The Importance of In-Season Strength Training

Did you know that significant muscle strength can be lost in as little as 2-4 weeks? Think about all that hard work your players put in this past off-season getting bigger, faster, and stronger. Now think about this – if your team isn’t continuing strength training during the season, players could be at their weakest come playoff time!…

VertiMax Training: Lateral Slides

Lateral explosion is essential in sports like basketball (i.e., playing defense), baseball (i.e., fielding), and volleyball (i.e., receiving). In most cases, athletes will take between 1-3 strides before either changing lateral directions or moving forwards or backwards. This 3 step drill was designed simulate those short bursts of movement.

VertiMax: First Step Explosion

In my opinion, every trainer working with a basketball player should be doing this drill on a regular basis. Introduction: Use this drill to improve first step explosion. Drill: Start with the basketball in an athletic stance, next to the platform. Explode past an imaginary defender with a slide step (or crossover, depending on your coaching technique).…

VertiMax Training: Dribbling and Ballhandling

In addition to the generic speed and power drills performed with the VertiMax, there are plenty of sport-specific drills you can incorporate into your workout. Make ballhandling fun with this variation on a cone drill. Drill: Ball handling is combined with resistance. Add wrist attachments for additional resistance. Load: 2 Waist (2 Wrist optional) Perform:…