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unbreakable 02-04-2012 02:45 PM

Quicker on some days then others??
 
:wtf:

somedays i feel so fast i get to play like john wall or tony parker, nothing but fast breaks, layups, etc...

but somedays i resort to playmaker/shooter because my first step just isnt there. i dont get it?

:confusedshrug:

LA KB24 02-04-2012 04:49 PM

Re: Quicker on some days then others??
 
Don't eat right before you play, always makes me lazy.

Pushxx 02-07-2012 03:01 PM

Re: Quicker on some days then others??
 
1. Good meal + water 3 hours before playing
2. Take the best bathroom break possible
3. Warm up
4. Play

I only stretch my legs and arms after I warm up. Otherwise I find stretching just increases injury risk for non-professional athletes.

Also, make sure you are on a solid lifting and cardio schedule to tune your body. That will help your consistency, among the other important benefits.

Also, you may not be bending your knees enough when dribbling all the time. Makes a big difference on your first step.

NotYetGreat 02-12-2012 03:05 AM

Re: Quicker on some days then others??
 
Gotta take into account what you've been doing throughout the day, the day before, and even what you're eating. Other times, you're probably feeling super fast because your muscles are well-rested, you ate good, and your nervous system isn't taxed by stress or whatever, and on other days, could be the complete opposite.

Kiarip 02-14-2012 03:57 AM

Re: Quicker on some days then others??
 
It has to do with a lot of things. But it's probably more mental than physical given you're not injured/fatigued/and are warmed up.

There's also random weird things like hormone cycles, and shit and those are largely out of your control. Mind-set is probably the biggest thing that makes a difference that people under-value.

Rake2204 04-09-2012 07:38 PM

Re: Quicker on some days then others??
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Pushxx
1. Good meal + water 3 hours before playing
2. Take the best bathroom break possible
3. Warm up
4. Play

I only stretch my legs and arms after I warm up. Otherwise I find stretching just increases injury risk for non-professional athletes.

Also, make sure you are on a solid lifting and cardio schedule to tune your body. That will help your consistency, among the other important benefits.

Also, you may not be bending your knees enough when dribbling all the time. Makes a big difference on your first step.

Solid post. Two things you mentioned I often find to be underrated: 1) Pre-game hydration and 2) Bending one's knees.

To be very honest, there's many times where I don't think much about water until my first game is coming to an end. By then, it's probably too late. There's a dramatic difference between arriving hydrated versus constantly chasing hydration.

The knees are also big for me ... in terms of actually using them. I've definitely had days where I don't warm up intensely enough, resulting in a sluggish start where I get into the habit of playing straight up i.e. not bending my knees enough when I run or dribble. I often like to bike to the basketball court or do lunges prior to activate and remind my body to stay low. The explosion I gain from bending my knees is dramatic. Suddenly I feel like everything is dunkable.

Lebron23 04-14-2012 06:28 PM

Re: Quicker on some days then others??
 
Before I play 5 on 5. I actually jog around the basketball court. I am actually much faster since I started to play 5 on 5 games thrice a week.

Rake2204 04-15-2012 01:37 PM

Re: Quicker on some days then others??
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Pushxx
1. Good meal + water 3 hours before playing

I had to quote this one more time. I often play basketball right after I get off of work. I don't usually drink very much water at work because the fountain is too cold and the sink water does not taste too great. Also, for whatever other reason, I just didn't feel like bringing in a bottle for work purposes - I'd just save one in my car for basketball.

Anyway, obviously, not drinking much at work would clearly leave me in need of water before I even do a single thing on the basketball court. As such, I decided to switch it up on Friday and tried drinking a ton while at work, maybe more than I thought I needed, prior to basketball. And as it so happens, I had my springiest day of basketball all year. I'm usually not a consistently emphatic two-foot dunker but suddenly they were going down (with two hands) with ease, alongside my regular dunk occurring with more authority.

To be clear, I've fallen for the placebo effect before. The first time I ever dunked on someone, I ate hot dogs an hour before the game, so for a while I thought whatever horribleness was inside hot dogs somehow amped me up. But I feel like the water experiment could be a stronger correlation. I'll continue hydrating and try to see what happens from here.

Lebron23 04-15-2012 11:11 PM

Re: Quicker on some days then others??
 
Don't forget to stretch your legs before you play basketball.

Brandon Roy 04-21-2012 02:57 PM

Re: Quicker on some days then others??
 
Get plenty of sleep. 7 to 8 hours is good.

Make sure to stretch heavily after you play, as well. This helps you recover for the next game/practice.

Make sure you're eating enough and getting enough water, too.

Pushxx 04-22-2012 02:30 AM

Re: Quicker on some days then others??
 
Eating a good meal and hydrating will not result in a placebo effect. Hot dogs??? :)


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