With the offseason in full swing I thought it would be appropriate to share one of my favorite individual workouts, the Steve Nash 20 minute workout. I found the video of the Steve Nash 20 minute workout a few years ago and thought it was absolutely terrific. I sat down and put the workout on the computer so that I could share it with my players (download a copy at the end of today’s post). There are several things I really like about the Steve Nash 20 minute workout.
1) The quote at the beginning of the video by Steve Nash is great, “If every basketball player worked as hard as me, I would be out of a job.”
2) It’s 20 minutes – Kids can’t make excuses, who doesn’t have 20 minutes to work on their game.
3) It’s a non stop 20 minute workout, so even though it’s short you are constantly moving. I don’t have any way of knowing for sure but with 20 minutes of non stop movement you’re probably putting in a good couple miles of running even at a moderate pace. So along with working on basketball skills it’s a very good conditioning drill.
4) In 20 minutes Steve Nash works on an incredible range of moves and shots. Distances, angles, types of shots are all varied. Dribbling is incorporated as well into the shots to make them more game like.
5) It’s hard. Many kids won’t be able to complete it all the way through the first time or two without resting. As a result kids start to work on taking shots when they’re fatigued, a lot like the 4th quarter of games.
6) The 20 minute workout is game like. While there is great value in getting in lots of reps while shooting to build muscle memory, it’s likewise important to work on game like scenarios where your shot will come off the dribble, while on the move and from a variety of locations on the floor. This drill makes sure you’re working on all those game like shots. Throughout you’ll see the creativity in the drill is much like the creativity Steve Nash has demonstrated on the floor.
Seriously, there is so much to like about this drill. I’m sure as you watch it you’ll find even more things to like than what I have mentioned here. After watching the video click on the link here to download a copy of the workout in a PDF format so that your players can take it to the gym when they do the workout.
All credit goes to Steve Nash for the video and the workout. I’m simply providing access to the video and a copy of the workout that I made based off the video.