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Old 02-01-2010, 12:04 AM   #1
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It's finally getting warmer, and I want to take advantage of the warm weather as much as I can. I'm planning on running my butt off to increase my stamina for sophomore year. My stamina is low right now because I barely get any play time in the winter. I have from now until next October to pull a Coach Carter and make my stamina sky-rocket. My JV tryouts are next year. I didn't make the team this year, because I got too tired in my attempts to really hustle for the ball. I noticed that the other kids weren't keeping up too well, either. What drills can I do in a local park to really blow them out of the water next season? I'm not only going to do running drills; I want to make my jumpshot automatic, as well as increase it's range to a few feet beyond the arc. I'm planning on dedicating 4-5 days a week to this. Can anyone recommend any drills that I can do? I just turned 15 years old, I'm 5"9'. and 145 lbs.

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Old 02-01-2010, 03:12 AM   #2
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The thing about conditioning is, it's all about being able to sustain a high heart rate. It doesn't really matter what you do as long as your heart rate is high. Suicides would probably be just fine... doing a lot of reps of everything is what you want. I know Kevin Durant practices shooting from every spot on the floor. He will move an inch to his left or right just so he feels comfortable with any spot on the floor. When it comes to conditioning, you just have to get after it.

Sorry I don't really have any routines though. I could come up with some... but I think someone else might know better. I am not really a conditioning kind of guy lol.
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The thing about conditioning is, it's all about being able to sustain a high heart rate. It doesn't really matter what you do as long as your heart rate is high. Suicides would probably be just fine... doing a lot of reps of everything is what you want. I know Kevin Durant practices shooting from every spot on the floor. He will move an inch to his left or right just so he feels comfortable with any spot on the floor. When it comes to conditioning, you just have to get after it.

Sorry I don't really have any routines though. I could come up with some... but I think someone else might know better. I am not really a conditioning kind of guy lol.

Thanks. The only problem I'm going to have is staying motivated and not slacking off, which I tend to do sometimes.
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Well you need to get that straightened out. Making the team should be enough of a motivating factor... so if it's not maybe it's not for you.
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IMO, conditioning is about recovery. Designing sprints/intervals similar to that of game situation to condition the body to recover in short periods is how I feel it should be done.


Long distance running ok if used sparingly, as it can slow strength and muscle gains and power. I may use it once or twice a week with my clients. Mainly use sprint type workouts and agility though.
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IMO, conditioning is about recovery. Designing sprints/intervals similar to that of game situation to condition the body to recover in short periods is how I feel it should be done.


Long distance running ok if used sparingly, as it can slow strength and muscle gains and power. I may use it once or twice a week with my clients. Mainly use sprint type workouts and agility though.

Sprint workouts as in quick sprints up the court, changing direction and exploding, etc?
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Sprint workouts as in quick sprints up the court, changing direction and exploding, etc?

that's a very redundant question if we're talking about basketball Sorry I saw the perfect opportunity to sound like a jack@$$
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Yes and no. I am looking at the work-rest factor more than the actualy movements. You can use different modes such as intervals on the bike, straight ahead sprints on the football field or soccer pitch, heck technically even weight training circuits done explosively could qualify in the very least. For me, out of season I like to work with clients in a different atmosphere than the court. Gives them a refreshing change of pace.
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Thanks. The only problem I'm going to have is staying motivated and not slacking off, which I tend to do sometimes.
In terms of motivation, I rejected this cliche for a long time but eventually I gave in to accepting that writing down your goals and motivations on paper and posting that paper somewhere you'd see it everyday is truly effective. Sometimes I will write small sources of motivation on my hand or wrist to refer to mid-training as a reminder to keep pushing. Further, I tend to channel all my life's problems into pushing myself toward domination on the basketball court.
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that's a very redundant question if we're talking about basketball Sorry I saw the perfect opportunity to sound like a jack@$$

Changing direction while sprinting is redundant? What if there is a turn over on a fast break?
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Yea interval training is definitely something you want to do. I didn't think about that at first for some reason but basketball is essentially interval training.

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If you want to do distance running, first of all don't overdo it early if you've never run distance before. Try starting at around 20 mins the first week 30 mins the second week and 40 mins from then on. Always stop and rest for a few days if you develop nagging injuries. Stretch well before and after, it's really just as important as the workout itself.

Finally I would recommend joining your high school Cross Country team in the fall. It comes right before basketball season, is no cut, and you can leave to do tryouts when they start. After Cross I never got tired on the basketball court.
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If you want to do distance running, first of all don't overdo it early if you've never run distance before. Try starting at around 20 mins the first week 30 mins the second week and 40 mins from then on. Always stop and rest for a few days if you develop nagging injuries. Stretch well before and after, it's really just as important as the workout itself.

Finally I would recommend joining your high school Cross Country team in the fall. It comes right before basketball season, is no cut, and you can leave to do tryouts when they start. After Cross I never got tired on the basketball court.

Going for the all skinny team?

Cross country and long distance running isn't the way to go for basketball. You want to be able to have some explosiveness and that take nearly all of it away... True you want to be conditioned (and surely long distance running is a great way to condition yourself), but interval training is a much better way to condition yourself for basketball.

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My friend used to do spot shooting drills full court. He'd mark a distance with tape on both sides of the court and begin by shooting from that tape, and then running to the other court and shooting from the tape there. It would in theory improve your conditioning if you handle them like sprints and he says it helped him keep his shooting technique even when he was tired.

Idk if it actually works or not. I just suggest finding something you like and then keeping your heart rate up.
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