By Kerry Greer, Athletes' Performance
Whether they’re slam-dunking in the NBA or playing driveway hoops, the best basketball players have the ability to command the court. Their ability to quickly change direction, jump high, and run fast put them a step above the rest. Regardless of position, these skills used together give a player an extra edge over any opponent. Upgrade your game with the tips below.
1. Focus on quickness
You need quickness to jab step, cut, and crossover a defender. Defensively, you need to be able to react quickly to the other team in order to create turnovers. Training for quickness focuses on training movement quality and executing explosive power movements when changing direction. Improve your multidirectional speed with the “Agility on the Court” single workout.
2. Jump higher
A good vertical jump improves your ability to grab rebounds, explode to block the ball, and get a shot off successfully over a defender. Jump higher by performing explosive movements and increasing your power through strength and plyometric moves in your training. Sky above your opponents with the “Jump Higher” single workout.
3. Speed up
Keep your opponent on their toes and transition quickly from defense to offense by developing your speed. Speed training focuses on improving overall movement quality and acceleration. The more efficient you are, the faster you’ll be up and down the court. Dominate the fast break with the “Court Speed” single workout.
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