Improve Your Handle with Drills from Adrianna Hahn

Improve Your Handle with Drills from Adrianna Hahn

Adrianna Hahn is a former college basketball star who played at Villanova for four seasons. Following her graduation, she has become an advocate for women’s basketball as well as a trainer for young boys and girls. Adrianna shared several great workouts that you can do at home this summer to really develop your handle. Check it out below.

Drill #1 

What You Need: Two Basketballs

Start by doing two pound dribbles with a ball for each hand then perform a crossover.

Switch to one pound dribble and then hit the crossover.

Finish with continuous crossovers.

Change to two pound dribbles with a ball for each hand and then go behind your back.

Switch to one pound dribble and then go behind your back.

End with continuous behind-the-back dribbles.

*Video includes other variations for this drill*

Drill #2

What You Need: A Basketball and a Tennis Ball

Start by dribbling the basketball with one hand while tossing the tennis ball up and catching it with the

other hand.

Switch to two pound dribbles and then perform a crossover all while continually tossing and catching the tennis ball.

Change to one pound dribble then hitting a crossover while tossing and catching the tennis ball.

Finish with continuous crossovers while tossing the tennis ball back and forth between your hands.

Switch to two pound dribbles and then go between your legs. You should still be tossing the tennis ball up.

Shift to one pound dribble and then go between your legs.

End with continuous between-the-legs dribbles.

*Video includes other variations for this drill*

What You Need: A Basketball and a Cone

Place the cone a couple feet in front of you.

Start with the ball in your left hand. Perform a crossover then step forward with your left foot and go between your legs with the ball.

Switch to starting with the ball in your right hand and perform the same sequence.

The next round requires you to bend your legs and stay low. Perform two pound dribbles and then a crossover. As soon as you perform the crossover, touch the cone with the hand that was just dribbling.

Finish your workout with some core exercises.

Get in pushup position and begin dribbling the ball with one hand while maintaining position.

Change to practicing two pound dribbles before crossing the ball over to your other hand while staying in pushup position.

The last exercise is a version of Russian twists. Sit on the ground and lean back a bit while lifting your legs up a little. You’re going to pass the ball between your legs while focusing on keeping your core tight.

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Tone Your Back with 3 Workouts from Ashley Gurrasi

Tone Your Back with 3 Workouts from Ashley Gurrasi

Having a toned back is crucial for maintaining balance, strong posture, and performing your best on the field or court. There are a ton of exercises you can do to tone your back, but personal trainer Ashley Guarassi has sent us some of her favorites that are perfect to add into your workout. Check them out below.

Varied Pushups

Alternate between sets of push-ups with wide hand placement and narrow hand placement.

Resistance Work

Grab a resistance band and start doing some fly workouts. These will help work on your delts, traps, and other back muscles.

Bent Over Rows

Take a dumbbell in each hand, slightly bend your knees, and lean your chest forward. Lift the dumbbell so that your elbow rises above your back.

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Trevor Baptiste and Brendan Gleason Share Their Favorite Drills to Improve Your Game

Trevor Baptiste and Brendan Gleason Share Their Favorite Drills to Improve Your Game

Trevor Baptiste and Brendan Gleason are two of the top professional lacrosse players in the world today. Trevor hails from Newark, New Jersey and after an illustrious career at the University of Denver where he was a 4x First Team All-American and National Champion he joined Atlas of the Premier Lacrosse League where he has become world renowned for his faceoff skills.

Brendan grew up in Essex, Vermont before signing with Notre Dame where he would go on to make the 2017 ACC All-Tournament Team and the 2019 All-ACC Team. He was drafted 17th overall in the 2019 PLL Entry Draft and now currently plays for Redwoods as an Attacker.

Below you can find several drills that Brendan and Trevor use to enhance their attacking and handling skills.

Video 1: GB Wall Ball.

Q: Why did you choose this drill?

A: I chose this drill because it incorporates ground balls, catching, throwing, and a little bit of ball handling all in one.

Q: How does this drill improve your game?

A: This drill improves your game because not only does it help improve your ground ball play and stick handling, but it also flows them together. So it helps players work on all of these skills in a lacrosse motion rather than just individually.

Q: Why is this drill essential to every lacrosse player?

A: This drill is essential to every lax player because picking up ground balls is crucial to all positions and the success of the team. It’s also important that you can handle the ball and move it fast after you pick it up to open up scoring opportunities and get out of pressure.



Video 2: Dodging and Shooting

Q: Why did you choose that drill?

A: For offensive players (like myself), it’s important to practice what you’re doing in games.  This drill is great because it’s an easy way to simulate situations that you will find yourself in during the course of a game and can be adjusted depending on your position (middie vs. attack) and your style of play.

Q: How does this drill improve your game?
A: It allows you to practice dodging at full speed and finishing with a shot, just as you would in a game situation.  You can do all types of variations of this drill (different parts of the field, different types of shots, left-handed, right-handed, etc.)

Q: Why is this drill essential to every lacrosse player?

A: Pretty much every offensive player is going to be asked to dodge during the course of a game.  Being able to effectively break down your defenseman, dodge to the goal, and finish on the run at full speed will not only help in creating scoring opportunities for yourself, but will also open up other options for you as a passer and allow your teammates to play off of you and put themselves in good positions to score.



Put In Work: Elite Football Training

Put In Work: Elite Football Training

To be the best football player on the field, you must train like one. We collaborated with some of the top football trainers in the game to get their workout programs that will take your skills to the next level. Below are a few simple drills that you can do on the field or add to your at-home workout routine.

Fast Feet Drill from @receiverfactory

Football isn’t always about straight-line speed. Keep your quick-twitch muscles firing with this fast feet drill.

 

Warm Up Jab Drill from @receiverfactory

A successful juke can go a long way when faking out a defensive back. Make sure your jab foot stays strong with this warmup drill.

 

Warm Up Hips and Feet Drill from @receiverfactory

Fluid hips can be a wideout’s biggest asset when working to get open. Take a look at this warmup drill to keep your hips and feet mobile.

 

Jump Ball Drills from @receiverfactory

Every wide receiver’s dream is to make that game-winning, jump ball play. Up your chances at success with this simple drills.

 

Release vs. Press Coverage from @stephen_garcia5

Watch this simple technique that creates great separation from defensive backs in press coverage.

 

While you’re here, make sure to grab the football gear you need to elevate your game.

Finish Your Run Right with Cool Down Workouts from HOKA Runner Jared Hazen

Finish Your Run Right with Cool Down Workouts from HOKA Runner Jared Hazen

Jared Hazen is not your typical runner. Born and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania, he ran track and cross-country in high school specializing in the 3200m. Following his graduation Jared decided to forego college and instead moved to Teton National Park to begin training. Rather than competing in 5k, 10k, or even marathons, Jared runs in ultrarunning competitions regularly going 50+ miles in events.

Now partnered with HOKA, Jared trains every day in the mountains and is looking to become one of the top runners in the world. His training regimen is intense, and after each session Jared does several cool down exercises to ease his body back to reality and help recover before his next workout. You can check out his favorites below and make sure to add them to your training.

Cooldown 1:

  • Find a step. Stand on one leg on that step with your knee slightly bent.
  • Slowly lower your other leg until your toes hit the ground.
  • Should take about 10 seconds.
  • Switch legs.

Cooldown 2:

  • Stand next to a wall with your hip almost touching.
  • Raise your inside leg in a running-type motion. Place a towel between your leg and the wall.
  • Swing your leg back and forth in a running motion keeping the towel in place.
  • Turn around and do the same thing for the other leg.

Cooldown 3:

  • Lay on your back.
  • Bring your knee to your chest.
  • Grab the back of your thigh and continue to bring it closer to your chest.
  • Do the same thing for the other leg.

You can follow Jared’s journey by checking out his Instagram @jared_hazen. If you’re looking for some high-performance running gear be sure to head to Eastbay and shop all the best HOKA gear.

Softball Hand-Eye Coordination Drills with A.J. Andrews

Softball Hand-Eye Coordination Drills with A.J. Andrews

A.J. Andrews is known for her dynamic flair on the field, and eye-catching fashion off of it. She is recognized as one of the most exciting softball players in the world and is the first woman to ever win a Rawlings Gold Glove award. Off the field, A.J. is a motivational speaker who promotes women and girls’ empowerment and works as a special guest at softball clinics around the nation.

A.J. also preaches that one of the most important skills to work on in softball is hand-eye coordination. And we got an inside look into one of her favorite drills that focuses on exactly that. Watch the video and follow the steps below to improve your hand-eye coordination and elevate your game.

Step-by-step Drill Instructions

  1. Grab some tennis balls or softballs.
  2. Get a friend, teammate, or parent to toss you the balls.
  3. Start the drill in position like you would in the field of play.
  4. Have the individual tossing the balls stand 5-10 yards away facing you.
  5. To start the drill, have the individual toss one ball at a time in the air in different directions. For example: As soon as you catch one ball to your right, have the person throw another ball to your left.
  6. Repeat the process back and forth from right to left.
  7. Mix it up by having the individual throw the balls from front to back as well as side to side.

 

A.J.’s specialty is making spectacular plays on the field with ease. Check out the full list of products she uses to stay at the top of her game by clicking here or going to eastbay.com.