Basic Strength training for basketball is not just about physical strength. Often times, it is the player who has the mental strength of perseverance who comes out ahead. Other times, it is the team that simply has the better skill set that wins. And sometimes, it is the team with the greater emotional strength who wins in a tight game down the stretch. With that in mind, here are a few reflections on what type of strength needs to be developed in order to be a great basketball player.

Basketball Strength
– The basis of basketball strength is the development of Power, Speed and Agility. You can’t be a great basketball player without these 3 things.
– Power, Speed and Agility are all interrelated in that if you develop one of them then the other two are developed as well. This is because they all 3 require good eccentric, concentric and isometric strength.

Physical Strength
– It is possible to be muscularly strong without being powerful, fast or agile. Being strong in general is a prerequisite for developing power, speed and agility.
– Developing strength for basketball includes developing core strength, and muscle hypertrophy (larger muscles).

Cardiovascular Strength
– Anaerobic endurance is more important than aerobic endurance in the sport of basketball. This means being able to achieve maximal cardiovascular intensity repeatedly and frequently.

Skill Strength
– Becoming a more skilled basketball player in addition to a stronger basketball player allows you to reach a higher level of play.
– Becoming more skilled includes developing better skills for your position, but also includes becoming a multidimensional player.

Nutritional Strength
– Practicing self- control with your diet. Eat food to increase you energy levels and to repair muscle. Understand that exercise is the catalyst for developing strength but nutrition is what actually creates stronger muscles.

Psychological Strength
– The ability to see yourself as a strong basketball player is psychological strength. This includes mental toughness, looking strong, acting strong, and learning how to impose your will on your opponent.

Cognitive Strength
– Develop a high Basketball IQ. The smarter you are on the basketball court, the better you are. This means understanding time and situation in a game as well as who, is the threat on the opposing team and, where the mismatches are etc.

Emotional Strength
– Learning to practice self-control. This includes how you react to bad calls, how you relate to your team mates (especially when they commit errors), how you relate to the opposing team’s players and fans, and includes not only your verbal responses but your body language responses.
– Learning how to accept criticism. You will be more successful learning how to accept destructive criticism and not just constructive criticism. Learn how to be coachable and allow your coaches to push you.
– Understand the difference between drama (over reacting to a situation in an anticipation of an outcome) and passion (the work you do to bring about an outcome). Approach the game with emotional passion, not drama.
– Becoming emotionally strong is demonstrating strength of maturity.

Inspirational Strength
– Becoming an inspirational person means learning how to treat people not as they are, but as they ought to be. It means focusing your attention on others rather than yourself.
– Be positive, stay positive. Anyone can have a good attitude for a day; inspirational people have a good attitude for a life time.
– Celebrate without taunting. Celebrate even the little things.

Spiritual Strength
– Faith, is knowing that even when you are struggling, God still has your best interest in mind. Growth often comes from struggling.