Nov 11, 2016
Fun with Warmups

Before an athlete can perform and compete at a high level, they need to warm up their muscles and mind. High knees, lunges, jogging, and stretching are all common ways to prepare the body for a training session or game, but when these exercises become routine they can often fail to get an athlete in a focused state of mind. That is why Boston Celtics Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Bryan Doo is always changing things up.

According to, dodgeball, capture the flag, and other modified versions of playground classics have become a hit among the Celtics players who are happy to embrace a fun and exciting way to warm up. Now entering his 14th season with the team, Doo’s drills on the court and in the weightroom have been praised by former stars like Kevin Garnet and continue to thrive under the leadership of Head Coach Brad Stevens and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge.

One purpose of this unorthodox approach is to keep players from getting bored. But like any strength and conditioning coach, Doo also wants to make sure that his athletes are both mentally and physically ready to perform.

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“What I try to do is get the players so they’re ready to practice, so Coach doesn’t have to deal with them not being focused,” Doo said. “I might have a plan in my head, but then I might be like, ‘You know what, they’re not listening, let’s do something different.’

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