In-Season X-Factor #4



Guest Post From Coach Mike Mahon, CSCS, Professional Basketball Performance Consultant

Dear aspiring basketball players and coaches,

Thank you so much for tuning into to our 4th and final installment of “Your In-Season X-Factor” today.

It’s my clear intention that you use every word in today’s article to your teams/self advantage, so be sure to pay close attention to every word on this page, and make sure to read all the way to the very end, O.K.?


Also before you get all the way to the end, I’d also like to note for you to be 100% sure you read our previous 3 “Your In-Season X-Factor” articles today.

If you haven’t read them yet, do so at:



Your future-self will thank you I PROMISE!

Enough with the intro, let’s get you the In-Season edge with today’s X-Factor:

Introducing In-Season X-Factor #4: ‘Peak Performance Nutrition’


Now I want you to know that achieving ‘Peak Performance Nutrition is much more complex then what you’re actually reading today.

The good news is that you don’t have to know all the complexities in order to effectively use this strategy. I want you to know that I’m 100% positive that the information you receive today will give you the winning edge you desire IF YOU USE IT!

With that in mind, here’s what you should focus on:


Did you know that the moment you realize that you’re thirsty you’re already dehydrated. Not everyone does, and even mild forms of dehydration can cause dips in basketball performance during the season. The solution you ask? Drink water throughout the day… all day every day… by carrying a jug of water with you at all times. I have personally used this strategy for years and know it will work for you to keep you hydrated, focused. Best of all, you’ll even avoid the pesky side effects of dehydration like fatigue, cramps, headaches, nausea, and a whole lot of other things you have no business experiencing during games, practices, or training sessions.


When it comes to eating in-season make sure that your team/self are eating foods consisting of the 3 major macronutrients:


  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Fats


By including the ‘Big 3’ macronutrients in daily in-season meals, your team/you will experience balanced energy, stamina, and strength to keep you fueled all season strong, all season long.


Here’s a sample meal that you can make any time:


Quinoa with Blueberries and Almond Milk with Flax Seed Oil


The Flax contains healthy fats and Quinoa is packed with healthy carbohydrates and protein that will build real ‘In-Season Strength’ to dominate both ends of the floor.


…And If you/your team ever get bored of the quinoa, add some honey to level things up.


It works…TRUST ME!





When it’s in-season time, you/your team can’t afford to forget about eating.

That’s why I’m going to share a list today of quick snacks that any player or coach can carry with them all the time for a quick boost.


  • Trail mix
  • Plant-Based Protein Bars by VegaSport
  • A bag of cashews, almonds, and peanuts
  • Ready to Drink Plant-Based Protein Drink by Orgain


Pretty simple stuff, RIGHT?

You’ll notice that everything listed here is plant-based, which the Mike Lee has been an advocate of for over 4 years now. Due to the diet reducing inflammation, making recovery easier, and a plethora of other reasons —NBA superstars like Kyrie Irving are adapting this diet.


Congratulations now you know your ABC’s of in-season ‘Peak Performance Nutrition’. Like all of the previous ‘In-Season X-Factors’ that I’ve shared with you, it’s important to note that these things only work if you apply them. It’s my hope that you enjoyed this series and it helps you to take your team’s/self game to the highest level you possibly can this season and dominate!

If you enjoyed this series/article (…AND I KNOW YOU DID! ;D) be sure to share this article, and Thrive3 with all of your basketball coaching/playing friends. This way we can change the game for the better together!

Have a great season!

Dedicated to your basketball success,


Coach Mike Mahon, CSCS, Professional Basketball Performance Consultant

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