Over the summer I am training for basketball. I am looking to get bigger, stronger, and faster. I already have a 3-day fullbody lifting program. I now need a speed(running) program to do on my non-lifting days.
My running program is work in progress right now. This is what i basically have.
I read somewhere that running for long amounts of times makes you slower.
Will my cardio/endurance affect my sprint times?
I was planning on doing heavy cardio(1 mile, rest, 1 mile, rest, 30 minutes running) on tuesday. Light/moderate( 30 minutes running) on monday and friday.
Will doing so screw up my speed?
If someone would like to give me a sample basketball conditioning workout, I would really appreciate it.
Please help me out. Thanks.[/quote]
how is your conditioning right now? can you play a whole game of basketball, full court, and not be dead tiered at the end? are you gasping for air/ heavily fatigued if you play a long time?
If so, then longer distances might not be too bad. they will improve endurance, and let you keep moving and pressuring your opponents.
HOWEVER, thew will hurt your quickness if you are already lean and somewhat quick. on the other hand, if you need to lose some substantial body fat, then the drop in weight from distance running will help make you faster. also, untrained individuals will probably see benefits in speed from just about anything. Im assuming you are not untrained. If you are Very quick, but dont have any staying power, then distance running might be helpful for that as well.
this topic is just too broad to give an answer like “cardio will make you slow”
Basketball requires a lot of physical qualities. endurance is one, explosive power is another. Make sure your program balances all the aspects of the game and put more emphasis on the weaker points.
best of luck.