When Basketball and CrossFit Come Together
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In Wyoming, Randall Homan opened up Chopper CrossFit to volleyball, football, swimming and cross country athletes from Worland High School for a three week Summer strength and conditioning camp. Nearly 20 football and volleyball players already worked out there regularly. Bow owners pay close attention, last week they wrapped up a three week camp to jump start basketball pre-season, focusing on “maximizing your vertical…reaction time and optimize coordination.”It’s not just a small-town thing either. In Texas, 28 volleyball players from Dallas County High School spent the summer training at Selma CrossFit for their upcoming season. Taylor Moore, a senior on the volleyball team shares, “We’re always ready after we do CrossFit because we feel like we’re close together as a team…we’re mentally ready, physically ready.”
SO DID IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
At the start of pre-season, the Mount Pleasant High School boys basketball team performed this baseline WOD — 500m row, 40 air squats, 30 sit-ups, 20 push-ups and 10 air squats for time. After six weeks of CrossFit and training, 8 out of the 9 athletes that retested improved by at least 7%, ranging to even 35%. “Applying constantly varied, functional movements at a high intensity, leads to dramatic gains in fitness,” explains Coach Joey Schism.