBA rookie?  I don’t know if there is a “typical” day, but the following pretty closely approximates what a weekday non-game day looks like for me.

Morning Routine

From High school basketball to BYU and now on the Dallas Mavericks I wake up at 7:15 a.m. The very first thing I like to do when I wake up is read over my goals. I love to close my eyes and visualize me having success throughout the day and moving forward in achieving my goals. I like to read something wholesome (scriptures, good quotes), and pray. I will always do those 3 things every morning to help get me in a good state of mind. I believe my morning routine is unique and this is what gives me an edge. I always talk about doing the little things and this is something that may seem little, but it’s created great success for me.

green_smoothieAfter that I walk to the practice facility while drinking 1 liter of water.  By 8 a.m. I arrive at the arena and eat breakfast and relax for 10 minutes. I usually have an omelet and some fruit and oatmeal. I then make my morning green smoothie (subscribe to the newsletter to get the recipe). Sometimes in the morning I wake up sore and stiff so it’s all about loosening my body up before practice. I love to sit in the hot tub for 10 minutes and stretch while I’m in there.

Since I’m nice and loose and warm after the hot tub I roll out my legs and loosen my ankles and feet.  I go get changed and taped and review some film on my ipad for about 10 minutes. I go to the bathroom and then go out and get early work in before weights starts. I like to find something specific I want to work on and work on it for 30 minutes.

Practice

At BYU we practiced in the afternoons, but now with the Dallas Mavericks practice starts at 9:30 a.m.  I start with weights, where we do a lot of explosive lifting. We like to go slow down and explode up on all of our lifts. With our squat we get our feet pretty wide and go slow down and explode up as fast as we can. We do the same with our upper body lifts too. It’s all about being quick and explosive so that’s how we train.

Similar to at BYU our practices are about 2 hours long. We run through the plays a lot and work on execution. We compete against each other a lot and we get up and down and play. It’s pretty hands on and intense for about 2 hours a day.

Post-Practice Practice and Recovery

I Work with God ShammGod on my ball handling and pull up jumpers. If you don’t know who that is check out this video from YouTube.

He created a move called the ShammGod of “El Latigo” (the whip) which is famous still to this day. He played college at Providence and played Pro basketball for about 10 years.

Right when I’m done with everything I drink a lot of water and have a protein shake with some fruit. I try to get the protein shake and fruit right away to help start the recovery process. On days that I’m really sore I will ride the bike for 5 minutes to push out some of the lactic acid.

I will then roll out on foam roller and stretch with a band. This usually is about 10 minutes max. I don’t like to jump in the cold pool all tight and stiff. I want to be nice and loose and then get in the cold pool.

I get specific treatment depending on what I need and then hit the cold pool for 10 minutes. The cold pool is about 52 degrees and I get in waist-deep.

Finally, I take a shower and eat at the arena. By the time I’m eating it’s been about 40 minutes post practice and it’s important that I eat soon so I can hit that anabolic window and help maximize recovery. I will bring food home with me and eat again an hour and a half later. I like to get a lot of food in after practice.  Before I leave the arena I make a smoothie and walk back home (around 2 p.m. finish with practice and everything).

Down Time

When I get home I will spend about 15 minutes watching some film and looking over some plays. I’ve played positions 1-4 so far during camp, so I need to make sure I have all the plays done super good. After I watch film I take a complete mental and physical break from basketball. Right after film it’s time to relax and think about something else.

Some days we come back around 6 p.m. and get up some extra work. On these days when I get home from practice around 2pm I try to take a little nap.

Since college at BYU during my downtime I love to work on my blog, read, and watch movies. I usually just sit and chill because I’m so tired. I love to cook food so I will usually make dinner for myself. There is a Whole Foods not far from me so about 2-3 times a week I go to whole foods and get groceries.

Right now I am watching a TV show called Longmire so I will usually watch one episode of that.  I also try to read for at least 30 minutes. I’m currently reading a book by Tony Robbins purchase here that helps you take care of your money and know how to save.

I also love to spend time working on my blog and writing post and answering comments and questions people send me.

Something else that is unique about me is that I go to bed pretty early. I went to bed pretty early at BYU as well. I try to be asleep by 10:30 p.m., but that usually ends up being 11:00 p.m. by the time I fall asleep. I usually get about 8 hours of sleep. I try to get a full hour of sleep in before midnight because they say that any hour of sleep before midnight is worth two hours because it allows you to get into a deep sleep. So I try to get at least one full hour before midnight.

And that is what a day looks like for me being a Professional Athlete with the Dallas Mavericks!

Comment back with any questions you have for me!

About Kyle

Kyle Collinsworth is a professional basketball player, currently playing for the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. He is a also a health coach, motivational speaker, and author or multiple books on health and fitness.

43 Comments

  • Jason S
    Jason S
    28.10.2016

    Dave Ramsey’s “The Total Money Makeover” is the best money book out there. No gimmicks or having to spend money to learn, just old fashioned advice.

    Been a Mavs fan since the 80s, happy to have you on the team

    • Kyle Collinsworth
      Kyle Collinsworth
      28.10.2016

      I’ve heard that’s a good one ! that’s on my list of books to read! Thanks for the comment!

  • Laura
    Laura
    25.10.2016

    Kyle, It was great to read about your typical day. During last season, my 10 year old started saying he didn’t want Ranch on his salad anymore. He would eat the whole thing plain. When I asked him why, he said he wanted to eat clean. Last night we did some get to know you games with our family. One question was “Who is your Hero?” My son said, “Kyle Collinsworth,” without hesitation. I am glad he has a good role model to look up to in sports. I will have to make him some meals from your blog. Let me know if you have any ideas on where you would start with up and coming athletes. Wish you the best in Dallas!

    • Kyle Collinsworth
      Kyle Collinsworth
      25.10.2016

      That is awesome! Best thing for now is just to get him to eat healthy now. So important at a young age cause all his bones and joints are growing and this is the time food will have the biggest impact on him. I would suggest making him a healthy green smoothie everyday. They are pretty good tasting, but a really good for you. Let me know what you think

    • Kyle Collinsworth
      Kyle Collinsworth
      25.10.2016

      If you really want to get serious the best thing you can do is to have him drink bone broth. I wrote a blog post all about it and through all my research i’m convinced its the best thing a person could have, especially a young person. Huge for the bones and joints and ligaments

  • David
    David
    25.10.2016

    Good luck this season. Hopefully you get another shot on an NBA roster this year.

    • Kyle Collinsworth
      Kyle Collinsworth
      25.10.2016

      Thanks man! I will no doubt about it!

  • CLELLA sTILES
    CLELLA sTILES
    17.10.2016

    I loved reading your blog about your training, but I don’t see anything about leaving a few minutes a day for that cute wife of yours. She must feel pretty left out.

    • Kyle Collinsworth
      Kyle Collinsworth
      17.10.2016

      She is finishing up her last year in college with running and school so she doesn’t live down here with me right now. However, there is always a big chunk of time set aside to FaceTime her and talk 🙂 Thanks for your compliments on the blog!

  • Robert
    Robert
    16.10.2016

    Kyle,
    Loved the article and love your game!
    Did you ever consider going to Utah?
    Also, do you think BYU’s system hurts the development of potential NBA players like Jimmer by not focusing on screens, defense , passing, and moving without the ball?
    Thanks!
    Robert

    • Kyle Collinsworth
      Kyle Collinsworth
      17.10.2016

      Thank you so much! Yeah I did at one point consider it. I was very open in my recruiting process and was open to go anywhere that was the best fit for me. I think the NBA style is a lot different so it’s a big adjustment coming from any college to pros. The pro style is a very heavy pick n roll type game so it would of been nice if we did more of that for sure.

  • Quinton
    Quinton
    13.10.2016

    We will miss seeing you play for the Cougs this year but I’m excited to follow your progression. How’s the jump shot coming along and the adjustment to the NBA caliber athleticism?

    • Kyle Collinsworth
      Kyle Collinsworth
      13.10.2016

      Things are coming a long good. It’s for sure a lot faster speed and a lot better athletes. The more reps I get the more the game slows down.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13.10.2016

    5

  • Tim Porter
    Tim Porter
    13.10.2016

    Hey Man, great article! I was wondering if you could post your workout and any tips you have. I will miss seeing you in cougar blue.

    • Kyle Collinsworth
      Kyle Collinsworth
      13.10.2016

      Thanks a lot man! Yeah I’ll post some stuff like that in the future! What specific tips are you looking for?

      • Tim
        Tim
        17.10.2016

        Any tips would work great. Mass building, speed training, explosiveness etc. Any workouts or exercises that you love.

  • tanner Austin
    tanner Austin
    13.10.2016

    Keep Grindin bro. Best of luck!

    • Kyle Collinsworth
      Kyle Collinsworth
      13.10.2016

      My man! Thanks bro! #provohigh

  • Christian
    Christian
    13.10.2016

    Hey man, I’ve loved watching you play and reading about your experiences. Coming off back to back season ending surgeries, I relate with you really well.

    Quick question for you. So I’m a club sport athlete at a university, so we’ve got a pretty demanding workout/practice schedule, but we don’t get a lot of the perks that comes with being an athlete of a sanctioned sport. Im trying to make sure to get the right food in my body, but it’s tougher on a tight budget. Do you have any books or resources that are a little more economic? Thanks man!

    • Kyle Collinsworth
      Kyle Collinsworth
      13.10.2016

      The best book I have ever read regarding nutrition is called, DEEP NUTRITION. it’s a great book. I know buying organic kale and spinach and all your greens is actually pretty cheap. You can get a weekly amount of greens for under 20$ dollars. Do you live in the Utah County area?

      • Christian
        Christian
        14.10.2016

        I live up in Logan. Any recommendations?

        • Kyle Collinsworth
          Kyle Collinsworth
          14.10.2016

          Do you have a WholeFoods grocery store up there? Or something close to that?

  • Mr. Kelly Enright
    Mr. Kelly Enright
    13.10.2016

    Kyle, I love reading about how you take care of yourself physically, nutritionally, psychologically, spiritually, and fiscally. All are important pieces of a successful life, whether in the NBA or working in the business world. Keep grindin’!!

    • Kyle Collinsworth
      Kyle Collinsworth
      13.10.2016

      Thank you so much! feel free to comment on that blog with success you have had or anything that has worked really well for you! the more comments the more we all can learn and read!

  • David Perez
    David Perez
    13.10.2016

    Keep working hard man! One day me and Rene will be mixing at your party when you win the finals!

    • Kyle Collinsworth
      Kyle Collinsworth
      13.10.2016

      Haha no doubt my man! Thanks! Hope all is well

  • Andy Isom
    Andy Isom
    13.10.2016

    Enjoyed the post Kyle! Good luck with the upcoming season

    • Kyle Collinsworth
      Kyle Collinsworth
      13.10.2016

      Thanks bro! #Provohigh

  • Brian
    Brian
    13.10.2016

    Thanks for sharing some information about your typical day and thanks for being such a great example to me and my kids. We loved watching you on the court at BYU and look forward to what ever you can do for the Mavericks. Good luck and thanks again!

    • Kyle Collinsworth
      Kyle Collinsworth
      13.10.2016

      No Problem! Thank you so much!

  • Silongo Samani
    Silongo Samani
    13.10.2016

    I gotta agree with Matt! What an awesome read brotha! One love!

    • Kyle Collinsworth
      Kyle Collinsworth
      13.10.2016

      thanks a lot Uce!

  • Matt Taylor
    Matt Taylor
    13.10.2016

    Great read man!

    • Kyle Collinsworth
      Kyle Collinsworth
      13.10.2016

      Thanks bro!

  • Chase marstElla
    Chase marstElla
    13.10.2016

    The Mavericks have had some experience with LDS players (Shawn Bradley). Do the other players on the team ask much about the LDS faith, your mission to Russia, etc.?

    • Kyle Collinsworth
      Kyle Collinsworth
      13.10.2016

      All the time. I will get asked at least one question about my religion everyday. People will always ask about my mission and what being LDS really is.

      • Chase Marstella
        Chase Marstella
        14.10.2016

        Which teammate has asked the most questions?

        • Kyle Collinsworth
          Kyle Collinsworth
          14.10.2016

          Dirk has asked a lot

  • Blake
    Blake
    12.10.2016

    Hey Kyle, who’s your favorite teammate on the Mavs, and how do you like the city of Dallas so far?

    • Kyle Collinsworth
      Kyle Collinsworth
      13.10.2016

      I like all my teammates. Dirk is probably the funniest and one of the nicest people I have ever met!

      • Kyle Collinsworth
        Kyle Collinsworth
        13.10.2016

        I love the city of Dallas! It’s an amazing place

  • Blake
    Blake
    12.10.2016

    Hey Kyle, whose your favorite teammate on the Mavs, and how do you like the city of Dallas so far?

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