Build the Perfect Basketball Body

STACK combs through eight years of archives to find the best basketball exercises used by the pros to build the perfect basketball body.

Multi-Directional Med Ball Lunge

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Why it made the cut: Basketball players drive off one leg, so they need to be strong in that position. This exercise works each leg independently in three directions—straight ahead, 45 degrees right and 45 degrees left—simulating movements you make during games. Kevin Durant holds a med ball to add extra weight on his legs while also strengthening his arms and shoulders. The med ball eliminates stress to his back that could come from a traditional Lunge with a barbell on his back—a great benefit for athletes new to strength training. Learn the Multi-Directional Med Ball Lunge.

Sets/Reps: 2-4×9-12 each leg (3-4 lunges in each position)


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