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Jump shooting is a skill and an art.
In basketball shooting jump shots is a skill that takes time to master. A jump shot is the combination of strength, power, coordination and balance. The best jump shooters can dribble, sprint, jump and position their upper body to shoot a shot with a high level of accuracy. This is no easy move. Wearing a weight vest can improve the execution of shooting a jump shot by providing a few different training applications that aren't as easily replicated with free weights or other types of resistance equipment.
Native to the Move
The biggest benefit a weight vest provides is that it allows you to train with resistance without interfering with the practice of the move. For example, if you wanted to get stronger and use resistance training to improve your jump shot you would need to hold dumbbells, barbells or some other implement. A weight vest is traditionally strapped to your body so your hands are free. This allows you to be free to practice a jump shot and still benefit from the resistance of the vest. This dynamic provides a great application that is native to the jump shot without interruption from using other types of equipment in training.
Strength and Power
Strength and power are the main conditioning factors that a player should have to be an effective jump shooter. Shooting from mid- to long-range distances requires you to have enough upper body strength to shoot while in the air. Power is also needed to be able to stop quickly, jump quickly and position for quick release. Resistance training is a great way to improve strength and power and wearing a weight vest allows you to train in an actual game play format. Weight vests vary in loads from 10 to 40 lbs. and many are designed so that you can adjust the amount of load you carry which provides more options and can enhance training.
Game Play Simulation
Not only does wearing a weight vest allow you to practice as you would during a game with resistance, but it also adds to other factors such as the strength to free yourself from a defender. When players shoot jump shots they're often battling for position or to free themselves to get in position from a defender. This can be a workout in and of itself. A weight vest creates load on your body and drag and as a training application it's great for improving strength but also strength endurance which tends to be more significant when a defender is on you constantly and you then have to find the energy to shoot the ball.
Weight Vests and Fine Tuning
As mentioned, shooting jump shots is the orchestration of several movements. You need enough precision to shoot with accuracy but enough strength and power to run, stop and jump, too. Wearing weight vests can help you to accomplish both. Traditionally, when athletes train for basketball, resistance training and sports skill training are done separately. You train in the gym and practice on the court. Weight vests allow you to do both at the same time by providing the resistance needed to get strong and develop power without having to be in the gym. This gives you a chance to be on the court to practice the fine motor skills needed to score jump shots.