March is all basketball, you guys. Join in on the madness by adding some basketball-inspired exercises to your workout routine. These basketball conditioning workouts can help you on and off the court by increasing your speed, strength, and agility. And, c’mon, pretending you’re a baller is just plain fun.
Get your heart rate up with one of the most notorious basketball drills. Before you begin, mark your run into four equal distances. For example, mark the starting line, 25 feet, 50 feet, 75 feet, and 100 feet. Begin the workout by sprinting from the first marker to the second, and then immediately sprint back. Next, sprint from the first marker to the third and back. Then, sprint to the fourth marker and back. Finally, sprint to the final marker and back. Rest, catch your breath, and repeat if you dare.
BALL PASS PUSH UPS
For a challenging twist on a traditional push-up, add a basketball. To begin, get into plank position with a basketball under one hand. Lower your chest to the floor to perform a push-up and then roll the ball to the other hand. Continue completing push-ups and passing the basketball back and forth. You can modify this by dropping to your knees, just as you would with a traditional push-up.
FRONT LUNGE PASS UNDER
Begin this move by holding the ball at your chest and standing with your feet together. Step forward with your left foot and lower into a lunge. While you are lunging, pass the ball under your left thigh from your right hand to your left. Press through your left heel to quickly return to standing, returning the ball to your chest with both hands. Repeat with your right leg, passing the ball from left to right.
Put your core to work by adding a bit of weight to your Russian Twists. Get into position by lying on the floor with your feet together and your knees bent. Sit up so that your back and thighs form the shape of a V. Hold the basketball out in front of you, keeping your arms and back straight. Explosively twist your torso as far as you can to the left, then reverse the motion and twist as far as you can to the right.