Basketball players are incredible athletes. A typical NCAA Division I player can complete the 40 yard speed test in five seconds and can jump over 70cm in the vertical jump test, making them exceptionally powerful and quick. It’s no surprise that strength conditioning and plyometric training composes an important part of elite players’ training. Both strength and power training has been consistently shown to improve speed, acceleration and jumping ability.
Other than strength, speed and power, basketball players must possess excellent endurance. Whereas a distance runner or cyclist requires excellent low intensity aerobic endurance, basketball players are expected to repeat multiple high intensity activities with minimal rest periods.
The TRX Suspension Trainer leads in assists when it comes to improving basketball athletes quickness, agility, power, endurance, explosiveness and leaping ability. In the video above, we’ve got our “starting five” TRX exercises designed to help get you game ready. They are:
- TRX Lunge – Builds single leg strength, deceleration, acceleration and balance, works the posterior chain and integrates functional core strength all at once
- TRX Atomic Push-up – Integrates chest and shoulder stability, core strength, power and high intensity cardio training
- TRX Side Plank – Develops lateral core strength and stability
- TRX Crossing Balance Lunge – Works the hips, legs and core in a multiplanar single leg stance
- TRX Power Pull – Integrates multiplanar back, shoulder and core training in a standing position
This TRX March Madness workout was originally created by TRX Director of Programming Chris Frankel, and today, we’ve solicited the help of TRX Instructor and basketball coach Casey Stutzman to take us through these five exercises. Watch as he explains why each of the exercises is uniquely suited to address the specific demands of a game of basketball.
As always, make sure you warm up properly and select the appropriate intensity for your fitness and ability level. See you on the court!
The TRX Suspension training systems allow users to use body weight to perform literally hundreds of exercise progressions for every body part and plane of motion; these can be used just about anywhere. http://budurl.com/theTRX
Casey Stutzman is a TRX Instructor and travels the US teaching TRX Professional Education Courses. Casey has been using TRX Training for over three years in his role as Head Trainer at Bay Athletic Club in Alpena, Michigan as well as coach of the Alpena High School girls’ basketball team. He holds certifications through the American Fitness Association of American (AFAA) as well as Under Armour’s Combine 360. Casey is also a competitive bodybuilder.