Shannon Brown’s dunks are as impressive as her vertical. The 24-year-old Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard has one of the tallest verticals in the NBA (44.5 inches)! And he’s only 6 feet 2 inches tall (not 6’4 ”).
Of course, Brown was disappointing at this year’s NBA Slam Dunk Contest (February 2010). He didn’t even advance beyond the first round. But most experts agree that it was not his last appearance in this contest. In fact, Brown has been diving for a long time:
“I was going into my freshman year at Tim Hardaway’s basketball camp. I actually got a steal, I was just at halftime and went up and nailed it. It wasn’t a clean shot, but it was good enough for where I knew I could. I had tried it in gym class in my eighth grade before that summer camp, and it wasn’t working for me. So I finally got my chance “(Shannon Brown).
Although Brown did some weightlifting in high school and college, he basically eliminated weight training from his exercise routine since entering the NBA. In fact, Brown sticks mostly to push-ups and hardly trains his legs. So in some places it must be in your genes – the fast twitch fibers are working their best. But of course, it is only one side of the coin. The other side is the practice that begins as a child. However, there is one thing that Brown has been constantly working on and still is: core strength. It’s her little secret …
When it comes to jumping, core strength is extremely important. Without core strength you cannot create the body tension that is essential in the jumping process. The core muscles allow the transfer of powerful arm and leg movements. Exercises that improve core strength are:
– Abdominal reinforcement
– Rear bridges
– Oblique twists
– Superman exercises
But since you’re probably not as athletically gifted as Shannon Brown, you should also work on your calf, hamstring, quadriceps, and gluteal muscles.