Resistance band exercises are great because they put extra resistance against the player for practicing a specific game movement, which tricks the muscles into working harder. When the resistance bands come off, the body still thinks that it needs to put out that extra effort and the player can jump higher, run faster, etc.
The resistance band squat jumps basketball exercise is going to work specifically on the two-foot jumping motion. It is going to teach explosiveness and help the player to develop a quicker jump. It is also a great exercise to strengthen the core and open up the hips. Both of these things are a big part of a player being able to jump higher and faster. So along with doing basketball drills to work on skills like shooting and ball-handling, you need to add off-court exercises like this into your training to help develop athletically.
Basketball Exercise Overview
Exercise Name: Resistance Band Squat Jumps Exercise
Equipment Needed: Two resistance bands, a basketball or heavy ball, and a squat rack or heavy dumbbells.
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Goals of the Exercise
- Work on becoming an explosive jumper.
- Be as explosive as you can each time you jump; push yourself to jump your highest.
- Practice good jumping techniques and develop good habits.
Basketball Exercise Instructions
- Place a resistance band around the bottom of each side of the squat rack, or if you don’t have a squat rack, place them around two different heavy dumbbells (place the dumbbells far enough apart so that the player can stand in between).
- Now cross the resistance bands over your head and place them on your shoulders; it should look like an X across your chest.
- Grab the basketball or heavy ball with both hands and hold it at your midsection.
- Squat slightly down and then jump up as high as you can, and as you do, raise the basketball over your head.
- As soon as you land, you are going to repeat the jumping motion.
- Repeat for as many repetitions as desired.