Thursday, 23 May 2024

Knocking off rust — The Basketball Movement

With basketball activities slowly but surely ramping up, how are you planning on knocking off rust?

There is no denying that we are in strange times. Closures of gyms, shutdowns of school ball, summer leagues on hiatus… it has been difficult to work on your craft; at least in the ways that players are accustomed to.

At The Basketball Movement, we are continuing to follow the government guidelines and are only doing individual or small-group workouts while monitoring the number of individuals in our facility. If anyone is displaying symptoms, we are asking that they stay home, as the health and safety of our staff and players is paramount.

We have already had many players reach out to us wanting to begin the process of knocking off rust. Getting into deal basketball shape is a difficult task, even for players that have been taking good care of themselves.

The Importance of Conditioning

Conditioning is normally the most important part of knocking off the rust. To get the most out of workouts, players need to have enough energy in the tank to get through all training aspects. Basketball is unique in that it has dozens of quick, full-speed moments mixed into a continuous up-and-down flow. Players need to remain primed for explosion at any moment.

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Starting slow is alright when getting back into shape – you must walk before you can run. Doing too much too fast can lead to injuries that make your comeback even more difficult. Test your limits, but listen to your body before going overboard. Patience is an important piece of this.

Rebuilding Fine Skills

As for the finer skills, many of those have not left you, but may be lying dormant. The best way to wake them up is to get a good sweat going, rekindle some muscle memory, and fall back into what you know. That said, it is still best to sharpen all skills as often as possible. Even the basics of the sport need year-round attention if you want to be the best player you can be.

Having a trainer or coach with you during the process of knocking rust off is important as well. A trainer can help you monitor progress and workload while making sure you are doing things the right way.

If you are looking to get into the gym and get started, reach out at [email protected]

No one can argue that these have been difficult times, but as basketball makes its return, it is now also a time for excitement. We hope to see you at the gym soon!


Q: How can I effectively knock off rust and get back into shape for basketball?
A: The most important aspect is conditioning. Start slow, gradually increase intensity, and listen to your body to avoid injuries. Additionally, work on sharpening your skills and have a trainer or coach to guide and monitor your progress.

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Q: What should I do if I don’t have access to a gym or basketball court to practice?
A: You can still work on your conditioning by doing cardio exercises like running or cycling. For skills practice, you can work on dribbling and shooting drills at home or in an open space.

Q: How often should I practice to knock off rust and improve my basketball skills?
A: Consistency is key. Aim to practice at least a few times a week to maintain and improve your skills. Even dedicating a short amount of time each day can make a difference in the long run.


As basketball activities begin to resume, it’s important to address the rust that may have accumulated during the break. The Basketball Movement emphasizes the significance of conditioning to maximize workouts and maintain peak performance. Starting slow and gradually increasing intensity is crucial to avoid injuries. Rebuilding fine skills involves rekindling muscle memory and sharpening all aspects of the game. Having a trainer or coach is beneficial in monitoring progress and ensuring proper technique. Despite the challenges faced, the return of basketball brings a sense of excitement. So, get back on the court and knock off that rust! For more information, visit

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