Personal Basketball Trainers

What are Personal Basketball Trainers?

(and what they can do for you?)

Youth Personal Basketball Trainers (Personal Basketball Trainers – sometimes called “Professional Trainers”) are usually ex-NBA / WNBA players and / or College Stars that are highly skilled in the field of basketball training that provide services to basketball players. Some of these trainers are excellent motivational speakers as well. They will fully understand what it will take to play at the college and / or professional level. Good personal basketball trainers will train you hard and will get you ready to compete at the next level. They will show you different types of basketball skills and basketball drills to work on, and work you hard at them…

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Our Experience with Personal Basketball Trainers!

At first we didn’t know what to think about all this “personal trainer” stuff, but it didn’t take long to realize that our daughters were going to benefit tremendously from the workouts! Ganon worked them hard, found areas where they needed to improve, and told them straight up what it was going to take to play at the college level…

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“When we worked out, it was always intense (every drill at full speed) – he always focused on improving my strengths and weaknesses. He helped me become a better player (which allowed me to play at the College level).” Alison Petrin (Belmont Abbey, SVU)

Ganon Baker Basketball Services.


Personal Basketball TrainersGrambling has hired Nadine Domond to take over its women’s basketball program. Domond replaces former Grambling coach Patricia Cage-Bibbs, who is acting as the interim athletic director. Domond, who is a well-known basketball trainer across the country, played in the WNBA for the Sacramento Monarchs in 1998 after a four-year career at Iowa.

“The workouts and drills were intense (everything at full speed). She focused on improving my defense, and worked on my shot. I feel much more confident about playing high school basketball now.” Alexis Petrin (Warhill High School, VA)

 Nadine Domond Grambling Basketball


What to look for?

Usually personal basketball trainers are people who experienced playing at the college and professional or semi-pro level. It’s always best to check out their credentials prior to signing up for a bunch of sessions. Did they play in the NBA / WNBA? Were they College basketball stars? Who are some of their past and present clients? How long have they been a personal trainer? As a matter of fact, when you find a personal basketball trainer in your area, sign up for only one session. Check it out first so you’re not stuck paying for a bunch of sessions you are not going to get anything out of.


How much can you expect to pay?

You can expect to pay anywhere from $20 – $50 for one session. Many times personal basketball trainers will have 2-4 players in the session and charge less (knowing that most players may not be able to afford $45 a session). Expect the sessions to cost you some money – if you cannot afford a weekly session, you may want to only schedule a session once every two weeks (or as many as you can afford to attend).


Locating Personal Basketball Trainers:

A few Suggestions

1. Talk to your AAU / High School Coaches / Local Recreational Facilities.

2. Call local Colleges, ask for the strength and conditioning coach, ask if they know anyone?

3. Internet search – Type in Personal Basketball Trainers (your State) and start searching. Check out a Sample Website Here!

4. Talk to local Basketball organizations and clubs, such as AAU, etc. Coaches at this level may have information on personal trainers or be able to point you in the right direction.


The Session: (The Session should go something like this)

1. The trainer should work you very hard (expect this, and get yourself ready for it).

2. You should learn drills that you have not been “exposed” to before that will help you improve your game.

3. The trainer should evaluate your skill level and give you information on exactly what they feel your strengths and weaknesses are.

4. Be prepared to hear the truth, and sometimes it may not be what you are expecting to hear (or want to hear). An honest and straight forward personal basketball trainer that gives you the truth about your game will only help you in the long run.

5.You should leave the session with the feeling that it was well worth the money, and with lots of practice, will help improve your game.


Practicing (after the session):

Do you have the 3-D’s to make all this happen? Desire – Dedication – Discipline are the key to improving your skills. Of course all the sessions in the world cannot help you improve if you don’t work hard and practice. Players must make the commitment to make the time to practice on a consistent basis. Not practicing will only waste their parents money. Practice so hard that personal basketball trainers will be impressed every time they see you. Make them understand that you are serious about improving your game. You must make your personal trainer earn their fee! Make the best out of this valuable training experience, and you’ll see the results. Work hard to become the best basketball player that you can be!



Not all personal basketball trainers are alike. Some are really good at what they do and can help you become a better player, and some may not have the experience to help you improve your game? Be careful, choose wisely, and stop if it’s not helping you improve. But, stopping does not mean that you give up, it only means that you keep looking to find a personal basketball trainer that has the experience to help you achieve your goals. Work Hard!

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14 Responses to Personal Basketball Trainers

  1. I want to be good a ball handles. my offense, my defense, and to be a good player. And to grow taller fast.

  2. elijah says:

    i want to be an elite scorer and work on my shot consistency

  3. Michael lusthaus says:

    I want to shoot a lot better and have better ball handling skills and get taller and stronger faster

  4. Jalonzo Shamar Jackson says:

    I want to be one of the best players in high school and I need you coaches help to make me better so can you help me please

  5. GPetrin says:

    If you want to be the best, you need to work harder than everyone else. My best advice to you would to concentrate on skill work. For example Ball Handling, look at all our ball handling video clips and work hard to develop your skills. Also, you should be taking over 200 shots per day (as least). Hope this helps.

  6. Jacob West says:

    I want to work on and improve my ball handling skills, as well as my shooting. I want to be faster, stronger, but consistent at the same time. I am determined and have what it takes.

  7. Daniel January Nwankwo says:

    I have looking for a personal trainer

  8. Shantavia says:

    I want to work on and improve my ball handling skills, as well as my shooting. I want to be faster, stronger, but consistent at the same time. Also be an aggressive player.

  9. Melvin says:

    Are there any Basketball Trainers in St.Louis, I want to learn from the best you’ve got.

  10. KSmith says:

    I need advice, I can shoot and my strong still is defense but I really just want more work on simple drills to help me read the court and fast breaks… please help I feel as though my confidence is disappearing

  11. GPetrin says:

    This may help you get back on track. Read this As far as reading the court the best way to increase this skill is to practice ball handling with dribbling glasses or tennis ball drills. All these drills can be found under our Dribbling / Ball Handling section Good Luck!

  12. Lamar church says:

    I want to work more on my handling skills and shooting and strength and passing Im 15 i live in savannah Georgia

  13. Christian Fleming says:

    I want to bean elite scorer with fast handles with good shot consestintly

  14. Josh says:

    Dont let them fool you just because they played semi-pro or NBA . That doesnt mean anything unless your gettinf trained by the GOAT at every position. Meaninf michael jordan, magic johnson , tim duncan , shaq . Passion and results it what you should look for .

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