Train to be Clutch
Fatigue alters your wrist positioning and sabotages your jump shot, say researchers in Slovenia. But your core’s the issue—not your arms. “As your core tires out, you’re likely to overcompensate with your legs or upper body, which changes the mechanics of your shot,” says Steve Hess MS, an assistant strength coach for the Denver Nuggets. Here’s your fix:
1. Grab a towel in each hand and face a wall, 2′ away, with your knees slightly bent and your feet hip-width apart. Keep your elbows bent at chest height. Now shift your weight from your heels to your toes and place your hands on the wall.
2. Perform a half squat, and as you lower your body, slide your hands up the wall, stopping above your head. Stand up again as you move your hands back down to the starting position. Complete 6 reps.
3. Now place your right leg slightly wider than hip width. Slide your arms as before when you squat. Keep your body centered and balanced. Do 6 reps, and repeat to your left for 6 reps. That’s 1 set. Complete 3 sets total.
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