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Weight Lifting For Basketball Players

Posted on | February 3, 2011 | Comments Off on Weight Lifting For Basketball Players

There are many misconceptions that weight lifting isn’t the right thing for basketball players because it can slow you down and other myths. It’s quite the opposite, do you think that without weight lifting such basketball players like Shaq, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade or Lebron James can perform at the level they’re now? They spend offseason in the gym and have only one thought in their mind – to improve and reach new heights.

Weigh lifting for basketball can help you in many ways, you will jump higher and maybe dunk a basket ball (if you’re not now), you could push your opponent from the perimeter. If you’re in lack of height then being stronger you can compete with taller opponents (eg. Glen Davis vs. Shaq). So as you can see weight lifting has many benefits for your basketball game. Of course you shouldn’t train like Olympic weigh lifters, you need special weight lifting program for basketball.

In the video about Brandon Roy summer training workout I could catch a glimpse at his weight lifting program. You can see that he is doing 2 sets for every exercise for about 10 reps

This rep range is suitable for endurance, muscle size and strength at the same time. Power lifter are working in the very low rep ranges so unless you want to be a power lifter try to train in the 8-12 rep range zone.


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