Use a Functional Ball Trainer for Basketball Workouts | STACK

Become a Better Athlete. Sign Up for our FREE Newsletter.

Use a Functional Ball Trainer for Basketball Workouts

August 4, 2011

Must See Basketball Videos

No matter what sport you play, strength training is a crucial part of your workout routine. It’s a given that you should be doing complex movements like Deadlifts and Squats to build muscle. But for basketball players, there’s a special, functional way to train that can be more interesting—and more rewarding—than traditional exercises.

Using mini bands, bungee cords or a functional ball trainer adds resistance to moves you are already making on the court, replicating specific game situations. Once you’re used to going through these motions with weight pulling you in different directions, you’ll be able to make them faster and more efficiently when it’s just you, your defender and a clear path to the basket.

In particular, working with a functional ball trainer—a basketball attached to a bungee cord, with an eyebolt that allows 360-degree ball rotation—will leave you better prepared for competition, says Michael Atkinson, Elite Pro Performance national consultant and A.C.E. certified personal trainer.

For more about working with a functional ball trainer, head over to STACK Basketball.

Brandon Guarneri
- Brandon Guarneri served as a Content Director for STACK Media. He oversaw production for STACK Magazine and created video content with athletes and brands for...
Brandon Guarneri
- Brandon Guarneri served as a Content Director for STACK Media. He oversaw production for STACK Magazine and created video content with athletes and brands for...
More Cool Stuff You'll Like

12 Must-Have Items in the Athlete's Gym Bag

Training Tool: SKLZ Quick Ladder

Short on Workout Equipment? Try These Tips

The Best Workout You're Not Doing

New Cirrus Yoga Mats Let You Show Team Spirit

A Better Foam Roller: the enso Roller by EvoFit, Reviewed

Nike+ FuelBand Tracks Your Everyday Activity

10 Essential Point Guard Drills From Skylar Diggins

Greene's Lantern: Riding With 'Soul'

Spend Less, Get Stronger

Basketball Recruiting: It's Never Too Late

5 Fitness Trackers That Are Worth the Money

5 New Game-Changing Fitness Inventions

The Most Overrated Equipment in the Gym

Your High School Weight Room Is Inadequate

3 Specialty Barbells That Build Strength and Size

Training Tool: SKLZ Recoil 360

Battle-Tested Workout Equipment You Can Make Yourself

VertiMax CEO Mike Wehrell on Life After Football

Nike Basketball Officially Unveils the Nike Kyrie 1

The Best Home Exercise Equipment For Under $200

Preparation Nation: Hoover Buccaneers Basketball

Make the Most of Your Pre-season Training

3 Secrets of the NBA's Best Shooters

Fitbit Force: They Got it Right

Preparation Nation: Bishop Gorman Basketball

One Piece of Home Exercise Equipment Every Athlete Needs

You Need These 4 Fitness Training Accessories

Basketball Workout: Vary Your Equipment

WATCH: 5-Foot-2 Guard Drops 41 Points

3 Pieces of Inexpensive, Effective Football Training Equipment

Get More Explosive With James Harden's Workout

Basketball In-Season Battle Rope Complexes, Part 1

Improve Your Batting Average With a One-Handed Bat

Embrace Contact in Basketball With This Tool

Show Your Team Pride With a Cirrus Stability Ball

STACK Tests: RockTape

Best Baseball Equipment for Pitchers

Under Armour's Armour39 Helps Athletes Get Better

Under Armour Releases Veterans Day Kicks

Pros and Cons of Using a Weightlifting Belt

Spark Motion Takes Baseball Training to the Next Level

VIDEO: Steph Curry's Absurd Long-Range Shot

The Best Basketball Sneakers of 2014

Mayfield Wildcats Get a New Training Home

Under Armour Introduces the Curry One

Weight Room Debate: Should You Wear Lifting Gloves?

How to Improve Your Basketball Quickness in 5 Minutes

8 Training Innovations Shaping the Future of Fitness

EPIC Treadmills: Make Each Run Legendary

Short on Workout Equipment? Try These Tips, Part 2

The Secret Weapon Powering Stephen Curry's Resurgence

Common Lifting Accessories and What They Do For You

17 Insanely Expensive College Athletic Training Facilities

Previewing the Armour39

Best Basketball Training Equipment

Guide to Training on Different Surfaces

Previewing the New Fitbit Flex

Basketball Recruits: What You Should Do in November

Push-Up Equipment That Works

Low-Cost Speed Training Gear

How Skylar Diggins Became the Future of the WNBA

6 Ways to a Better High School Weight Room

Get Tougher With Skylar Diggins' Bodyweight Workout


A Field Guide to Weird Looking Weightlifting Bars