You may not know that a battle rope workout for basketball players ups your game, but you will now. As sports science, research, methodologies and equipment improve, the ability to dial in your training is improving rapidly and giving athletes more control over how they push through to the next level. You've undoubtedly heard all manner of things ranging from innovative to eccentric, your favorite athletes use to get the edge on the competition. Don't worry, we're not going to tell you to go jump in a hyperbaric chamber, a float tank or get deep frozen with a cryogenic therapy session. Although, I've tried cryo and float tanks and they're definitely therapeutic, no doubt. I digress. We're here today to tell you about a much simpler method to take your basketball game to new heights- battle rope training.
Battle Rope Workout for Basketball = Slam DunkAs noted above, sports science and research has been improving exponentially. We're actually reaching a point of over-saturation of training methodologies and equipment, making it difficult for academics to churn out research fast enough. Fortunately, in 2018, a group of researchers in Taiwan, conducted a study about the influence of battle rope training on basketball. You might be thinking, "What?" If not, you already know that basketball in China is wildly popular. There already has been a steady flow of ex-college and ex-NBA players who've extended their careers going across the Pacific. Coincidentally, Jeremy Lin announced today that he's headed over there, because he inked a contract with the Beijing Ducks. The point is, don't underestimate the passion for basketball in China. The Chinese love the sport, and its popularity will keep surging in Asia, so expect Chinese players to eventually land in the NBA. Maybe battle rope workouts are getting them noticed by NBA scouts. Here's what that 2018 Taiwanese study found, that will get you noticed by NBA scouts too.
- The biggest finding was the improvement of your overall athleticism. Yeah, that sounds vague right? You're maybe thinking, "What, maybe I can shoot the ball from a farther distance?" No, much more than that. The study showed that battle rope training "...significantly enhanced multiple physical fitness dimensions, namely aerobic capacity, upper-body anaerobic power, upper-body power, lower-body power, and core endurance..." Umm...wow! That's more than half of what basketball physically requires.
- A battle rope workout for basketball also gives you more ups. Don't ask me how, but battle ropes make you jump higher. The study found that battle rope "training significantly increased the vertical jump height from 45.61 to 46.78 m (2.6%)." If I was still in high school playing basketball, I'd be running out to the store right now.
- It gets better. This will blow your mind. Battle rope training makes you a much better shooter. The study "...showed that battle rope training significantly increased free throw (pretraining: 66.5%; post-training: 75.8%) and dynamic 2-point shot percentages (pretraining: 36.7%; post-training: 50.0%)..."