Strength Exercises for Players Wanting to Develop More Power and Speed!

Strength training helps improve flexibility, and helps you build muscle around your joints to protect you from injury during a game or practice. Try these exercises at the gym to put power behind your shots and improve speed on the court.

  1. Trap bar deadlift- This exercise works your hamstrings, glutes, and back which are the muscles needed for speed and strength.

  2. box squat – doing this exercise helps you build power and explosiveness. This exercise also strengthens your core so that you don’t break form.

  3. Dumbbell jump squat – these weighted squats help with coordination and balance.

  4. Rows- This is a great exercise for your upper-body. This exercise strengthens your back, biceps and the arm and hand muscles you use to grip.

  5. Sled push- this exercise works all parts of the body. It also helps you develop a quick first step for game day.

You always want to make sure you stretch to protect from injury as well. Here are 3 great stretches you can do to help you get faster and increase stride length.

  • Hip flexor stretch

  • Split squats

  • Lunge jumps