Training and conditioning is just as important as working on your shot in basketball. The truth is that if you are not in shape you won’t have the physical capacity to use your skills to the highest degree. Think about it; if you are out of breath are you as likely to make a three pointer or will it end up hitting the front of the rim?
1. Treat Your Body Right
Basketball training today looks a lot different than it did in the past. I mean just take a look at a couple things related to Larry Bird’s living habits. The dude literally put together his mother’s driveway even though he was a multimillionaire. Not only that, but he injured his back in the process which effectively ended his career. Can you image Lebron James building an driveway on his free time?
Now we are not saying that you shouldn’t be willing to do manual labor, but we are saying that you should make sure you are physically prepared to do any demanding task.
2. Nutrition Matters, A Lot
Larry Legend also had some poor eating habits during his playing career.
These days the best players in the world take care of their body in a way that past generations didn’t even consider. Take a look at Lebron’s diet. This guy takes inventory on everything that goes into his body, and for good reason. Food is the fuel of the body. If you are putting in a bunch of processed pizza pockets than you can be sure your body will not perform optimally.
For basketball players make sure you are getting a good deal of healthy fats, which can come from things like coconut oil, avocados, and nuts. Do not eat too many carbs, and make sure to get plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables which have important vitamins and minerals to keep you feeling your best.
3. Focus On Functional Strength
In the old days guys would hit the bench press and just do rep after rep thinking this was going to prepare them for game time.
But if you want to be the best basketball player possible you need to work on strengthening the muscles most utilized in basketball. This means your focus should be on building a solid core, meaning your abs, back, and hips. Quads and hamstrings should be strengthen threw quick and explosive movement exercises like those in the Vert Shock Program.
Exercises that involved jumping and other types of interval training are always good for basketball players.
Meditation has so many great properties that enhance athletic performance. Mindfulness meditation helps to decrease anxiety allowing basketball players to focus in on the present moment. This is incredibly powerful when you are in a late game situation and you are expected to rise up to the occasion. If you have yourself mentally prepared for the moment then the moment won’t overwhelm you.
5. Have a Method to Your Practice
I see too many players when they practice not have any rhyme or reason for what they do. They willy nilly take shots and slowly get their rebound and shot again, and again and again.
Have a plan for each practice session. If you are working on dribbling make sure to have 5 or so drills that you can do at full speed. If you notice you are a weaker shooter from a certain spot on the court then work on it! If you need to work on passing and vision, then work on not telegraphing your passes.