Holt, Zeisloft discuss Indiana’s offseason workouts

  • 07/17/2015 1:51 pm in

When Lyonel Anderson was introduced to the media as Indiana’s new strength and conditioning, he mentioned thinking “outside the box” would be a focus of the program he planned to run in Bloomington.

Indiana’s offseason continues to move along quickly. On Thursday, two Hoosiers returnees spoke about some of the similarities and also the differences between Anderson and Je’Ney Jackson.

“Coach Lyonel is a young cat so he brings a lot of energy,” Emmitt Holt said at Assembly Hall. “Coach Jackson, he brought a lot of energy but he was more mature, more settled down. Lyonel has a lot of ideas that he likes to try out and they work.”

Videos posted on the program’s SnapChat and YouTube account have shown Anderson participating in workouts with the players.

Video: A look inside an IU sandpit workout
Video: A look inside IU’s offseason workouts

Some of those workouts have included the use of elevation training masks and also a new sandpit that was recently constructed near Assembly Hall. According to redshirt senior Nick Zeisloft, Anderson is a “little more involved” when it comes to the offseason workouts.

“Coach Jackson would kind of pick and choose when to show off his strengths, and he knows that’s the case too,” Zeisloft said. “The first day that I was here in the summer, I got back a little late and did my workouts at a different time. He (Coach Anderson) did his workout with the first group, and then would do it all over again with me. He’s very passionate, has a lot of energy, and doesn’t seem to get very tired ever.”

Phase two of Indiana’s offseason, as Tom Crean called it in early June, consists of up to eight hours per week with the coaching staff. Only two of those hours can be spent on skill instruction.

In addition, there are workouts with Anderson, which Zeisloft said the new strength and conditioning coach likes to switch up.

“There’s not really a ‘this is what it’s going to be everyday,'” he said. “Sometimes we go two weeks of things then the next two weeks are different. Or, sometimes it’s one week’s one thing and the next week is a different thing. Sometimes we’ve had heavy lifting weeks, sometimes we’ve had heavy intensive agility weeks so it’s been alternating a lot.”

The elevation masks and sandpit training are two new additions to the offseason program, but have been welcome additions both players say they are enjoying.

Holt said that he’s been asked around campus about the masks, which are designed to simulate training at a higher elevation.

“The main question is about the masks and ‘Do they really work?’,” Holt said. “And the answer is that they do.”

“You just don’t breathe as much,” Zeisloft said about the masks. “Oxygen intake and you really have to focus on your breathing to get the amount of breath you need in to sustain conditioning, agility or whatever we’re doing that day – a jump program or whatever … As we get better with it, we continue to increase.”

The purpose of the sandpit seems to be primarily in the areas of increasing explosiveness and improving running form.

“I think we’re using a part of our body that we haven’t been able to unlock before,” Holt explained. “He (Coach Anderson) emphasizes the hip and how that can make you faster, be more explosive and whatnot. Just unlocking parts of our body that we really haven’t been using before and using that to our advantage.”

“Learning different running forms, planting and different agility drills,” Zeisloft added on the sand training. “Stuff that is tougher in the sand and it can definitely increase your quickness and explosiveness and we’ve definitely been working on that with Coach Lyonel a lot this summer.”

This is the first full summer on campus for both Holt and Zeisloft.

The sophomore from Webster (N.Y.) didn’t arrive in Bloomington last year until late August. Zeisloft, who transferred from Illinois State last offseason, didn’t get into the thick of things last offseason until later in the summer when the team was preparing for its trip to Montreal.

The redshirt senior believes having the team together on campus all summer will pay dividends come the fall.

“I would say more camaraderie, more understanding of what guys are going to be on the court, more timing,” he said. “We had a lot of new guys come in last year and we didn’t have the months of the summer to work together. This summer we’ve had everybody here the whole time and it’s been great.”

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  • hoosier93

    I love that we hired Quincy Acy.

  • Kwang

    I didn’t hear about that. Who is Quincy Acy?

  • hoosier93

    Quincy Acy is an NBA player.

  • Kwang

    What was he hired to do?

  • hoosier93

    He wasn’t hired to do anything. Anderson just resembles him somewhat. Just Google Quincy Acy. He played at Baylor a few years ago. Bald, big beard and one of the most intense players you’ll find.

  • David Macer

    I’ve watched the sand pit video a couple times. No is no way I could have done half the things these kids are doing when I was that age.

  • Robert Golden

    Quincy was smart getting out before Scott Drew could ruin him any further.

  • Robert Golden

    I think Holt has Bill Russell potential.

  • hoosier93

    Scott Drew has been at Baylor since 2003. Quincy Acy played from 2008-2012. He kind of had to leave lol.

  • Btown88

    I’m impressed how cut Nick Z, heck they all look cut.

  • Robert Golden

    Scott Drew cannot coach the big boys. Have always said it. Only one reason top players have headed his way.

  • Kwang

    Eh, faching around with me. Thanks for nothing.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall


  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Love the new training techniques. When Blake Griffin was at Oklahoma he was working with an anonymous trainer and sand was the emphasis of his physical training to get ready for the NBA.

  • TomJameson

    If absolutely nothing else, working out in sand has to improve the explosiveness and jumping ability.

  • If he was just three inches taller… Gosh it’d be nice if he’d grow at least an inch. Bill was easily 6′ 9″…

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    All the best and right decisions made by the IU administration in hiring the top talented personnel. A trainer is a big component of any program.

  • hoosier93

    Not my fault you don’t know who Quincy Acy is lol.

  • hoosier93

    Well you may be right. But he walked into a big time mess at Baylor. And has done a fairly good job with it.

  • MK

    Wow you know who Quincy Acy is, what a basketball historian you are!

  • MK

    I truly believe Emmit Holt will be better then Tim Duncan

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    EH is actually closers to 6′ 8″ then 6′ 7″ this is EHs year he is the one that has the opportunity let’s see what he does.

  • TomJameson

    I respect your beliefs MK … but at this point, after 1 “learning” year in college, that is a very huge leap. Tim Duncan is undeniably a super-star. He’ll always be mentioned when talking about some of the best “bigs”. It could be true, but it’ll take a while to establish that truth. 🙂

  • hoosier93

    Tim Duncan is the greatest PF to play the game. And one of the best PF or C’s to play the game. Right up there with Wilt, Shaq, Kareem.

  • hoosier93

    Draymond Green could be a legit potential for Holt. If he works on his handling and his lateral quickness then he’ll get there.

  • So I guess you’ve measured him? When he showed up a year ago, they measured him at 6′ 6″.. Now at that age it is possible he’s gorwn some.. but have you read that somewhere as an official measurement? Or are you just shootin’ from the hip and wishing?

  • Hoosier Hall

    I like that comparison. I’m pretty sure MK was joking about the whole Tim Duncan thing. Emmitt has a lot of that hustle, right place-right time kind of play in him. He is primed for a solid year I think.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    Well… I thought that all of the recruiting sites had him at 6′ 8 when they listed him at 6′ 7″. I guess I was shooting from the hip but not intentional.

  • I really wasn’t trying to ‘call you out’ on it.. I was hoping he would grow a little. No matter how long his arms are, height is actually a lot more helpful.. If he really would get to 6′ 8″ it would make him significantly better in my eyes at least. It’s so hard anymore because so many places have such different ways of measuring, it’s hard to know what a player’s actual height is…lol.. Thought maybe you had read something I hadn’t heard about.


    My biggest hope is that it will increase their lateral speed as well, and I think we all know why that needs to vastly improve.


    Now that is what I call a whoooooole lot of optimism !! And I soooooo hope your are right, especially since he stayed and played all four years in college. lol

  • MK

    guys….I was joking…..

  • TomJameson

    lol … I think a lot of the drills we’ve seen seem to focus on defensive postures, or defensive movements. I really think they’ve been working pretty hard on defense. Just as long as they keep up the shooting drills also!

  • TomJameson

    I’ve thought about this for a couple of days, and I think that is a very good potential … for what you’ve said and Hoosier Hall.

  • curtis south

    Look last year had to be terrible for these kids with the Davis injury! I like this kid! I thing IU is going to be a beast for the country this coming year! Yogi and Troy will do their best to assure this!