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How to Build Up Calf Muscles For Basketball Greatness

By: Jason Markum

As a basketball player, you understand that there are only so many hours in the day. You have to decide how many of those hours you want to spend practicing free throws, or three pointers, or jump shots or anything else on the court.

But on the other hand, you have to decide how many of those hours to spend on body work. By body work I mean muscle workout.

Many, if not most basketball players at the lower level (I’m talking about high school and below) elect to spend most of their time working on their game. That is, they spend most of their time on the court practicing their shooting.

For whatever reason, this seems to hold true. I believe it’s because of that that you don’t see overly muscular high school basketball players. It’s simply a matter of having enough hours in the day.

This trade off can be tricky. You don’t want to spend so much time working on your body that you neglect your shooting skills. On the other hand, if you spend all your time on your shooting skills, you may not have enough physical strength to hold your own out there on the basketball court. It’s a tricky tradeoff!

In economics they even have a term for it….ready? Tradeoff. Um, ok, so I already mentioned that term. But it’s important. How you handle that tradeoff can be vitally important!

I have part of a solution. Ideally, you want to spend as much of your time on the court as you can practicing your shot. But you can’t neglect your body.

What’s the solution? Easy! The solution is to find exercises to workout your body that are efficient and quick. That way you can spend as little time as possible on that and spend most of your time building up your shooting skills.

On exercise that I like in this area is stair running. If you have access to your school’s gym, then stair running is a great exercise that will build up your calf muscles amazingly, and it will also help with your speed, agility, quickness, and your defense (you’ll be able to move your feet quicker and thus be able to guard your opponent better). It also builds up your stamina to awesome levels.

The beauty of this exercise is that you can spend fifteen minutes to a half an hour at the most and get a truly superb workout. Add a half hour or so every day in the weight room and you’ll be well on your way to taking care of the body part of your workout schedule.

Plus you can vary this exercise easily. Find it starting to become too easy? Just run up the stairs faster. It’s as easy as that.

This is a very efficient workout that has tons of benefits that will directly translate to superiority on the basketball court. I suggest fifteen minutes to half an hour of stair climbing five days a week. Be sure to find long staircases. Stairs with only five stairs in them won’t cut it here. I’m talking about stadium sized staircases with fifteen to twenty stairs or more.

Do this and you can’t go wrong!

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