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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Porter Rasmussen CO 2021 Basketball Recruiting Video Presented On US Sports Net By Gamed Planner Pro!

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4 Must Have Offensive Actions

by Coach Nick
4 Must Have Offensive Actions


Hey sports fans! Coach Nick here and welcome to BBALLBREAKDOWN!
Do you feel you’re not getting the most out of your team on offense? Does it seem like it’s too much of a struggle to score? Have you found too few resources that discuss specific offensive actions in detail? Coach Nick has spent the last decade pouring over basketball footage at every level, studying with incredible detail what offensive actions work and why, and for the first time ever, he’s sharing the secrets. With his Four Must-Have Offensive Actions video, you’ll be able to implement these very specific methods of attack for your team and see immediate results. While there are lots of ways for an offense to be successful generating shots, Coach Nick has realized there are some distinct patterns that emerge, breaking them down in easily digestible chapters so you can empower your players to put more pressure on the defense and generate great shots. Book this course......
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Coach Nick Hauselman is the man behind one of the most popular YouTube channels dedicated to NBA Analysis. When he's not busy breaking down the X's and O's of an NBA game, using voice over, freeze frames, and the telestrator, he's on the court filming demonstrations of the latest cutting edge techniques to make the most out of your ability. He started from the humble beginnings as a student manager at the University of Wisconsin under head coach Stu Jackson and assistants Stan Van Gundy and Sean Miller. Coach Nick then ran a large high school program in Los Angeles and is now leading the charge to help coaches take the next step into the modern era of basketball coaching. 
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Monday, June 1, 2020

Jacob Shadders Recruiting Video (Class of 2021) and How To Play Off-The-Ball At A Young Age

PG Jacob Shadders (Pittsford Mendon HS) highlights from the 2018-19 Section V Basketball Season. The Vikings reached the NYS championship game for the first time in school history.
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How To Play Off-The-Ball At A Young Age

By Brandon Ogle

Everyone wants to be the guy with the ball in the closing seconds.
However, after watching many great teams, I’ve realized that too many
of these “players” can have a significant negative impact for the team
overall. With this understanding, it’s not difficult to conclude that young
players need to develop the ability to play basketball without the ball in
their hands. There are so many situations throughout each game where
this comes into play.

Always Ready

MMA athlete and current UFC star Conor McGregor once said, “I stay ready so I don’t have to get ready.” Although MMA is much different than basketball, this concept of always being ready doesn’t change. Both sports require you to make decisions quickly. This idea relates perfectly to being a better off the ball player. Even when you don’t have the ball in your hands, you need to constantly be moving and working. When players start standing around, the offense quickly becomes stagnant.

Unfortunately, this happens far too often at the youth level. Young
players don’t see a need to move around if they don’t possess the
basketball. Whether you’re an outside shooter, a rebounder or a mid-range player, keep working and stay ready!

Wings/Guards: Roll Off Screens

When I make the claim that players need to play better off-the-ball, this statement has different implications for various types of players. I’ll start off with wings and guards. One of the best actions they can do is run off screens. In doing so, make sure you run off the screen so there is no space between yourself and the screener. This will ensure you create enough space from the defender. Then immediately after running off the screen, get your head up and create an open passing option for the ball handler. As I mentioned earlier, stay ready! A second piece of advice is to cut at different speeds. You don’t want to create an environment where your defender knows where and how
you’ll cut. This is easy to defend against! Always try faking them out by taking a step one way before sprinting off a screen. In the end, from each of these recommendations, the central interlocking element is this idea that you must be constantly be moving.
Keep in mind that after you receive the pass, you’ll need to be thinking about getting a shot off if you manage to get open. This video from former NBA assistant coach, Hal Wissel teaches the basics on shooting off the catch.

Bigs: Set Screens

Due to the nature of the position, bigs are often asked to set screens for the wings and guards. Often times, it will result in opportunities for the cutters and not the screener. All of this goes back to the concept of doing actions for the greater good of the team. In the terms of the actual screening process, make sure you stand firm and avoid falling victim to a moving screen turnover. This will quickly draw the ire of your coach! Sometimes, the screening process will result in chances for the actual screener. In these, you may set a screen and then roll. Think of a pick-and-roll offense here. In order to be effective with this, bigs need to work on catching the ball, putting a dribble or two down and shooting the ball. Conversely, it can be useful to take a step back to the three-point line before executing a catch-and-shoot situation. Again, as was the case with the wings, you need to always be on the move and ready
to make a play. Frequent Cuts As I alluded to earlier, one of the biggest downfall for teams can be too much stagnation. Players are just standing around and the ball handler doesn’t have any open passing lanes to find a teammate. Frequent cuts can eliminate this detriment. When cutting, keep in mind that the ball handler might not always see you when you get open. Don’t let this get
in your head and affect your game, just keep working and fighting out there. This is particularly important at the youth level. Young players might start to get frustrated when the point guard fails to see them when they’re wide open. Rather than letting this frustration boil, go and tell your point guard where to look, in what might be a soft spot in the defense.

Better Chemistry Amongst Teammates

Teams filled with players willing to play off-the-ball often possess great chemistry in the locker room. Even at the youth level, every team will probably have one or two players that are slightly more talented than the rest. However, not everyone will possess the skills to handle the ball a lot and distribute it amongst their teammates. This is why I sort-of consider great off-the-ball players to be terrific role players. They understand their role and are always willing to do whatever it takes to come out of a game with a win. Although, some great off-the-ball players are truly stars (think of Rip Hamilton, who will be discussed later), you need everyone on the court to be willing to be a great off-the-ball player. When players are playing for the greater good of the team, they start to
enjoy playing with each other since there is a greater sense of equalityamongst their teammates.

Rip Hamilton Example

In all my years watching nearly every level of basketball, one player I’ve always loved evaluating is Richard “Rip” Hamilton. The former Detroit Piston NBA Champion was a dynamite scorer, amassing a 17.1 scoring average over his 14-year NBA career. A lot of these points came from the topics I’ve discussed above. When playing with the Pistons, he had a point guard in Chauncey Billups who had great vision of the court. Hamilton was always rolling off screens and creating passing opportunities for Billups. Upon receiving the pass, Hamilton wouldn’t hesitate to pull up mid-range for the jumper. You’ll likely never find a better mid-range shooter than Rip.
Tom Izzo and Coachtube

Keep Moving!

Playing off the ball ultimately boils down to always being on the move. Defenses are going to look to get in a rhythm to where they are always in the right place. Conversely, offenses want to disrupt this and keep them thinking. Whether you’re a forward, center or guard, there is always something to be doing. For young players, acquiring this skill and knowledge can pay serious dividends as you progress in your basketball career.
Other recommended offensive courses:
Fundamentals and Finishing by Dave Severns
Great Pick and Roll Plays with Lason Perkins
Guard/Wing Workout featuring Coach Rob Moxley

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Kody Harris - Fort Bend Travis High School Basketball Recruiting Video - Class of 2021 Presented On US Sports Net by Game Planner Pro!

Kody Harris - Fort Bend Travis High School Basketball Recruiting Highlight Video - Class of 2021


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Tomorrow’s Stars Basketball

By: Brett Rainbow

If you have developed an interest in the sport, you may have considered USA basketball tours. Basketball is taken very seriously in the States, and it is a good idea to develop an understanding of the organizations and categories before you take a tour.

A Little History

USA Basketball is the nonprofit organisation and governing national body for basketball in the United States. The company is based in Colorado Springs and was established in 1974 as the Amateur Basketball Association of the U.S. The name was changed in 1989 after the rules were modified by FIBA to allow professional players to participate in competitions.

As the governing body recognised by FIBA (International Basketball Federation) and USOC (United States Olympic Committee), USA Basketball has the responsibility to select, train and field USA teams.

The Member Categories

There are five categories of basketball in U.S Basketball. The three professional leagues are the National Basketball Association, National Basketball Association Development League, and Women’s National Basketball Association. These are the teams you will see on NBA basketball tours. There is also a collegiate category that has the National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes and National Junior College Athletic Association as members.

The Scholastic category features the National Federation of State High School Associations. While the Youth category contains the Amateur Athletic Union. The final category is the Associate category with members including the Harlem Globetrotters, National Basketball Players Association, National Wheelchair Basketball Association, United States Armed Forces and College Commissioners Association.

The Stats

Between 2009 and 2012, there were 1273 players and 235 coaches participating in USA Basketball. The teams compiled a fantastic 264/35 win loss record across FIBA competitions and other championships and competitions.
The competitions USA teams participate in include FIBA World Championships, the Olympics, Nike Hoops Summit, FIBA 3x3 World Championships, World University Games and Pan American Games.

USA basketball tours allow you to see the biggest names in basketball. The tours are designed to allow you to take a tour of some of the best NBA basketball teams for a true fan experience. There are extra options including sightseeing, functions, and dinners, allowing you an exceptional, once in a lifetime opportunity. You can also gain access to tour merchandise to purchase keepsakes for all the basketball enthusiasts in your life.

If you are interested in USA basketball tours, you should speak to us. Tomorrow’s Stars not only offers basketball coaching, but also a selection of USA and NBA basketball tours. You’ll also find our team ready to answer any queries or questions you may have to help you plan your once in a lifetime basketball adventure. Get in touch with us today; we’d be delighted to assist you.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

High School Basketball Live On US Sports Net Presented By BBcom Featuring: ECC Boys' Basketball Finals

The Eastern Connecticut Conference boys' basketball finals live from Mohegan Sun Arena. 
6:00 p.m. - St. Bernard vs. Plainfield 
8:00 p.m. - Norwich Free Academy vs. Ledyard
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Using Fitness To Increase Basketball Performance: Smart Moves For Training!

Whether you're a recreational basketball player or playing for your school, using fitness to improve your performance is smart. Here are some great exercises and workouts to build your skills for greater success on the court.

Article Summary:

  • Recovery from your workouts will be critical to progress.
  • Work on your chest and triceps to develop shooting explosiveness.
  • Plyometric exercises will help increase your rebounding abilities.
  • Whether you're a recreational basketball player or are playing for your high school or university team and take a much more professional attitude towards the game, using fitness to help improve your performance is a smart move.
    Many people, when thinking of fitness, tend to think of time spent on the treadmills, weight machines, or on the ab mats doing crunches. Unfortunately, this is skewed thinking because many exercises that you can perform in the fitness and weight room will have a direct transfer over to how well you do on the court.
    By incorporating some smart fitness movements into your training program, you will really see increases in your durability, jumping, and striking skills during the game. Here is what to consider.
    Training For Basketball

    dot Pylon Runs: dot

      Being able to weave in and out around players is going to be one of the most successful skills you need in basketball in order to be successful. When you've got the ball, endorphins will be at an all time high and there will be many players coming after you. Unless you're able to successfully maneuver your direction around these players quickly, you will be stopped and likely lose control over the ball.
      To improve these skills, place a series of pylons staggered across an empty gym or field. Once set-up, run through them going to one end and then back again.

    Pylon: A pylon is another name for a cone-shaped marker.

    A Pair Of Pylons.

      There are many variations on this exercise you can do here including going to one pylon, switching directions and running back, going to the second pylon, switching directions and then running back, and so on in that fashion until you have completed all the pylons. Another option, which also helps make this exercise much more basketball specific, is to also work on dribbling the basketball through the pylons while doing the exercise. This will help you improve your ability to maintain control over the ball, increasing your ability to withstand players trying to get in your pathway.
      If you really want to bump up the intensity of the exercise, try running through the pylons facing forwards, and then coming back to the start running in the backwards direction.
    dot Wall Bounds: dot

      Next up, the next exercise that would be a good addition to your program are wall bounds. These will help increase your jumping ability, allowing you to rebound off the ground more effectively to make the jump shots that are necessary during the game. To perform these, stand about 3 sets back from a wall. Then, take one and a half steps forward, rebounding off the foot that is standing on the last step, reaching as far up on the wall as possible.
      Note that you can do this off one leg or two legs. Two legs will allow you to jump higher and will also work coordination slightly more, while rebounding off one leg will increase your leg power in the single leg and will really enhance fast-twitch muscle fiber recruitment.
    dot Jump Squat-Basketball Shoot: dot

      To up the intensity of the regular jump squat and make it more basketball specific, this is what you'll do. Holding a basketball in your hands at about the same level that you would use to shoot it with, bend down, and move into the full squat position. From there, rebound upwards, jumping off the floor as high as you can. While doing so, proceed to shoot the ball outwards to a partner who is standing a few feet away and will catch the ball. This throwing action while you are in mid-air will help to throw you off balance slightly, working your ability and stabilization skills as you come back down to the ground.
      As you land, have your partner pass the ball back down to you, and try and grab a hold of it as you move back down into the squat position.
    dot Explosive Bench Press: dot

      To work on your shooting explosiveness, you'll want to develop strong chest and tricep muscles, as these are the primary movers when going to shoot the ball. The twist you're going to put on this exercise however is when going through the push-through motion, you'll want to try pushing the weight upwards as quickly as possible. Once you're at the top of the movement, pause for a second and then lower the weight to the chest slowly to a count of three.
      Doing the movement in this fashion will help you work on your driving force, which should help you propel the basketball faster through the air, making it harder for your opponents to stop.
    dot Side Twisting Abdominal Strengthener: dot

      Another element that you'll need to preferably develop is your ability to control twisting motion as it comes at you. Lack of flexibility in the core area as well as weak core muscles will make you more susceptible to injuries, as well as it will make passing off the ball to other players when you need to in a twisted movement pattern a lot harder. To increase your skill level in this respect, place a weighted bar behind your head, balanced over your shoulders as if you were going to do a squat position.
      From there, while holding onto the bar with your hands, begin twisting slowly to one direction, pause, and then twist back to the other side.
      This exercise will not seem all that difficult to perform, however the key is in keeping the bar under control and increasing the range of motion with which you are able to comfortable twist to each side.
    Sample Workout Routine

    So, keep all of these ideas in mind as you go about creating your basketball workout program. Also remember that because basketball is a sport that's going to utilize many anaerobic processes and plyometric movements, you'll really want to pay attention to your total volume to ensure that you aren't doing more than the body can effectively handle.
    Recovery from your workouts will be critical to progress, so when in doubt opt for the less is more philosophy. Here is a sample workout routine you could start implementing in your program to see progress in the right direction.
    dot Warm-Up: dot

      Running down the court - run to each of the following points, turn around, and then run back to the start before going to the next distance:
      • 1/4 mark
      • 1/2 mark
      • 3/4 mark
      • Full
    dot Agility Component: dot

      The purpose of this portion of the workout is to build up your reaction time as well as enhance your ability to maintain control despite other players trying to block you.
      1. Pylon run without a basketball, running as quickly as possible through the pylons

      2. Pylon run with the basketball, working on maintaining control the entire time

      3. Front pylon run with backwards jog back to start
      Note on all the agility components you should be trying to weave as tight to the pylons as possible while progressing through the movement.
    dot Strength Component: dot

    Tempo: The first number is the amount of seconds it takes for the concentric portion of the exercise. The second number is the amount of seconds to pause. The third number is the amount of seconds it takes for the eccentric portion of the exercise. For example, Barbell Squat: 2 sets of 6-8 reps, tempo 2:1:1. You would lower the weight for two seconds, pause for one second, then raise the weight in one second.

    dot Plyometric Component: dot

    dot Cool-Down: dot

      Finally, to round off the workout, you'll want to perform some stretches for your hamstrings, hip flexors, as well as the shoulder joints to loosen up the muscles that typically can become tense after hours spent on the court. Be sure to hold each stretch for a good 20-30 seconds each time you do it so you can ensure you're getting maximum benefits.

    Monday, March 2, 2020

    NCAA Women's Basketball: Women's Basketball - Temple at Tulane Presented Live on US Sports Net By BBcom

    Lady Owls @ The Green Wave Live On US Sports Net From The American Digital Network.

    Fitness Amateur Of The Week: She's Got Skills! From

    Basketball was her first love and fitness came second. That was until her career as a Florida Gator ended. Now Steffi lives under the bar and pushes her body in unconventional ways!
    Name: Steffi Sorensen
    BodySpace: steffisorensen
    Personal website:
    Location: Jacksonville, Florida
    Age: 24   Height: 5-foot-10   Weight: 136
    Years bodybuilding: 1
    How did your fitness journey begin?
    The entire concept of bodybuilding is relatively foreign to me. The idea of athletics and fitness, however, is not. I've been a basketball player since age four. My mom had to sweet talk the camp counselor to sneak me in because the cut off age was five. Throughout my life, I traveled from tournament to tournament working on my basketball skills in hopes to play in college. I was a tall, gangly girl trying to compete with the best, and at times, felt out of place. But I was better than I thought.

    After my senior year, I was named 2006 Miss Florida Basketball; a relatively prestigious award which typically results in big scholarship offers. But the phone calls for major universities never came and I was criticized for winning the award. I ended up playing for a Division-II school, and later a junior college. My dream was to be a Florida Gator, but it wasn't that easy. At 5-foot-10, 125 pounds, I wasn't exactly the prototype scouts salivate over. My junior college was located in the same town as the University of Florida (Gainesville) and I attended Gator games.
    My uncle once met legendary University of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt on an airplane. He explained he had a niece who played basketball and she should check me out. She signed and wrote a few sentences on Tennessee Volunteer letterhead telling me to always chase my dreams. I'll address that story of irony later. Florida ended up noticing me, but all they could offer was a position as a preferred walk-on and I gladly committed, knowing that I might never see game action. My coach forgot to put my name on the practice schedule during the first day of practice. The next day, coaches told me I would have a small role on the team. My belief remained intact and I knew, given the opportunity, that I was good enough to play.
    I was put in during the first game of my junior year, and with the exception of that game, started every game for the next two years. I hit the go-ahead three-pointer to stop Pat Summitt and the Lady Vols from her 1,000th win on ESPN. That's the irony I can now smile about. These accomplishments showed me what self-empowerment can do for someone. I signed a pro contract to play in France following graduation.

    Looking back at my collegiate career, I could barely bench 75 pounds for 12 reps during my freshman year. When basketball ended, I dedicated myself to lifting more frequently and eating cleaner. Now, I can proudly say I bench 135 pounds for 12 reps. I refuse to let others outwork me because I know how hard it is to achieve your goals and chase your dreams. Everyone has their own story. This is mine.
    How did your passion for fitness emerge?
    My body type makes it hard to gain muscle. This frustrates me, but it also motivates me. I strive for excellence. I have to work 10 times harder to make my body look a certain way and I'm glad to make gains and reach goals each week. Whether I'm entering a gym or walking onto a basketball court, if I don't give 100 percent someone else will.
    What/Who motivates you to live a healthy lifestyle?
    The adjustment I made to eat clean was a big transition that became daily motivation. As an athlete, I watched what I ate, but it wasn't strict. The entire process is my every day inspiration to live a better life knowing I put good food in my body.
    Where did you go for inspiration?
    After returning home from France, I joined a local gym and caught the eye of the manager for the way I trained. He said I trained like a wild woman. In my eyes, I was doing what I knew. I love working hard and he enjoyed my enthusiasm, so he became my personal trainer. The trainers were in phenomenal shape, looked great, and inspired me to become more fit and muscular, which ultimately led me to where millions of others shared the same interests.

    What are your future fitness plans?
    I take each day as another opportunity to conquer a new feat or goal I have in place. I hope to continue my broadcasting career in sports and hope it can lead me to fitness opportunities where I can speak on behalf of companies or share my vision.
    What is the most important fitness tip?
    You will never leave a workout wishing you hadn't gone. You will only regret not going.
    Who is your favorite fitness competitor?
    I personally have not encountered many fitness competitors, at least not professionals, but one who I admire is Dana Linn Bailey. She's constantly kicking ass in the gym and I respect people with athletic backgrounds who apply it to bodybuilding.
    How did help you reach your goals? does many wonderful things for people of all levels. There's never a dull moment on the website and there's always something insightful to read or information to be learned. I have many supplements from and their reliable and quick service keeps me going every day. BodySpace helps you see what others are doing compared to what you're doing. That's always interesting because my philosophy is you can never know enough.
    I've been a color analyst and sideline worker for ESPN3. I've also been featured in sports commercials for Gatorade and Omega during the Olympics.
    Photo credit
    Matt Pendleton Photography

    Sunday, March 1, 2020

    NCAA Basketball NIRSA Men's Regional Basketball Championship Live and Choose Your Implement: Strongman Training For Sports

    NIRSA Men's Regional Basketball Championship at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ.

    Choose Your Implement: Strongman Training For Sports from

    It's easy to get caught up in sport-specific training, but sometimes athletes can benefit from a little time training under the rubric of another sport. Meet strongman, your key to increased power, endurance, and muscular control!
    A competitive season has distinct beginnings and ends. You know where you're going and if you've gotten there. Strength, on the other hand, isn't a destination; it's an ongoing and ever-changing struggle. This is true no matter your goals, from trying to increase the amount you can lift, to using strength to build speed or athletic prowess. Because those goals are so open-ended, it's easy to fall into a rut after training for an extended period.
    When this happens, it's easy to just start shopping around for a newer or "better" program. Countless programs await you online and in magazines. Most of the time, they're basically a more complicated, more time-consuming version of what you're doing already. If your goal is to take your competitive ability to the next level, they're not going to get you there. In this case you need a wholly different style of training, one that reinforces the foundational concepts of strength training, but still blows up the conventional program.
    I'm talking about strongman training, or dinosaur training, implement, functional, and few other names, none of which really captures just what a boon it can be to just about any athlete. I'm talking track stars, bodybuilders, volleyball players, golfers, soccer players, firefighters, football linemen—everyone.
    No matter your fitness destination, spending a little time with strongman training can help you get there. It'll refresh a stale strength regimen. If or when you go back to your old program, you'll be stronger, leaner, and tougher than ever. Just try it!

    It's All About the Movement ///

    Because strongman training uses such unique implements, it's easy to focus your attention on the things rather than the movements. But make no mistake: the movements make this style of training so special. You simply can't pull a truck or flip a tractor tire with singular muscle groups. You have to dig deep, learn where your power comes from, how to access it, and how to implement it efficiently and effectively.
    Think of a sprinter in the starting blocks, leaning forward 45 degrees. This is the same position an American football lineman will take at the line of scrimmage before engaging his opponent. Not coincidentally, this is the same position a strongman athlete takes when flipping a tire. In each case, this position enables the immediate employment of explosive force—if you know where that force comes from. If you don't, you'll lose the race, the tire will stay on the ground, and you'll get bullrushed by the beast on the other side of the line of scrimmage.
    Where is that power generated? It comes from your largest muscle groups, the hips and legs, by employing what is known as the triple extension movement. The triple extension movement is used by athletes to open up the hip, knee and ankle joints almost simultaneously in order to maximize the output of power from the lower body. Think of an Olympic clean or a volleyball spike—those are two classic triple extension movements. The triple extension is also foundational to strongman training.
    The benefits don't end there. Back squats and snatches are two examples of multi-joint exercises that are known to transfer well to athletics. But, strongman techniques can offer the same type of benefits, such as better motor unit and muscle recruitment, forging of neurological pathways. Strongman movements have a built-in endurance component, so you burn fat and condition as you train. And when it comes to working as many muscles as possible in the shortest amount of time, they can't be beat.

    Introducing Your Implements ///

    Below are examples of a strongman implements, as well as explanations of how they can benefit any pro athlete or weekend warrior. If you're only familiar with them from TV or YouTube, they may seem a bit intimidating, but don't let their appearances get to you. As former World's Strongest Man Anthony Clark once told me, "We all start with an empty bar." Strongman training is easily scalable, and I've included what I feel are the most effective cues.
    Muscles Used: Glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, shoulders, chest, trunk
    Benefits: Power positioning, explosiveness, full-body pushing and pulling strength
    Set a distance, a time, or number of flips. You'll generate the power needed to get this beast moving from the hips and legs. Do not use your biceps! As you start the motion from the ground, bring one knee up explosively to the tire in order to keep the momentum going. Get underneath the tire and push hard, almost like you're doing a standing bench press.
    Muscles Used: Shoulders, triceps, quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, trunk
    Benefits: Upper body strength, trunk stability, "dip and drive" coordination of
    the lower body
    This isn't your normal everyday clean and press. In implement training, we use oddly-shaped items like partially filled kegs or sandbags. This is similar to an overhead press, except you now have the added difficulty of sand or water sloshing around inside the implement while trying to lift it. It adds a whole different dimension!
    Muscles Used: Chest, shoulders, back, forearms, trunk
    Benefits: Muscular endurance, trunk stability, grip strength
    Once again, you're going to use irregular items like kegs and sandbags. As with the tire flip, select a legitimate time or distance for the carry. Make sure you have a solid grip on the implement and keep it close to you. Do not use your biceps to hold the object in place—they're not up to the task.
    IMPLEMENT 4 // WEIGHTED PULL/DRAGMuscles Used: Quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, glutes, back, shoulders,
    forearms, trunk
    Benefits: Lower body force development, grip, trunk strength
    That's a lot of different muscles you're using! But just like in the previous movements, it's imperative that you remember to generate power out of your hips and legs, not your lower back or biceps. As long as you do that, this is a simple and easily adaptable movement. You can do it wearing a harness and walking forward with the weight, or sitting with your feet propped up against something and pulling arm over arm.
    Use anything from a sled to a semi-truck. You can just even stack some 45-pound plates, run a rope through the middle, and drag away.
    Muscles Used: Shoulders, arms, trunk, legs
    Benefits: Grip strength, muscular endurance, trunk stability, gait coordination
    Like the weighted pull, this can be easily adapted to work with different objects. Just set a fixed distance, grab something stupidly heavy in each hand, and go. Keep your chest up and back straight. Take quick, small steps in order to maintain your balance—you'll quickly discover you don't have a choice about this. Make sure the distance is legitimate; 3 or 4 feet doesn't cut it. For added difficultly, include a turnaround point and head back to your starting point. You can include a time element here once you get your land legs.
    Muscles Used: Shoulders, triceps, quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, trunk
    Benefits: Upper body strength, trunk stability, "dip and drive" coordination of
    the lower body
    This and the tire flip are the only movements here where you are bound to a specific implement. But if you've been wondering what to do with that branch that fell into your yard during a windstorm, meet your next weekend project. As for the lift: do it in three parts. First, lap the log by squatting down and lifting it into your lap; then, keep the log high on your chest, and stand up like you're doing a front squat, swinging your elbows under the log. Steady yourself, take a deep breath, and drive the log up with your legs, finishing by locking out your arms.
    If You Had To Pick ONLY 1 - Which Of The 6 Strongman Implements Would You Choose? Tell Us Why In The Page Comments.

    Tire Flip
    Clean and Press
    Hug Carry
    Weighted Pull/Drag
    Farmer's Walk
    Log Press

    Strongman Programming ///

    Unless you're preparing for a strongman meet, I don't suggest doing all six of these on the same day. Pick three, and alternate them with your normal workout once per week.
    Getting these events set up, doing them, and trying to recover tends to make for a long training session. For this reason, I like to dedicate a training day for these implements alone instead of trying to work them in with other gym lifts. If you can't set aside a dedicated strongman day, try these methods:
    • Work with heavy implements on a medium exercise day. In other words, don't try max effort farmer walks right after setting a PR in the squat. Do 3-4 sets for each implement at about 85 percent of 1RM with at least 5 minutes rest in between each set, or until someone calls 911.
    • Perform dynamic implements on a heavy exercise day. In this case, go ahead and do those heavy squats, and then do implements at around 75 percent of 1RM for speed. Do 3-4 sets for each implement with about 2 minutes rest between each set ... Of course, that 911-call is still an option, too.