Growing From The Inside Out
A blog about the importance of weightlifting for basketball players.
November 1, 2011
By Pat Davidson, Strength Coach, New York Knicks
I will start by saying that playing in the NBA is a dream come true. I am fortunate to be surrounded by all-stars and future hall of famers every day. However, life in the NBA is not all glamour and glitz. You may be surprised to learn that our days consist of much more than showing up at the arena two hours before tip-off to shoot around. In fact, one of the most integral parts of our daily practice routine is lifting weights.
On off days, we spend hours in the weight room strengthening every muscle in our bodies. We have also been lifting regularly since we were young and have become very familiar with how to properly lift weights without risking injury. And while this may sound like a lot of work, lifting has become so routine that it has become part of who we are as athletes.
Lifting weights has improved my game tremendously by increasing my strength and speed, improving my overall health and helping me recover from injuries more quickly. In addition to giving me more energy on the court, lifting has decreased my body fat percentage while increasing my muscle mass
Since I started playing basketball, the question always came up: what is the best way to become a better player? Players and coaches have different answers; some believe that extra shooting and ball handling practice, while others believe in extensive footwork drills. In my experience, all of these practices are important, but I believe that weightlifting is the most important.
The importance of weightlifting for basketball players is often overlooked. In today’s game, many people associate lifting weights with increased muscle mass, which can lead to decreased speed and athleticism. However, there are many benefits to lifting weights that counter this belief. First of all, lifting weights will increase your strength, which will make you more competitive on the court. Secondly, lifting weights will increase your vertical leap and explosiveness on the court. Finally, if done correctly, lifting weights will not hinder your ability to run or jump on the court.
Lifting weights is one of the few things that you can do completely by yourself. While shooting practice requires a gym and a ball, lifting weights only requires a gym (or even just your own body weight). As a player who was undersized in high school (5’8″), I found it very important to work on my own in order to build up my strength and
Every athlete has heard it at some point in their career: “weightlifting is too dangerous, you will hurt yourself if you lift weights”. This is a common misconception and I am here to tell you that this advice is nothing more than a myth. The truth is that weightlifting can be the most beneficial aspect of your training program.
You might be asking yourself, “How can lifting weights help me get better on the basketball court?”. Well the answer is simple: Weightlifting helps athletes become bigger, faster and stronger which are all essential ingredients to becoming a good basketball player. Weightlifting can also help improve your vertical jump and quickness, both of which are also important aspects of basketball. Too many athletes are stuck in the mindset that they should spend all of their time working on their ball handling skills but the truth is that if you want to be an elite basketball player you need to be able to do more than just dribble and shoot the ball.
Another benefit of weightlifting for athletes is injury prevention. Injuries are major setbacks for athletes because they can halt your progress very quickly. If you want to become an elite basketball player then you need to stay healthy and being in top physical shape will help do this. Too many young athletes believe that getting stronger will make
Like many high school basketball players, I used to think that lifting weights was a waste of time. I didn’t want to get “bulky” or have my shot messed up by getting stronger. Little did I know that playing basketball at the collegiate level would require me to put time into the weight room year-round. With the help of great strength coaches, I’ve learned how important lifting weights is for basketball players. Over the past few years, I’ve also started reading more about strength training and watching videos on YouTube to gain a better understanding of the science behind it.
I want to share some of what I’ve learned through this blog. My goal is to help players learn how to train more effectively, get more results from their workouts, and ultimately become better basketball players on the court. My posts will be directed at college athletes, but high school athletes (and even middle schoolers) should still be able to benefit from them as well.
“The only way to get better at basketball is through hard work and discipline” is a saying that we are all familiar with. That saying, however, doesn’t apply to everyone since some players are naturally gifted and talented. But even the most talented players in the league work on their game consistently. What’s more, they’re willing to do whatever it takes to get better, including taking care of their body and changing their diet.
The trend of players getting more serious about how they take care of themselves has certainly been beneficial for the league as a whole. The average player today is stronger and faster than ever before, which has increased the speed of the game and made it even more exciting for fans.
Another factor that has contributed to this change is an increase in weightlifting among NBA players. As was previously mentioned, lifting weights can help you become faster and stronger, but it can also help you improve your general shooting skills as well as your ability to defend your opponent’s shot attempts.
As you might have guessed by now, there are many benefits to weightlifting in basketball. In this article we’ll be going over some of those benefits so that you will be able to see how they can apply to your game!
I recently had the pleasure of meeting a young man by the name of Mark. Mark was a basketball player during his high school years, and he’s always been one of the more athletic players on his team. He got to college, however, and found that he wasn’t quite as “big” or “strong” as most of the other players on his team. He didn’t have much experience in the weight room, so he quickly fell behind in terms of strength and size. He became discouraged and ended up quitting the team after only a year.
This is an all too common phenomenon for young basketball players. Since the early 2000s, it has become a trend for basketball coaches to emphasize skill development at younger ages, often neglecting strength training entirely. It’s easy to understand why this happens; coaches want their teams to perform well, so they focus on skills that can be used immediately during competition. Weightlifting is not something that can help you win games right away.
In fact, weightlifting can be detrimental to performance at first; it makes you feel slow, heavy, and tired if you don’t do it right. However, there are many benefits to be gained from lifting weights that cannot be found any other way:
1. Increased vertical jump
As a strength and conditioning specialist and basketball player, I am always looking for ways to improve. I play the game of basketball because it makes me feel alive and gives me an opportunity to be competitive.
I have been working with Kaitlin Davis (@kaitalin_d) for over a year now and she has transformed my body in more ways than I ever would have thought. She has helped me become stronger, faster, and more explosive. Not only have these attributes improved my basketball game but they have also helped me become a better student in the classroom.