From Hardwood, to Homeless, to Hardbody

Walking off the basketball court after losing 30+ consecutive basketball games as a head coach, most coaches in that position would be facing a high level of uncertainty regarding their immediate future with their employer and their lifestyle in the future, in general.

However, my immediate future was very clear to me. I knew that I was not going to be the head coach at Western New Mexico by the middle of following week and I knew that I had tough challenge ahead of me regarding how I was going to earn income in the next 60 days.

I had to accept the fact that my coaching career was officially over. My team just finished the season with 0 wins and 26 losses. That was preceded by the previous season’s record of 1 win and 25 losses. A career 9 wins and 70 losses over three seasons as a college basketball head coach! Sigh!!!

Utah State vs. Western New Mexico

Utah State vs. Western New Mexico

After 13 seasons in college basketball and four in high school, I would be changing careers to help support my then-wife and two children. During the early years, I had experienced conference championships, two NCAA tournaments and recruited highly ranked prospects as a Division I assistant coach. But, the many cross country moves chasing new opportunities and the pay cut at Western New Mexico had taken a toll on my family financially. So, there were no reserves available to help my single income family endure another job transition or an extended job search. I had exactly 60 days of income left and I wasn’t going to have more coming in immediately.

So, during the  lowest point in my life I had to come up with a plan. But, the plan included living without a home for myself, out of the back of my Ford Explorer for the next six months.

This story is about the origins of my life as a strength and conditioning coach and the start of the Adams Fit System.

Hopefully I can motivate one person who has or is experiencing financial difficulty, homeless-ness/houseless-ness, despair or desperation. With a plan and a strong will-to-win, you can come out of your temporary situation with nothing but lessons and memories of what once was.


“I don’t want to get bulky”

As a strength and conditioning coach, one of the most common things that I hear from women that I interview to train is “I don’t want to get bulky!”  This phrase is usually stated immediately after I reach for a set of dumbbells 10 lbs. or more.

“I simply want to tone my arms and firm up,” she says.  The belief is that by doing several steady pace cardio session, body weight squats and curling a 3lbs. dumbbells, they can affectively change their body in their desired time frame.

To avoid obtaining the “bulky” look, gym members are resorting to everything possible to avoid lifting weights. Kickboxing, hot yoga, trendy cardio based classes, cardio bar classes and just about anything OTHER than lifting weights. Frustration occurs when you have tried just about everything (other than weight training) and none of those things actually work.

So, let’s squash the myth once and for all!  LIFTING WEIGHTS WILL NOT MAKE YOU BULKY.

1. There is no such thing as “toned” muscles. There is muscle and then there is no muscle. By trying to not develop your muscles through exercise, you are actually not changing anything.

2. The lighter you lift, the weaker you get.  Changing your muscular development requires you to lift more than 30 reps with a 2 lbs. dumbbell. The only thing that is being accomplished by doing this overtime is weakening the muscle further.  You must lift within the range of achieving muscular failure, lifting no more than 12-15 reps per set.

3, “Lean” and “bulky” actually has more to do with body fat than it does with muscle. There are bodybuilders that have similar amounts of musculature but one can appear lean and the other can appear bulky. Too much body fat can cover hard earned muscle and less amounts of body fat can reveal beautifully developed muscle groups.

4. Fat does not turn into muscle.  You can eliminate fat or you can add to it, but you cannot moved fat around and transform it into muscle. But, you can burn lots of fat during a workout by lifting heavy weights.

5. “Female body builder and some fitness models appear bulky.” Body builder and fitness models go through a very rigorous weight training program and dieting phases that I would never suggest as healthy to anyone. In order to appear as they do on camera and during shows, they have to make significant sacrifices in their lifestyles.  I can assure you that they are not working out for 45 minutes every third days and eating healthy alone to achieve that look.

You can burn fat and change muscle during the same workout by using strength and conditioning exercises. Perhaps more than any other exercise program, weight lifting can achieve both goals within the same workout.  I conduct strength & conditioning exercises in Orange County, CA and would love to help anyone looking to change their bodies for the better.


The Mikan Progression Drill

The Mikan Drill has been one of my favorite drills as a player, a coach and a now as a basketball trainer. Many coaches use this drill to help their forwards and post players develop good footwork near the basket and scoring inside, but I also think perimeter players can benefit just as much from this drill.

Guards need the ability to finish consistently inside and focus on touch off the backboard.  Smaller players tend to be able to get in the lane unimpeded much more than bigs so finishing layups consistently can make the difference between winning and losing.

This video is a progression of drills that I have used over the years for beginners to college level athletes. The drills features very little tricks, just basic drills that leads to advance drills which will help build the confidence level or young athletes.

In each progression, focus on keeping the ball high (shoulder level), catching the ball and keeping your rhythm to get to the other side of the rim. Don’t count attempts where you’ve dropped the ball or miss the shot.

The players that I train must make 10 shots in a row without hitting the rim.  Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.

Mikan Progression

  1. Basic
  2. Power Stop
  3. Reverse
  4. Two Ball Basic
  5. Two Ball Reverse
  6. Under the leg

Mission: Hollywood


The mission of the Adams Fit System is to take every single client to their peak level on conditioning. Similar to the photo above, the Hollywood sign is a symbol of accomplishment at its peak. How do I accomplish this? Through detailed oriented exercise plans, goal setting, injury prevention and providing motivation to get clients to participate consistently during their training program to ensure results within their specific time frame.  What each client is looking to accomplish is different than the next client. So, the “One size fits all” philosophy may not achieve the same goals for all people. If you’re interested in the Adams Fit System, contact me now and we can schedule a consultation!

Adams Fit System Commercial

Triumph Media’s latest commercial for the Adams Fit System is here. Its been three years since I started AFS and my vision for this program is starting to take shape and the commercials that Triumph media has put together is allowing me to accurately depict how Adams Fit System should be featured. I’m excited to begin year three as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist and thanks for being present to experience my growth.

Greg Adams