Vinluan: Shatter your plateau-A A +A
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
“THIS is how you start” and “this is how you finish” are the first things you learn in your Physical Education class. Simple rules, simple instructions and simple tips on how to pass the subject will always be the primordial announcements a teacher would say leaving the rest to you.
Basically most students in PE classes enroll the subject to complete a course and only a few would continue to continuing a PE course because of their interest. Of the many subjects in PE Basketball may lead the billboards from elementary to college students. Their interest in the sport as well as their motivation can define their love for the latter.
Equaled by their skills they continue to develop themselves, either by joining the varsity team, or enrolling in basketball training camps or clinics, honing their skills better to be able to play like their basketball idols, see how fanatic basketball enthusiasts are regardless of height nor skill, they want to be icons in the game not only in basketball but in other sports of their choice.
“Hoop Dreamers” have high hopes of excelling in the game but not all lands perfectly on their goals. Playing in a team is an opportunity which means giving 100% of your talent, and a 110% of your physical abilities. It is providing your body the needed training to be at par with both your teammates as well as opponents.
Basketball is a contact sport and one way to ensure your physical capabilities weight training is an essential, and is good for anyone especially athletes. However, basketball players sometimes are hesitant to incorporate weight training in their training routine for the simple reason that gaining weight makes them slower and lose their speed etc. Well this training myth can be proven wrong.
Here’s why, there are numerous weight training programs, and these are to be designed for how the body functions during play in a particular sport. Thus, a basketball player’s routine will differ from that of a football player or a combative art player or any athlete in the different sports disciplines.
Basketball players need not consider those bulging muscle mass, but to ensure themselves to be able to vertically leap or jump high and quick give-and-go plays they need to train their legs or in general their lower body part. Training the upper body part will give the player extra strength for the wrestling matches during rebounds to hang onto the ball and for the game-long sprints up and down the court, training the upper body part will provide you the strength and endurance you need.
Moreover, weight training design for basketball should consider the legs, shoulders, back and abdomen, and arms, pumping that iron in a rhythmic lifting in moderate speed and consistent pace considering the above stated criteria.
It’s true, bodyweight will likely increase, but your gain will be in muscle mass and your concomitant gain in strength will more than compensate. With your mind-muscle connection, you’ll be a bigger, stronger, quicker, higher- leaping and better improved basketball player.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 21, 2013.