There’s not a lot else that can be said about Kobe Bryant in the last few days that hasn’t already been covered. If you put everything about his legendary career aside, he still has been an incredibly positive impact on the world, and Kobe Bryant’s influence has been felt the world over.
From his role as a husband and father to his humanitarian efforts and support of athletes of all levels, he’s left a mind-blowing impact. It’s not often that the passing of an individual has rocked the world this much and I wanted to dedicate this podcast to him.
This episode is a few things: It’s a quick look from my perspective on how influential Kobe Bryant was when it came to work ethic, dedication, and intensity. The other part is a look back at an interview I did a few years ago with L.A. Lakers strength and conditioning coach, Tim DiFrancesco.
Tim worked directly with Kobe and has some amazing insights and stories from a guy that he could only describe as “ruthless” in his work ethic on and off the court.
The podcast also has a lot of practical tips on improving your nutrition, and Tim’s development to work with world-class athletes – especially Kobe. We recorded it not long after Kobe’s last game which was one of the most amazing performances in sports history. Please check it out
My Personal Inspiration From Kobe
I mentioned this in the podcast, but there are many things I do when it comes to my own health and fitness that I forget are inspired by Kobe. His dedication to training and his work ethic were otherworldly.
We’ve learned so much about pushing through training when you don’t feel like it, getting in those extra reps, and adding in some more training when you have some extra time. These are things that I do myself and I realized they are from the influence of Kobe Bryant.
His training and work ethic made such an impression on my years ago and to this day, I feel a little voice in my head that tells me to go for that extra bike ride, or get up earlier to get to the gym – this is all from Kobe.
I do them now without thinking about it and that’s a powerful influence. You’ll hear the stories from Tim in this podcast about professionals who also took this inspiration away from their time with him.
The Kobe Bryant Influence You Can Apply To Your Own Life
You and I are probably not going to be making any professional teams anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean we can’t apply the same lessons and work ethic from someone like Kobe.
Whether you are a weekend warrior, play rec hockey, golf, tennis, or just like to workout a few times a week, you want to be the best version of yourself. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Laker or play at the YMCA, the intensity you apply is what matters.
The motivation from Kobe Bryant is all about pushing through – and this is something we all need. Whether it’s raining out and you don’t feel like getting out for a walk, or you only have 20 minutes at the gym, make the most of that time.
It doesn’t matter if you’re not a pro, you can still train like one. Allow this work ethic to help shape who you are, and the results will follow. Be extraordinary when others are ordinary and this will not only improve your fitness but your character.
Wrapping It Up
The loss of Kobe Bryant is indeed horrific. Fortunately, a legendary athlete like him will live forever. He’s impacted not just the sporting world, but the entire world so deeply that it’s impossible that he’ll be forgotten.
You just have to look at all the outpouring of grief happening all over to see how powerful his influence of Kobe Bryant was. On a smaller level, I hope you can adopt some of the intensity and work ethic that he has displayed over his life.
Ideally, you’ll be able to get it to the point as I have in that these ideals are so ingrained in you now you do them without thinking and they are part of who you are.
That’s the Kobe Bryant influence