Basketball season is getting closer with each passing day. Because of this you should be making a point of starting to peak your off-season training if you haven't already. As a good rule of thumb to follow, the closer you are to your preseason camp starting the more you should be training at peak intensity - meaning weight - and peak technicality.
The step-up is one of the most common gym exercises around. It's popularity is arguably unmatched in athletes and general population gym-goers alike. It's a great way to strengthen each individual leg and correct imbalances, if found.
A typical progression would be to go from bodyweight to dumbbells, then barbell on the back and finally barbell loaded on the fro...
Training your nervous system to recruit as many muscle fibers as possible and in the quickest manner possible is one of the best ways to get more explosive as an athlete and for the sport of basketball. For this reason I love performing plyometric style exercises immediately after a strength lift like a squat or deadlift.
If there was a title to Becca's story you could definitely title it "Overcoming Stage Fright". She was referred to me by her, ahem, little sister - she and Hannah are twins and Becca loves to make the point she is the older sibling - with the goal of doing a bikini competition. "Have you ever competed before?", I asked.