The 8 Best Basketball Core Exercises (plus core workout)

Fitness and core strength are an important aspect of physical preparedness for basketball. Yes drills are the most important but using core workouts to train the m core muscles is also a great way to prep for your next match or season. Try each core exercise below and check out the basketball core workout too.

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Sean Klein
Published on
08/04/22
Last updated
02/05/22
In This Resource
  • The 8 Best Core Exercises For Basketball Players
  • Sample Core Workout For Basketball Players
  • Common Questions
  • How Are Core Muscles Used In Basketball?
  • How Do I Get An Athletic Core?
  • Is Strength Training and Core Workouts Beneficial To Basket Ball Players?

Basketball is an extremely competitive sport, so doing everything to prepare for a match or for the season is a necessity. Preparing yourself physically for basketball is a tough challenge, a challenge which should involve some form of core development. Let’s have a look at these 8 exercises you can add to your training regime to improve your core musculature.

The 8 Best Core Exercises For Basketball Players

Sample Core Workout For Basketball Players

Complete 3 rounds

1. KB Side Plank

Hold for 20 seconds

2. Landmine Full Contact Twist

Complete 6 repetitions

3. Plank Shift with Reach

Complete 16 repetitions

Common Questions

How Are Core Muscles Used In Basketball?

The core muscles are so vast that its hard to say which specific movements they do. If you think about hip stabilisation and how important that would be for a basketball player. Or rotational strength, physical resilience when in contact with others, the core muscles are used in all aspects of the sport.

How Do I Get An Athletic Core?

Consistent training of the core musculature using a variety of movement patterns. Having a well rounded full body strength training routine with core exercises integrated in is probably the best for developing a well rounded athletic core, it cannot just be plank and sit ups.

Is Strength Training and Core Workouts Beneficial To Basket Ball Players?

Yes, however it should never be placed of higher importance than the game itself. Also conditioning plays a huge role in basketball performance so having very high amounts of muscle mass isn’t very beneficial. The strength training should be specific to the game of basketball and cater to the body types of basketball players.

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