The Benefit of Weight Lifting For Basketball


There are many different benefits to basketball weight training. Most of them have to do with the overall strength that is gained from doing the exercises. Weight lifting is beneficial for most players because it allows them to perform at a higher level in most cases.

However, it seems like many players still don’t understand the significance and different benefits of lifting weights and how it eventually relates to their game.

So to prove my point, here are two simple exercises I chose as an example and how they can you help you:

Overhead Press

Doing overhead lifting is usually advisable for increasing shoulder strength. Your shoulders need to be strong in order to shoot the ball on a consistent basis.

When you have adequate shoulder strength you can take shots from further out and have higher precision. This is especially beneficial for you if you’re trying to increase your range.

Bench Press

If you asked me, doing the bench press exercise helps you train more intensely. This is beneficial to the entire team because when you can overcome something that pushes against your chest it’ll be super beneficial to everyone playing on your side.

Think about it for a second.

If you can resist and stand your ground on the court, as well as move people with your strength, you gain such an immense edge over your competition.

I really like Scott Herman’s straight forward approach for this.

Bottom line is this, anyone who does exercises that involve pushing something heavy will ultimately be able to get a higher level of strength compared to someone who doesn’t.

The average guy usually doesn’t realize that he needs to do different exercises every day to maximize certain muscle groups, and as long as he doesn’t implement this method of training he’ll never be able to achieve his overall objectives.

As you probably guessed by now, such a player will not really beneficial to the team in general because everyone needs to be as strong as they possibly can.

Don’t Forget To Lift Light As well

Badass light weight lifter

Lift Light!?

You probably think I’m kiddin’, right?

Well, no. Not at all.

It’s also a good idea to lift light and work with smaller weights so that the repetitions that you do are being done in a better form.

Some people think that lifting heavy is the only way to gain strength. This is not necessarily the case. Instead, people should try to work on the lower weights and get their performance and form down first.

This is also helpful as you train other types of muscle fibers (slow fibers) and it’s generally a good practice for injury prevention and recovery.


Start lifting bro!

This post barely scratches the surface of the many benefits weight training has to offer for basketball players. It has to do with shooting, rebounding, your vertical jump, resisting fatigue and more.

The point is this, a lot of people still don’t use this type of training in their routine. Instead they focus on endurance training and other aspects of playing rather than focusing on physical strength. As you can see, this is quite detrimental and it can really limit your options as a player.

If you’re looking to become a versatile and effective player on the court, then weight training is definitely something you should consider doing on a regular basis.

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