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A Tough Basketball Workout to Build Conditioning and Skills

February 4, 2013 | Kyle Ohman

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Sure, running sprints is great conditioning, but how does it improve your basketball skills? Maximize your time and effort to become a better basketball player with the following five drills.

Along with working on physical skills, you'll also be testing your mental toughness. This basketball conditioning workout will challenge your focus, because you'll have to concentrate on hitting shots and making the right moves when you're tired. This will translate into late-game situations when you're tired yet still have the ability to make the right play.

Number Drill

This is a great drill to get in shape, work on your ball handling and make you think as you get tired. The drill has several variations that keep it fresh and challenging.

Cone Touches Competition Dribbling Drill

Any time you compete against someone else, you're going to push yourself harder and get more out of the workout. This drill is really good for working on ball handling while also enhancing your conditioning and endurance.

Defensive Slides to Offensive Transition Drill

This drill helps you go from playing defense to getting a steal and immediately getting out in transition and going in to score. The drill forces you to work on defense and then score in transition. To make it more difficult, start as far back as you want.

Pitch Ahead 3's

When you can mix in shooting with a conditioning drill, you'll find it a lot easier to get out and run. Some players can run from farther back than half court each time.

Star Drill

Like with the Number Drill, you can do a bunch of different things with this conditioning drill. Keep it fresh and choose different types of shots you want to work on. Make sure to stay mentally tough. Try to lock in and make each shot.

Kyle Ohman
- Kyle Ohman was a 1,000-point scorer at Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.). In his senior year, he was ranked as the 19th best shooter in the...
Kyle Ohman
- Kyle Ohman was a 1,000-point scorer at Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.). In his senior year, he was ranked as the 19th best shooter in the...
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