Determination And Dedication
LeBron James is more than just an NBA player. He's a superstar. He's a global superstar. And he’s the guy, chasing Michael Jordan for the title of the greatest basketball player of all time. You don't fall into these things by accident. It takes hard work, dedication, and determination. Dieting and workout plans have just as much to do with his success as sinking jumpers. You probably already know all of this. But what you might be surprised to learn is that James uses a number of yoga-based moves with the assistance of an exercise ball to stay at the top of his game.
James’ core muscles are relied upon greatly to make all of his dynamic moves and dunks during a game. It takes a lot of special training to move in this way, and he relies heavily on an exercise ball for assistance. He performs front and side planks to build core strength. He also uses the ball to perform ab rollouts and crunches. These exercises force his body to engage and build a solid foundation for movement. In an up and down game like basketball he needs the ability to change speeds and direction quickly, and that's exactly what these core exercise ball workouts help him with.
You think of LeBron as this huge guy, standing 6’8, 265 lbs. It is well known that he can hold his own in the weight room, but nothing replaces a good old-fashioned push up. James is often seen using an exercise ball to balance his weight while performing this exercise. It adds a different element to this basic exercise. He keeps it short and sweet doing three sets of thirty. Not trying to break world records, but continue to stabilize and strengthen his chest and arms so he can take the punishment that is required when he drives down the lane.
Weights With An Exercise Ball
Using weights with an exercise ball isn't for everyone, but it can add a twist to your every day workout. It requires you to focus a little harder while keeping your balance. It also requires you to stick to correct posture when using weights. James focuses on his upper body with a series of lifts such as military press, dumbbell bench press, as well as lat pull-downs. Using an exercise ball with weights means you are using most of your body during each workout. These unique workouts are the reason you can’t stop staring at James. He has muscles in places we didn't know that we should have them!
The Lebron James Workout
The King’s workout plan blends cutting-edge training techniques with classic muscle-building exercises. Try this weekly workout From the Fitness Editors of Men's Health :
Do as many reps as you can.
Aim for 10 reps.
1) Dumbbell Snatch
Aim for 5 reps with each arm.
2) Single-Arm Cable Row
Do 10 reps with each arm.
1) Dumbbell Squat
Do eight to 12 reps.
2) Swiss-Ball Hip Raise and Leg Curl
Do 12 reps.
1) Dumbbell Stepup
Do 10 reps with each leg.
2) Single-Leg Standing Dumbbell Calf Raise
Do 12 reps with one leg before repeating with the other leg.
1) Dumbbell Incline-Bench Press
Do 10 reps.
2) Lat Pulldown
Do 10 reps.
1) Single-Arm Dumbbell Shoulder Press
Do six to eight before repeating with the other arm.
2) Single-Arm Neutral Grip Dumbbell Row and Rotation
Do 10 reps on each side.
1) Single-Leg Squat
Aim for five reps per leg.
2) Single-Leg Swiss-Ball Leg Curl
Aim for 10 reps with each leg.
1) Dumbbell Side Lunge
Do 10 reps in each direction.
2) Unstable Jump Rope
Skip rope for 45 seconds on a cushiony surface, such as a stretching mat. The instability will help strengthen your ankles.
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