Basketball is a great, fun, and challenging game that requires you to outscore your opponent to win the game. However, basketball is not all just about shooting, defending, rebounding, and dribbling as there are other aspects that you need to develop to help get you an advantage in the game. One such aspect is improving power. Below are five simple basketball exercises that will help you to improve your power.

Five Simple Basketball Exercises to Help Improve Your Power

Basketball Plyo Push Ups – this exercise is done by going on a push-up position and straddling the ball with both hands. You then lower yourself halfway down and explosively stand up and gain stability for one count, then toss yourself off while landing gently on the floor. This type of exercise enables the player to receive and absorb force more effectively and more efficiently. This exercise will give a player a powerful upper body along with explosive hands.

Medicine Ball Wall Throws – this exercise is done by facing the a wall while holding a medicine ball in a chest pass-like. You then explosively release a pass at a target while placing your hands forward to absorb the rebound of the ball with an attempt to catch it. This type of exercise will allow you to develop hand-eye coordination as well as reflex in passing and catching.

Medicine Ball Rotational Side Wall Throw – this exercise is performed while in an athletic stance (feet apart at shoulder-width) while facing the wall sideways. Holding a medicine ball with both hands, bend from your hip farther from the wall and swing the ball explosively underhand against the wall. Make sure your hands are ready to receive the ball’s rebound and catch it from the bounce. Do this on both sides of your body. This type of exercise not only helps to improve your hand-eye coordination, but it will also improve the strength of your body core while having the ability to quickly make direction changes.

Medicine Ball Slams – this exercise is performed while in an athletic stance (feet apart at shoulder-width) with the ball tucked behind the head. You then try to explosively slam the ball towards the ground as hard as possible while squatting down to pick up the ball. This type of exercise will help give you superior upper-body strength.

Medicine Ball Squats – this exercise is performed while in an athletic stance (feet apart at shoulder-width) with the ball held at chest level. Perform a parallel squat and at burst jump straight up while releasing the all as high as you can. Allow the ball to fall on the floor and pick it up. This type of exercise enables you to have explosive transfer of energy from the ground and be released through your hands.