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Old 08-01-2012, 08:25 PM   #1
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Default Should I lift weights for legs?

I have never really spent much time working out my legs, because I was always naturally quick and fast with excellent lateral movement. But just because I'm fast doesn't mean I'm strong. I still get backed down in the post easily and my vertical is decent but not great.

So what does IsH think? Is it important for a point guard like me to do a lot of leg workouts? Will it affect my quickness? What kind of workouts should I do? Heavy weight or more plyo kind of stuff? Is there an advantage to having bigger legs?
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:23 PM   #2
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yes but you should make sure you do core work as well to avoid imbalances
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:07 AM   #4
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:57 AM   #5
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yes but you should make sure you do core work as well to avoid imbalances


Same for unilateral exercises. Lifting legs actually helps develop your upper body and keeps you from looking like

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Default Re: Should I lift weights for legs?

Well I don't have access to a weight room. I've just been doing a lot of squats, lunges and calf raises with a heavy backpack on. Is this enough, or do I really need to pile on the heavy weights to make significant progress?
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Well I don't have access to a weight room. I've just been doing a lot of squats, lunges and calf raises with a heavy backpack on. Is this enough, or do I really need to pile on the heavy weights to make significant progress?

If there is one thing worse than ankle weights, I'd have to say its what you're doing at the moment. You never want a dragging weight on your back like a heavy backpack. Especially while doing explosive movements. Its going to play with your back.
If you were to do it with a backpack, you'd also want one at the front of equal weight, as stupid as it will look.

You're better off just getting a set of dumbells, about 22-25lbs and holding them while jumping. Jumping with 45lbs in your hands will help a lot.
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If there is one thing worse than ankle weights, I'd have to say its what you're doing at the moment. You never want a dragging weight on your back like a heavy backpack. Especially while doing explosive movements. Its going to play with your back.
If you were to do it with a backpack, you'd also want one at the front of equal weight, as stupid as it will look.

You're better off just getting a set of dumbells, about 22-25lbs and holding them while jumping. Jumping with 45lbs in your hands will help a lot.

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yes you should

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liftin always helps but 4 legs u gonna careful. if u do it too young u gonna stunt ur growth
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