When did you first start working with Jeremy?
Phil: Last August on a referral from his skills coach Doc Scheppler.
How long did he work out with you?
Phil: Through October, right before the lockout broke.
Was he just coming off his knee surgery when he started at Sparta?
Phil: He was shortly removed from his procedure and looking for a place to seamlessly transition from rehab into performance training; a place where he could get the benefit of both.
I saw where he was only squating like 110 lbs coming in, was that due to the injury?
Phil: The injury and lack of lower body maximal strength.
Is his knee 100%?
Phil: Don't know if any pro athlete is ever 100% once the season starts but it is healthy and stable, yes.
What types of gains did you see with Jeremy over his time there?
Phil: Jeremy gained 12 pounds (15 pounds of muscle), improved his standing jump by 3 1/2 inches, his running jump by 6 inches and his lateral quickness by 32 percent.
Is he still able to do some of your exercises while he is in New York?
Phil: He does our "flexibility" routine for injury prevention, which consists of self myo-fascial release (rolling out), stability and mobility exercises everyday.
You work with elite high school, college, and pro athletes. How would you rate Jeremy as just an overall athlete?
Phil: Obviously he is a special athlete otherwise he wouldn't be in the NBA, however when he came to us he had a lot of room for improvement physically.
How much room for improvement does he have in regards to his explosiveness, quickness, and jumping ability?
Phil: We believe that everybody, even the pros that we deal with on a daily basis, have room for improvement.
What type of work ethic did he demonstrate?
Phil: An extremely high level of work ethic. The transformation he made is as much a testament to Jeremy's commitment and work ethic as they are to our program.
What impressed you most about Jeremy Lin?
Phil: His work ethic and his confidence in himself and his abilities regardless of how many people doubted him.
Why is your training program so much more effective than say the normal training that a professional athlete may get with his team?
Phil: One of our strengths is our ability to pinpoint, through our force plate technology and coaching experience, exactly which specific areas need to be improved most in each individual we train.
It looks like Jeremy can still fill out a bit in his upper body. What do you see as an optimal weight for him in the next year or two?
Phil: That will depend on how he moves, obviously increased muscle mass will improve his Ground Reaction Force (GRF) which is the major component in running faster and jumping higher, however, we will use his Force Plate scan to determine his optimal body weight based on GRF and relative strength (strength relative to body mass).
Have you been watching his games? Are you caught up in the Lin-sanity like everyone else?
Phil: We enjoy seeing all of the success Jeremy is having; it is well deserved and it couldn't happen to a more humble and level headed athlete..
Have you been able to keep up with the demand?
Phil: It has definitely brought Sparta to the attention of many other athletes who we look forward to helping achieve success as well.