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Off Season Basketball Training – Now is the Time

Best Basketball Offseason

CrossFit Open WOD 14.3 is in the books and I was a little under where I thought I would be.  Last week’s WOD was a killer with and ascending ladder of deadlifts and an increased weight at each new rep range.

CrossFit Open WOD: 14.3:
8 minute AMRAP:
10 deadlifts, 135 / 95 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
15 deadlifts, 185 / 135 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
20 deadlifts, 225 / 155 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
25 deadlifts, 275 / 185 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
30 deadlifts, 315 / 205 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
35 deadlifts, 365 / 225 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch

As a half decent dead lifter, with a 1 rep max of just over 400, I thought that I could get to the round of 315 and ultimately fell 10 reps short of that.  I was cruising through the first three rounds but when I got to the round of 25 reps at 275, that weight might as well have been around a thousand pounds and I had to break it up into singles after going unbroken in the first three rounds.  This substantially slowed my pace down and my back was so cramped up that I felt like it might snap in half.   Nonetheless, I was moderately pleased with this result and I am looking forward to the release of 14.4 having gotten my confidence back after the 14.2 debacle.

Last week I wrote an interesting post on the lack of an off season for high school and youth basketball players these days. It created a ton of buzz and intrigue and if you have not read it yet, I highly recommend that you do. Where has our Basketball Off Season Gone will definitely get you thinking about how you should be spending your time developing your game now that your basketball season has ended.  With basketball season over for many, now is the time to let your body heal (actively), evaluate your successes and failures from the season, and begin training to attack those weaknesses and elevate your game for next season.

Do NOT fall off the basketball wagon and take too much time off thinking that you will just pick the basketball back up in the summer and be exactly where you were when you ended the season.  Your development as a basketball player takes time and effort and that time is now.  While other players are out trying to develop their basketball skills by playing a butt load of games, you need to be attending as many basketball skill development clinics and workouts as you can with reputable trainers who genuinely care about making you a better basketball player.  Then use the information that you learned at these workouts and continue to train on your own throughout the week until the next workout that you attend.  Beyond that, having already let your body rest for a few weeks now, you should already be back in the weight room rehabbing nagging injuries and targeting weaknesses in order to eliminate them.

Yes, now is the time for you to elevate your game.  Do not sit back and wait. Do not think that you will automatically be good when you pick that basketball back up again.  Do it now.  Set yourself on a course today to make yourself into the best basketball player your can for the 2014-2015 season…its only eight months away.

Interested in elevating your game this spring with NJ’s most complete solution to basketball training?  Contact me, Rich Stoner, today and find out which one of Elite Basketball Training’s programs fits your basketball skill development and sports performance needs.

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