From the desk of Coach Eason

“Partner Workouts”

One the best ways to workout is with a partner.  Partner workouts allow players to avoid being alone, while keeping a small number of involved players, so they can maximize their time on the court.  Let’s look at a couple keys to partner workouts.

1. Find a partner that is your equal….
Make sure the person you workout with is not only a person that plays your position and has a similar skill set, but make sure they also share your ambition.  You need a partner that is going to be there and work as hard as you on their game.

2. Be accessible to each other…
Having a great partner, that you can’t frequently get to is not going to be productive.  When thinking about number 1, finding your equal; sometimes access is a hard thing to come by.  In this case, you may need to create a schedule with your equal, to insure you get as much time together as possible.  Also, try not to schedule things during the times you are supposed to workout.

3. Drill with a 1:1 ratio…
One of you should be working while the other rests; then switch after a your turn.  For example, if your working on the shooting, one person shoots, while the other rebounds.  After a certain amount of time, shots or makes, you switch roles.  Be sure not to take long turns, because you will tire; which will create a poor workout. If your drilling for time, keep the reps at 30-60 seconds.

4. Vary your drills…
Your drills should be a mix of all the different skills you need fundamentally and at your position.  Cover basic skills like passing, shooting, rebounding, footwork, etc.; both at a fundamental level and on a system positional level.  You may need to talk to your coach about the skills you need for your position.

5. Plan your workout…
You and your partner need to have a plan for your workout.  The work out should be 60-90 minutes, and no time should be wasted.  Start with a warm up (ball handling, passing, or lay ups). Then, move to some repetition work.  In this segment, your working on getting a ton of reps of a skill; working toward master.  Next, complete peer pressure drills.  These are drills that challenge you and your partner to complete a goal together. For instance, make 10 jump shots before missing 10.  Lastly, do some competitive drills.  These should be a mix of skill drills (ie; first one to make a certain amount of shots in 1 minute) and 1 on 1 (using the skills for that day’s workout).  You will develop your competitiveness and IQ, because you’ll working on those practiced skills, in a competitive environment.  Make sure to emphasize the workout skills during game play.

Partner shooting can be a great way to elevate your game.