Basketball athletes don’t need a fancy weight-room to build elite level core strength and mobility. If you’re serious about reducing the chances of getting injured and staying durable throughout the season, then you need to prioritize having good core strength, stability, and mobility.
Athleticism starts from the ground-up. You need to prioritize your movement from the feet, ankles, knees, hip, and all the way up to your torso.
The best thing about these 5 exercises is that you only need 1 equipment and a little bit of space, which most athletes have access to. So there should be no excuses!
Here are the 5 exercises you can do to improve CORE STRENGTH:
STANDING HIGH KNEE T-SPINE ROTATION
This exercise is great for improving your single-leg balance and stability. The upper body rotation challenges your core stability and helps improve your thoracic spine mobility.
STANDING HIGH KNEE BALL ATW
This exercise really fires up the hip flexor because when you’re moving the ball around your leg, you’re forced to bring your knees higher. This can potentially fix “tight hips” because often times your hips are not “tight” but weak.
SPLIT STANCE HEELS UP ROTATION
This exercise challenges your stability in a split stance and isometrically works your foot, ankle, and leg. This is great for strengthening those areas which are often neglected.
STANDING HIGH KNEE FAKE THROW
This exercise will challenge your core stability in a dynamic fashion. As you violently fake throw the ball to your opposite shoulder, and stop the momentum, it forces you to brace your core.
SINGLE-LEG RDL BALL SCOOP QUICK SWITCH
This exercise is great for strengthening your posterior chain. And the quick switch gives it that explosive movement to challenge your core stability.
All 5 of these exercises can be done anywhere and basketball players should use this time to work on the little things. Improving your core stability will help reduce injuries and have you PERFORMING BETTER on the HARDWOOD.
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