BANGOR – Matt MacKenzie spends his days making adjustments to basketball players’ games, but in today’s world he’s had to that and more.
“I think it’s stressful for everybody but we just have to be creative and stay positive and make sure that the kids out there that want to get better can get better on their own,” MacKenzie said.
After taking a few weeks off to monitor COVID-19 he started getting messages from athletes wondering how they could still train effectively.
Mackenzie knew he had to do something.
“I collaborated with a couple other trainers that work in different states and we chatted about things that work well for them and my ideas and I put together a spreadsheet or a PDF that I sent out to all my trainees with some different opportunities,” he said.
From there he categorized his sessions by skill level and if the player has a basket or not. For example, he has an NBA session, which stands for “no basket available.”
Brewer basketball guards, Colby Smith and Dylan Huff, took part in MacKenzie’s first virtual training session over Zoom on Wednesday.
“It’s more of a workout less of a training session. It’s a way for me to guide their workout and give them strategies and ideas of things they can do to get better,” MacKenzie said.
“It was different, but it was also effective because you know we basically did all the stuff we would do at the results facility but now we’re at home,” Smith said.
It’s not the same, but it’s something. Nonetheless, the two are thankful to have the ability to make progress.
“Means a lot I mean he doesn’t just do this with anyone he picks out like a handful of kids just I feel like we have a very close relationship with him me and Colby we’ve been with him for a while now,” Huff said.
MacKenzie added that he is taking in new athletes and if they’re interested in training to visit his website.