Stay in the Game with These March Madness Inspired Workouts
March Madness is one of the best times of the year for college fans. The strongest, healthiest and best-trained college basketball teams will be the last ones standing in March. You can incorporate their fitness and conditioning secrets into your daily regimen to get into shape and better your basketball game. Build strength and endurance with these effective workout tips—you can even do a set or two during commercial breaks when watching the Championship Game!
Get into March Madness shape with these basketball workout tips and improve your performance on the court
Basketball players need quick, strong movements while playing. Explosive lifts, such as dumbbell single arm-snatches, box jumps, or burpees will all help you increase your vertical jumping ability. Exercises involving jumps will help to build explosive strength, speed and powerful muscle mass for your lower body.
Range of motion
The farther you can stretch your limbs in all directions without injury, the more distance you can cover on the court. Give your range of motion a boost by doing the spiderman crawl or torso rotations. Practice these exercises to increase the strength and range of motion of your torso and limbs.
On the basketball court, fatigue can be your biggest enemy. Agility, cardio and speed training drills are crucial elements for conditioning. Sprint, suicide drills and defensive slides will all help to improve your footwork and increase your speed and stamina.
Lunges and Squats
Lunges target the glutes, hamstrings and quadriceps. One of the best overall exercises for basketball are lunges because they work numerous muscles in your lower body and core muscles. Squats are a great overall basketball exercise since they also virtually work all of your lower body muscles. Use weights whenever possible and remember to keep your back straight and head forward at all times while balancing using your core muscles to stabilize yourself.
Basketball requires a strong upper body. Use a basketball or BOSU as an unstable surface to kick up the intensity of a traditional push-up and give your core a great workout as well.
March Madness can be an exciting time to get motivated to explore and try new basketball-inspired moves that will be sure to challenge your whole body. So have fun and enjoy the Madness this March and get fit with these basketball workouts guaranteed to improve your game.
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