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.
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Life is short. And the older we get, the more we understand how true this is. To fully squeeze each moment we must be present. Here are a few reminders to help us stay grounded in the moment.
Take a moment in the morning to be grateful.
Listen fully to connect with others. Put away your phone or other distractions while having conversations.
Reject any judgmental self talk. This automatically pulls us out of the present moment.
Be more aware of situations or emotions that take you out of the moment. Reflect on your emotion.
Take nothing for granted. Make the most of even small or unwanted opportunities.
Best tip moving forward: Focus on what is in front of you! If we can make the most of each moment we are given, we will find ourselves doing big things and laying down each night satisfied.
Here’s a workout for you to attack! Complete the 5-5-5 Primer in 15 minutes in your driveway, at the gym, or at the park. If you only have a little bit of time, this is a great workout to hit a few important areas of your game. You can also use this workout as a warmup for a longer training session.
Five minutes of ball handling:
-20 sec Wipers R / 20 sec Wipers L / 20 sec Wiper+Crossover
-20 sec In&Out R / 20 sec In&Out L / 20 sec In&Out+Crossover
-20 sec Pound, Double Cross R / 20 sec Pound, Double Cross L / 20 sec Pound, Double Cross + Behind the Back
-20 sec Cross + Between (R->L start) / 20 sec Cross + Between (L->R start) / 20 sec Cross + Between + Behind
-20 sec Between+Behind (R->L start) / 20 sec Between+Behind (L->R start) / 20 sec In&Out + Cross + Between + Behind
Five minutes of finishing:
-One foot Mikans - Make 20
-Weak hand Mikans (stay on your weak hand side)- Make 20
-Reverse Mikans (reverse layup R, then L) - Shoot 20
-30 Sec Speed layups on the dribble - Right side
-30 Sec Speed layups on the dribble - Left side
-1 Dribble, Stride Stop Finishes - Make 10 R, 10 L (change up your angles)
Five minutes of Shooting:
-Form Shoot - Swish 10
-Pound Shots - Make 10 R / 10 L (hard dribble outside your hips working on the gather to your pocket)
-Ladder Shots - Make 5 in a row, starting at a form shot and taking a step back with each make (go back to first spot on every miss). Shoot for 3 minutes or 3 “completed” ladders.
Get after it...
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