If you want to be as good as LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, or Blake Griffin on the basketball court, then you have to realize that these athletes don’t rely on the sport alone to improve their performance. To develop certain strengths and work on their weaknesses, NBA players do a number of different exercises that help them bring their A-game to the court.
When it comes to working out to improve your basketball game, you have to remember to focus on two things: your vertical jump and your mobility or flexibility. Here are some examples of exercises that work on these three:
It's all about explosion. The secret to a higher vertical jump is to generate as much force in as little time as possible. This explosion of force results in your legs launching you up like a cannon, enabling you to do that dunk you've always wanted to try.
To exercise your jumping skills, try standing under a basket or next to a wall while holding a medicine ball. Hold the ball over your head and quickly bring it down to your waist. Then, explode straight up as you lift the ball above your head again. After landing, pause for a couple of seconds and then repeat.
Try this until you're able to touch the ball to a target such as the bottom of the net, the rim, the backboard, or the highest point of a wall.
A body like rubber. Aside from jumping skill, your mobility on the court will define how well you do in a game. Without flexibility, you could pull a muscle and get injured; on the other hand, by working on your moves, doing side steps and quick turns will be a piece of cake.
You can test your flexibility by doing the sit and reach test – a test that helps you gauge your lower back's and hamstring's flexibility. If you find that reaching is painful, you may need to work on your flexibility a little more to prevent injuries while playing basketball.
These are just some examples of exercises that can greatly improve your basketball game. Got any more to share? Feel free to leave a comment – we'd love to hear from you!
On behalf of iRenew Products and Rajon Rando, we would like to thank everyone who took part in Rajon’s live Twitterview last Friday hosted by iRenew Products. It was a major success and Rajon had dozens of questions to answer from his fans. Sorry to the fans who did not get their questions answered but tune in for more info about Rajon and iRenew on Twitter(@irenewproducts and @RajonRondo) Here is a recap of the Twitterview. Enjoy!
1. What’s been keeping you busy?
@RajonRondo: Just working out, playing games, getting ready for the season.
2. How is the elbow holding up?
@RajonRondo: The elbow is good.
3. Tell us what your pre-game rituals are?
@RajonRondo: I can’t give all of my secrets away.
4. Who was your favorite player growing up?
@RajonRondo: Have a lot of respect for AI”s game. (Allen Iverson)
5. What’s it like getting to play with Ray?
@RajonRondo: It’s great. He’s a great player and great shooter.
6. Would you ever consider playing another sport?
@RajonRondo: Maybe football.
7. How do you improve your quickness and speed?
@RajonRondo: Lots of practice and hard work.
8. Have you personally used the Irenew bracelet?
@RajonRondo: Ya, I wear it on gamedays.
9. How often do you go back home to Kentucky?
@RajonRondo: I’m there quite a bit.
10. What was the most exciting thing about playing in the championship?
@RajonRondo: Winning the whole thing.
iRenew is eager to announce its very first LIVE twitterview with professional basketball player, Rajon Rondo.
We're giving fans the opportunity to ask their own questions, about the things they are most dying to know about Rajon - from his workout and eating habits, to hobbies, pre-game rituals, or love life (for all you ladies wanting to know)??
How can you participate? It's easy!
1. Follow @irenewproducts and @rajonrondo on Twitter.
2. Submit your questions on the iRenew Fanpage, or tweet us your questions with #irenewrondo hashtag before Friday.
3. Mark your calendars for the twitterview this Friday October 14, at 3PM EST
4. Watch @irenewproducts and @rajonrondo to see your questions get answered.
You won't want to miss this!
Taking a cue from Rajon Rondo's Foot Locker commercials alone, Rajon Rondo is all about quickness. This really comes at no surprise though, point guards have always been known for outstanding ball-handling skills and directing the plays. Rondo himself is best known for quick assists, he earned his most assists in the 2009-10 season, he even landed himself a spot among the NBA All-Stars in 2010 and 2011.
Earlier this month, the professional basketball star and iRenew supporter, Rajon Rondo hosted a Facebook chat to promote the new Nike Hyperfuse sneakers for Foot Locker. Much like his character in the commercials, Rondo offered quick answers that went right to the point. Here are a few things we learned from him:
10. Basketball wasn't his first love. Rondo started playing basketball at 8, but before that, he was already playing football at 6.
9. Talented at a young age. He started doing dunks at 14 years old.
8. He's a loyal alum. As a University of Kentucky alumnus, he seems to really enjoy returning to and playing at his alma mater.
7. He's Humble. He believes that humility is a must to becoming a great player. He says this about the freshmen at the University of Kentucky.
6. Strength and Endurance are his motto's. Getting quick is a must for him. So over the summer, he's been doing lots of agility drills and working with a track coach.
5. He's a team player. As for his sick assists? He works on them by making more of them − helping his teammates get the best opportunities to make open shots.
4. He welcomes constructive criticism. In response to a little playful quip from President Obama, Rondo sure has been working on his jump shot.
3. Stay's true to his roots. His key to success? "The Good Lord and hard work," he says.
2. He remembers to relax. Although he was busy, he totally enjoyed the summer off-season.
1. He's totally looking to bring the title home this year.
Faith, humility and hard work is what keeps Rajon staying strong in the game. Adding a dose of these into our own lifestyle would do us good in the way we manage things overall. Where you suprised by any of Rajon's responses?