How Should I Lift In The Weight Room?
Whether you play basketball on the high school, college, or professional level lifting weights is a VERY important component of becoming a better player. I cannot stress this enough, if you do not lift weights, you WILL be exposed at one time or another. You may be able to get by without lifting weights on the high school level, but when you reach college level competition, more than likely weight lifting will be required by your coach, so why not start now and get a head start?
If you already lift regularly, here are some tips:
1) Try not to lift heavy weights, instead lift lighter weight that you can control and do A LOT of reps of that weight.
This will improve strength, and minimize the chance of you getting overly bulky. Having a bulky figure can limit your athletic ability on the court, and increase the chance of injury or ware and tear on the knees. We all know during a long season, you need your legs to be under you come January.
2) Try to stay away from supplements, or protein products.
It is much better to go the natural route as oppose to the artificial route when trying to gain weight.Even if you are simply trying to replenish your muscles after a hard day at the gym, instead of a protein shake, have a few peanut butter and jelly or tuna sandwiches. Those are just a couple of great natural sources of protein.
3) Lift with a partner.
Lifting with a partner or a teammate is MUCH better than lifting alone. When you have someone in the gym with you it is a great motivational tool, and it allows you to push your limits when you have someone there to spot you on the bench press or during other workout routines. Not only is it SAFER, it’s SMARTER too!
I hope these few tips help you greatly during your next training session. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org