7'2" NBA center Roy Hibbert works up to 540 pounds on the Trap Bar Deadlift to strengthen his hips, glutes, quads, hamstrings and core. Indiana Pacers head strength coach Shawn Windle explains how the lift develops the type of lower-body strength and power that a basketball player needs to jump higher, box out opponents and fight for rebounds on the court.
Windle also describes how to properly perform the lift, explaining that Roy needs to keep his back flat, chest up and knees behind his toes. Additionally, Roy performs the lift with a special trap bar that fits his large frame. He also begins with the trap bar resting on the safety pins of a squat rack so that he doesn't have to bend all the way down to the ground to complete the lift.
See how Roy put this amazing leg and hip strength into action by posting 19 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks in Game 3 of the 2011 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat in episode seven of our Behind the Highlights
Also, learn how to perform Roy's other key exercises by watching his training clips below:
-Single-Leg Stability Hold