4 Exercises to Increase Your Lacrosse Shot Power

Increase your lacrosse shot power with four exercises performed by the Duke University men's lacrosse team.

A lacrosse shot is a full-body effort. The muscles in your lower body, core and upper body work together to explosively and precisely fire the ball. To improve this critical skill, you need to train your body accordingly.

Carl Christensen, strength coach for the Duke men's lacrosse team and Performance Advisor for BridgeLacrosse, explains that strengthening the kinetic chain is crucial, not only for improving your shot power, but also for injury prevention. You could have the hardest shot on the team, but a hidden weakness could leave you sitting on the bench. "Some of our guys who shoot the hardest are very weak in areas you wouldn't think," Christensen says.

It all starts with the lower body. Strengthening your hips, glutes and other lower-body muscles allows you to drive off the ground to create the majority of the power for your shot. Christensen prefers single-leg exercises for this purpose, because they increase stability and balance strength in both of your legs so your shot is equally effective from either side.

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