SI- Outside Magazine has the story of Korver's crazy workouts, which he does only once a year. It's a concept his trainer, Marcus Elliot, calls misogi. The tasks are so gruelling they will hopefully leave a lasting impression. "If it’s hard enough," Elliot explains, "the lesson will last."
This year's misogi involved a 5k relay along the ocean floor while carrying two different stones, one 85.2 points, the other 68.5 pounds. Oh, and the stretch of the Pacific they had chosen in Southern California had recently been the site of shark attacks.
Might be time to find a new trainer Kyle. There's a fine line between innovative and stupid. A fine line between genius and insanity. I am sure that relaying a 80 pound boulder through shark infested waters is mentally and physically draining. Know what else is mentally and physically draining? Carrying a huge rock through non-shark infested waters. If were being honest, it's probably nearly as draining to carry a gigantic rock through a swimming pool and there isn't an imminent threat of death. After the Ben Roethlisberger and Jason Williams incidents athletes are prohibited, by contract, to ride motorcycles. Most athletes are also prohibited from playing any other sport but their own in the offseason. Might be time to get a little more specific with our contract clauses. I am not sure how you would write that up, but Kyle Korver's contract should be void as soon as he enters a body of water that is known for man-eating fish.
We aren't talking about a UFC fighter here. We aren't talking about someone that routinely risks their life for their career. We are talking about Kyle Korver. The guy who gets paid to stand 30 feet from the basket and nail open three pointers. That's his whole career. He isn't banging down low in the paint. He's isn't battling with 300 pound behemoths on the defensive line. Kyle Korver could consider himself unlucky if he has to make contact with another basketball player more than ten times a game. It's not like they expect the Wonderbread white boy sharp shooter to play a hounding style of defense. All he has to do is be able to nail threes from a half mile away from the basket on a regular basis. I would think a valid training regimen for that would be jogging a few times week, lifting a weight or two, and shooting basketballs until your hands get callus. Not creating the opening scene for Jaws 6.