Jump Higher With the Original Strength Shoes
When you think of basketball training shoes, you probably think of something that looks like a high-top running shoe, right? They’re made to allow you to run, while supporting your ankles and cushioning your landing when you run and jump during a game. You might be surprised to find that a lot of basketball players wear some very different-looking shoes when they’re training.
Strength Shoes Basketball Training Shoes
To train for basketball, a lot of players wear Strength Shoes, which are designed specifically to engage and strengthen the calves. NBA players are generally really tall, and they may be natural athletes, but they weren’t born with the ability to jump the way they do. They have to train their bodies to work for them.
Young athletes can follow the same training regimen to get noticed by their AAU, high school and college coaches. Even a player who is only 5’6” or 5’7” can train and gain enough strength and agility to dunk a basketball. We know, because amateur athletes have been training with our shoes for more than 30 years.
A Different Kind of Basketball Training Shoe
How do basketball training shoes work to make this possible?
Well, first of all, they’re shaped totally differently than other types of workout shoes. They’re lightweight and supportive, and they put all of your weight on your toes and the balls of your feet, forcing your calves to engage and support you. Standing on your heels is never going help you gain strength in your calves.
In fact, when you stand normally, in flat shoes, you rest 70% of your body’s weight on your heels. That means that your calves are really only doing enough work to support 30% of your body. That’s why doing calf raises burns so much. Your calves really don’t do a lot of work when you’re standing and walking around.
To jump higher, though, you really need stronger calf muscles, as well as stronger quads. Squats strengthen your quads, your glutes, and your core. However, when you do a squat properly, your weight is all on your heels, which means that your calves don’t engage as much as they could. The same is true of any exercise in which you’re standing flat-footed, unless you’re wearing Strength Shoes.
How a Shoe Improves Your Jump and Makes You Faster
Strength Shoes have a broad front sole with a lot of shock absorption, but they don’t have any sole on the heel. The elevated front of the shoe keeps your heels off the ground, so that your calves support 100% of your weight whenever you’re wearing these shoes.
When you do plyometrics, like squats and lunges, while wearing Strength Shoes, you’re not just engaging your quads and glutes. You’re also engaging your calves for a more effective workout. These shoes have given thousands of basketball players a literal leg up on their competition. They can increase your vertical jump by 5-10 inches, and they’ve been known to shave 2/10ths of a second off of athletes’ 40-yard dashes.
Much like wearing a weighted vest or squatting with weights for resistance, these shoes make every movement in your workout a little bit more difficult. When you train in Strength Shoes, on game day, you’ll put your regular basketball shoes on, and you’ll feel like you’re flying down the court.
Basketball players use exercises like power skips and high-knee quicksteps all the time when they work on speed and agility. When you do these exercises in the right basketball training shoes, like Strength Shoes, you’ll feel a much larger impact on your muscles, which will translate into faster running times, higher jumps, and more points on the scoreboard.