Basketball Tips and Tricks Lesson 7: How-To Dunk

Monster Dunks:

The Harlem Globetrotters have some of the best dunkers in the world.  It takes a combination of athletic ability and physical height to be able to dunk, but even some of the shortest players on the team can dunk with extra hard work.  Jumping exercises are the most important drill to work on if you want to dunk.  While the concept is simple, there are some important details to keep in mind.  The Harlem Globetrotters How-To series is designed to teach you those details.

Harlem Globetrotter Training Drills Checklist

1. Calf raises: Strong calves are one of the most important muscles to develop in order to jump high and dunk.  Calf raises are an easy exercise you can do without any equipment.  Make sure to stretch your calves before and after to keep the muscle loose.

2. Backboard touches: Another good jumping exercise is backboard touches.  Stand underneath the basketball hoop, bend your knees and jump up as high as you can.  If you can’t reach the backboard don’t worry; just jump and reach as high as you can.  Jump up as high as you can 10 times in a row and then rest.  Do three sets of 10 jumps.

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