See How Dwyane Wade Developed His Ability to Drive to the Hoop | STACK

The Secret Behind Dwyane Wade's Slashing Drives

May 13, 2013

Dwyane Wade  made his name in the NBA by being incredibly explosive with the ball in his hands. Whether he's driving to the rim for one of his epic high-flying finishes or penetrating the defense to dish the ball to an open teammate at the perimeter, Dwyane is lethal when he puts the ball on the floor.

Dwyane's offensive speed and slashing ability are derived from his focus on single-leg strength and power. The running and jumping involved in basketball require a player to rapidly generate force into the ground by pushing off with one leg. Very rarely does a player push off with two legs at the same time.

Tim Grover, owner of ATTACK Athletics and Dwyane's off-season performance coach, has designed the perfect workout to develop single-leg power. “I want him to generate as much force as possible, not only from a single-leg jump, but also from a running standpoint,” Grover says. “Our workout is geared toward a lot of firing of the hamstrings and glutes, and by bringing the leg all the way back.”

The key component of Dwyane's workout is the Alternate Explosive Leg Press, which forces him to rapidly fire both legs as fast as possible for a specified period of time. Following a set, he told us, "Man, this burns like crazy, but I know it is great for my legs once I'm out there on the court."

Learn to slash like D-Wade the next time you go head-to-head with your opponent:

Alternate Explosive Leg Press

  • Assume position on Alternate Leg Press machine with knees bent at a 90-degree angle
  • In alternating fashion, explosively extend each leg completely, making sure to achieve a 90-degree knee bend with opposite leg
  • Continue in alternating fashion for target reps within specified duration

Sets/Reps: 3x15 each leg within 20 seconds rest

Coaching Point: Bring knee to minimum of a 90-degree angle on each rep

Josh Staph
- Josh Staph is the Senior Vice President, Content at STACK Media and joined the company shortly after it was founded in 2005. He graduated from...
Josh Staph
- Josh Staph is the Senior Vice President, Content at STACK Media and joined the company shortly after it was founded in 2005. He graduated from...
More Cool Stuff You'll Like

The 12 Best RDL Variations

Why One Bench Press Is Not Enough

Build Explosive Hips to Jump Higher

Man Does 4,300 Pull-Ups in One Day

3 Simple Tips to Deadlift More Weight

Breathing Exercises to Strengthen Your Lifts

The Upper-Body Endurance Combo Workout

Get More Explosive With James Harden's Workout

Welcome to Andre Ethier's Funhouse

Hockey Training Designed Specifically for Goalies

Concussion FAQs

5 Tips to Survive an Obstacle Course Race

3D Triceps Workout: 3 Exercises for Huge Arms

The Bedroom Bodyweight Workout

Download Load-Out

Female Athletes: 4 Ways to Test if Your Knees Are Durable

40-Yard Dash Form Tips From the Pros

Build Rock Solid Glutes With This 30-Day Workout Plan

The Batting Tee Drill That Powers LSU Baseball

Improve Your Durability With 3 BOSU Exercises

The 4 Rules of Bulking Up

Should You Train for Absolute or Explosive Strength?

Morgan Maroney Is a Soccer Standout on the Rise

Build Toughness With This Weight Vest Basketball Workout

3 Athletic Arm Exercises for Big Guns

Develop Speed With a Power Bag Workout

Bilateral or Unilateral Exercises: Which Are Better?

3 Tips to Maximize Your Off-Season Baseball Training

Kettlebell Swing vs. Olympic Lifting: Which Is Better?

School of Hard Knocks

4 Tips to Rebuild Your Body When Your Performance Suffers

The Hardest Plank of All Time

How to Train During Your Hockey Season

The Softball Dugout Workout

4 Easy Fixes for Your Bench Press Routine

Build Hockey Speed and Power with the Hang Clean

Develop a Bulletproof Core With Advanced Barbell Rollouts

Why NFL Draft Prospects Are Running Faster Than Ever

Why You're Not Reaching Your Strength and Speed Potential

Strengthen Your Core With Advanced Plate Push-Outs

7 Tips to Master Single-Leg Exercises

Hanley Ramirez's Overhead Tire Pull

Baseball Workout for Power Hitting

Why the Dead Bug Is Changing Core Training

4 Strength Exercises for Female Athletes

Train Like a SEAL

Why Bear Crawls Are All the Rage Right Now

The Athlete's Trouble Spots: Knees and Shoulders

The Driveway Workout

James Harrison's Physioball Side-to-Side Bridge

3 Loading Schemes to Build Muscle Size

5 Exercises to Keep Your Shoulders Healthy All Season Long

Get Tougher With Skylar Diggins' Bodyweight Workout

Do Your First Deadlift

Sumo Deadlift for Football Strength

How to Get Fit Like a Marine