As a basketball player, how can I increase total body power?

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Power exercises are those exercises that can be performed at fast, explosive tempos usually with a relatively light load.  This allows you to be able to generate force quickly, which is ultimately the definition of power. An example of a good total body power exercise is an overhead medicine ball throw. To perform this exercise, stand in a good athletic position (ankles, knees, and hips slightly bent) holding a medicine ball. Then, with your stomach pulled in, squat down bringing the medicine ball between your knees and jump up as forcefully as you can. While you are jumping, throw the medicine overhead and behind you, keeping your arms straight as you throw the ball. Other total body power exercises include kettle bell drills, olympic lifts, sled pulls, and other medicine ball drills. When power training, perform 2 to 3 sets of 8 to 10 repetitions of each exercise twice a week. It will be important to note that before you perform total body power exercises, you'll want to develop good stability and strength throughout your body. Once this has been developed, then you'll be ready to perform power exercises.

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