Be(come) An Athlete
Working on our body to be a better all-around athlete will help us be a better, more efficient basketball player. Your athleticism is a combination of your motor skills like coordination, quickness, power generation, and agility.
There are many ways to improve your athleticism. Sometimes we limit this work because we think an athlete is too young, we are too busy to focus on this side of training, or we simply don’t realize how important it is.
Here are a few ways to increase your athleticism:
-Play lower - Simple, but effective. The lower we play, the greater we can control speed changes. Most athletes play high and upright too much. We explode and accelerate from a loaded position.
-Train your footwork - The game is played through our feet. Work on foot coordination, and focus on fast and sure feet as you train. For example: in shooting drills, be specific in arriving in your footprint; always use footwork in your ball handling; add ladders or line drills within your training.
-Add a strength component - Using your body well must include having a confidence in your strength. All ages of athletes can benefit from movement that builds strength, stability, and balance. Not to mention, this helps with explosion, toughness, and speed. Ex: Body weight workouts.
-Be in great shape - no athlete is at their best when their conditioning level is average. Endurance is the mark of a serious athlete, and this training is completely within your control! Make sure you build stamina by training hard, planning enough cardio fitness in your week, and working in recovery exercises.
Don’t make excuses. Become the best athlete you can be.
Join Peak in Athlete Development this Fall, serving athletes with training to increase their athleticism. These sessions focus on speed, strength, agility, power, and foundational strength. This is a FUN and SAFE environment to build long-term athletic development.
Currently, fall sessions are Sunday afternoon. More info and Sign up here: http://www.peakbball.com/ath-development.html
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