Secrets of the Pros
I’ll let you in on a little secret in-season training method practiced by virtually all NBA basketball players. Would you like to know what these players do during the season to maintain or increase their leaping ability? Well first thing, most players don’t increase anything during the season other then their bank accounts. The season is so long, enduring, and physically demanding that physical capacities tend to dwindle. The players already get more than enough jump training just playing the game and in fact stress their legs so much through practices and games that any additional jump training during the season would be entirely counter-productive and quickly lead to overtraining. Rather, the focus for a professional athlete is maintaining the base of strength that they build in the off-season. They lift weights to maintain strength and let the on-court time take care of everything else. One thing you should get from this is another lesson on the importance of recovery. Unless you play very infrequently your season is not the time to be following a high volume program. Focus on improving your physical capacities in the off-season when you’re fresh. Build up your strength and power and try to fit in at least one good strength workout per week during the season to maintain what you have.