Training Tips: When It’s Tough I Keep Dunking

By | June 13, 2010

Training to improve your dunk can be pretty demanding, and there’s no such thing as an instant result. So, how do you keep yourself pushing forward, to make sure you get the hot dunk performance you deserve?

Keep Trying

Michael Jordan once said “I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying”. Of the many Jordan quotes out there, this is one of my favorites, and one I like to keep in mind when things aren’t going so well, in any kind of training.

I’m not a professional athlete, so I have to dig deep within myself to keep training, if I want to be the best player I can be. There’s no money motivating my game, just passion and pride, so, I have to keep trying. Letting your pride down feels worse than letting a team down too, which makes it easier to keep going.

Visualize Success And Get It

Visualizing can be very important in helping you to reach your athletic goals, Visualize yourself jumping, with perfect form and height and it will give you that extra push to succeed. It can be used to improve all kinds of aspects to your game.

In tests involving free throws, athletes who could visualize succeeding, had a higher scoring percentage. When you can grasp visualization, you can add extra elements into the mix, like smells and sounds, to get your maximum performance.

Think Of the Other Performance Benefits

When you are training to dunk, you’re not just improving the vertical height of your jump. Everything about your game will improve, as your vertical jump improves.

Your confidence will improve, as you know you’re getting better, but that’s not all. Improving the performance of your leg muscles, though dunking and jump training, will improve your speed, agility and ability to change direction. So, you’re looking at changing all the fundamental aspects of the game. Keeping this in mind will help massively.

Imagine Owning the Game and Beating Your Opponents

When I had to work hard to add the extra jump height to dunk, it was the thought of beating my co-workers that got me through the training. If you can think of the satisfaction of dropping a massive dunk and silencing the trash talk, then that should get you though a tough day’s training.

And when it all pays off, and you’re actually completing that goal, it’s all the more satisfying. And it continues to satisfy, each and every time I do it. And remember, it’s easier to maintain a high grade dunk, than it is to get there. So, dunk training is the gift that keeps giving, if you think about it.


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