Power Push Up Exercise

Power Push Up Exercise


The power push up exercise is more advanced, but it can be perfect for developing upper-body explosiveness. Basketball players want to be explosive in all of their movements in the weight room, and this exercise really focuses on that. This basketball exercise is a build-up from regular push-ups, so before attempting the power push up, make sure that you have mastered the regular push-up. Also, make sure that when doing this exercise, you are not sacrificing your form. If the exercise causes the player to have to cheat on their form, switch to a lower box or change to regular push-ups. Working on upper body strength will help players be stronger with the ball when rebounding, finishing at the basket, etc.



Basketball Exercise Overview

Exercise Name: Power Push Up Exercise

Equipment Needed: 2 flat benches or 2 boxes.


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Goals of the Exercise

  • Develop upper body strength and explosiveness.


Coaching Points

  • Keep good form the entire time.
  • Push yourself up as high as you can.
  • Land softly as you come back down to the ground and make sure that your arms have some give in them.


Basketball Exercise Instructions

  1. Place two benches or boxes parallel to each other with enough room in between them for a person.
  2. Put your hands on the benches/boxes and get into a push-up position.
  3. Now pull your hands off the bench and let yourself drop down to the ground.
  4. As your hands hit the ground, you are going to drop right into a push-up, touching your chest lightly to the ground.
  5. Immediately push yourself back up and off the ground, and catch yourself on the benches.
  6. This completes one repetition.


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