Gain leverage over your opponent- Lateral Lunge

Increase your ability to move in an athletic position.  The game of basketball is played at multiple angles consisting of a large percent of lateral movements.  Perform lateral lunge for increased mobility and strength in hips and adductors.

The lateral lunge is a must for any basketball player-  (video via @coreperformance)

How to Apply to Training-

  • Incorporate into the warm-up with movement
  • Add resistance to apply as a strengthening tool

Keys to a Lateral Lunge-

  1. Reach back in the lateral lunge,sitting back in the glutes
  2. Not letting the knee go in front of the toes
  3. Keeping intermedial foot on the ground
  4. Knee inside the big toe for power and change of direction
  5. Proud Posture

Game Application-

The "Answer" showing proper form

Forget ankles AI broke MJ's stance first.(see left knee)

About Michael Atkinson

Mike Atkinson,CSCS, is the owner of Elite Pro Performance and the on court performance director at Sierra Strength & Speed. Considered to be a specialist of Keiser performance equipment, Mike is known as a hybrid basketball performance trainer focusing on strength, movement, and basketball fundamentals. Atkinson’s experience and current work with NBA Player Development Specialist Aubrey McCreary has given him a unique set of skills to train players on sports specific patterns and positioning at a professional level. Atkinson’s training experience includes work with numerous NBA draftees, multiple Division 1 athletes, and other professional clients. He has also worked as a performance consultant in the NBA Development League and has directed basketball performance training camps and clinics for youth athletes on the West coast.
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