Weight Training and Lower Back Exercises
Crash the Boards Like Dwight Howard
Hops for Hoops
Battling for rebounds takes more than great ups. "Strong lower-back muscles help you explode to the ball,” says Joe Rogowski, C.S.C.S., strength and conditioning coach for the Orlando Magic. "So they're central to every facet of your game." That's why Dwight Howard, who averages double-digit boards, includes back extensions or single-leg deadlifts in every workout. Do three sets of 15 reps of either move two or three times a week.