The Daily Man-Up

March 2, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up

It was the summer of 2012 and a professional trainer named Rob was hired to train the USA basketball team that would be playing in the Olympics in London.

He had the opportunity to work with so

me of the best names in basketball:

Lebron James…

Carmelo Anthony…

Kevin Durant…

But the player who stood out amongst the stars was Kobe Bryant. 

Rob had worked with some of the other members of the USA basketball team before, but this would be his first interaction with Kobe.

In his first meeting with Kobe, Rob talked about what he specialized in, where Kobe would like to be by the end of summer, and about the hustle of his teammates. Rob then gave Kobe his number and told him to call him any time he wanted to do some extra conditioning work.

Two days later, Kobe woke up Rob with a call at 4:15am in the morning.

“Hey, uhh Rob, I hope I’m not disturbing anything right?”

“Uhh no, what’s up Kobe?”

“Just wondering if you could just help me out with some conditioning work, that’s all.”

“Yeah sure, I’ll see you in the facility in a bit.”

20 minutes later, Rob arrived at the training facility. There he saw Kobe–alone and drenched in so much sweat it looked like he’d just come from a pool.It was not even 5am yet!

The two of them worked on conditioning for about 75 minutes, then did about 45 minutes of weight training. Then at 7am, Rob went back to his hotel to get some quick rest before the day’s practice. Meanwhile, Kobe went back to the gym to practice his shooting.

Rob was expected back at 11am. So he slept a couple of hours, got a quick breakfast, and then headed back to the gym exhausted and sleep deprived.

When he arrived, he saw all of the members of Team USA there. Lebron was talking to Carmelo, Coach Krzyzewski was explaining something to Kevin Durant and, on the right side of the facility all by himself, Kobe was shooting jumpers.

Rob went up to Kobe and said, “Good work this morning.”


“Like, the conditioning. Good work.”

“Oh. Yeah, thanks Rob. I really appreciate it.”

“So when did you finish?”

“Finish what?”

“Getting your shots up. What time did you leave the facility?”

“Oh just now. I wanted 800 makes…so yeah, just now.”

Rob’s jaw dropped.

Kobe was drenched in sweat before 5am, worked with Rob on strength and conditioning for 2 hours, then made 800 shots between the hours of 7am and 11am.

And this all took place before practice!

At 34 years of age, with 5 NBA championships, 2 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player awards, 2 scoring titles, and soon to be 2 Olympic Gold Medals, Kobe was still waking up before 4am and working out for at least 7 hours before practice even began!

To those who have read about Kobe Bryant’s work ethic, this should not come as too much of a shock to you. He is widely recognized around the NBA as the hardest worker.

But this insane work ethic did not happen overnight. It has been the process of decades of hard work and dedication that began when Kobe was 12 years old.

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