Roy Hibbert Kettlebell Swings
October 23, 2012
Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert performs Kettlebell Swings to improve his hip explosion while his strength coach Shawn Windle explains how an athlete should properly complete the movement.
About the Video
7'2" NBA center Roy Hibbert uses Kettlebell Swings during his workouts to improve his core strength and hip explosion in one movement. The exercise forces him to generate upward force with the weight to swing it up to chin level. By extending his hips explosively, Roy is using the key running and jumping muscles of his lower body---his glutes, hamstrings and quads---which are largely responsible for a basketball player's movement on the court.
Indiana Pacers head strength coach Shawn Windle explains that athletes should keep their arms straight and chest up when performing this lift. He also states that the movement can be performed as a warm-up before heavier lower-body lifts if the athlete keeps his heels on the ground, or as a more explosive movement if the athlete drives up onto his toes at the top.
See how Roy used his impressive hip power to dominate the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the 2011 NBA Playoffs in the seventh episode our Behind the Highlights
Also, learn how to perform Roy's other key exercises by watching his training clips below:
-Trap Bar Deadlift
-Single-Leg Stability Hold