Staying in shape in the offseason is SO important for any dedicated lacrosse player.
Having the drive and determination to stay in shape is one thing
Having the lacrosse training equipment is just as important.
Other than your lax stick of course, We’ve come up with some of the best tools on the market that can help you maintain your peak physique in order to dominate during the season.
The Top Lacrosse Training Equipment & Gear
The game of lacrosse combines sharp hand eye coordination with power, finesse, and speed. In order to achieve all of these things, you’ll have to focus on your training in the offseason and year-round.
Nutrition, fitness, and keeping track of all of the hard work you put in are important parts of developing your skill. Here are some of the best lacrosse training equipment that will help you do just that:
Lacrosse Rebounder Trainer
Our absolute favorite piece of lacrosse training gear has to be a rebounder. No questions asked. Why? Because practice makes perfect. And the best type of practicing you can do passing on your lax wall. It builds what's called muscle memory. If you do the same repetitive movement over and over again, you will train your muscles to do that movement on impulse. So if you practice passing on a lacrosse rebounder for an hour a day, over the course of a month your passes will be perfect, and you won't even think about how to pass on the field. It will just happen naturally.
Use this piece of equipment to practice your passing and catching while becoming more familiar with your stick. For optimal results, try to aim for the same target on every throw. This will help focus on specific moves while improving the accuracy of your throws. To make this task easier you can add in a rebounder cover that comes with clearly marked targets such as the STX Pass Master. Get busy with some serious target practice to develop your accuracy when shooting or passing.
A lot of rebounders are portable, and setup easily. The best ones also come with options to angle the rebounder and can accommodate other sports such as softball and basketball as well. We recommend the EZ Rebounder….a great piece of lacrosse training gear!
Cradle Baby for Passing & Catching
Okay so this little lacrosse training device is pretty darn cool. What you do is attach the strap to your lacrosse head. The strap is then attached to a lacrosse ball. Now, you can cradle, pass, dodge and more (indoor or outdoors) without the lacrosse ball flying all over the place and breaking anything. This is perfect for younger players who are developing their cradling skills. It will let you walk around the house, practicing your cradles and dodges and perfecting them. Remember how we mentioned “muscle memory” above? Well that's exactly what the Cradle Baby is used for!
This piece comes with a universal fit for both men and women to work on any shaft/stick/head and makes for a super easy way to get more repetitions. And when you practice indoors, there’s no danger of the lacrosse ball flying through the air and hitting stuff.
Resistance Band Set
Black Mountain has come up with the ultimate all-purpose resistance lacrosse training equipment– complete with bands, straps, and a case to put it all in. Since not everyone has access to a gym or fitness center, this Black Mountain resistance band set allows you to use your surroundings to your advantage throughout a lacrosse workout. You can work multiple large muscle groups with the bands, and even fine tune the smaller muscles as well. The exercise choices are endless, and you can work with a single band, allowing minimal resistance, and with multiple bands stacked you can add more resistance. You can even anchor the straps to a lacrosse stick to work on stick handling and shooting as well. While it’s one of the more multipurpose tools we’ve listed, it won’t cost you over $40 and there’s a lifetime guarantee on this lacrosse training gear.
Made of superior quality synthetic rubber, the bands measure approximately 48 inches each, making them suitable for players who are tall, short and in between. You can vary the weights you want to work with and to make things just a tad easier, the weights are color coded.
The set also comes with a door hanger letting you increase your exercise options, an ankle strap, an exercise chart and a case to carry and transport your bands.
Iron Gym Pull Up Bar
The Iron Gym is a tried and true tested piece of equipment, especially for lacrosse training gear. No actual gym necessary, the Iron Gym attaches to any door frame in your house and allows you to perform a variety of upper body and core workouts. The Iron Gym is a staple in the routine of many different fitness professionals due to its versatility in training and its ease in use for chin-ups, sit-ups, crunches, dips, and pushups. You can target large muscle groups essential to the game of lacrosse by training with the Iron Gym. Pushing and pulling are essential motions in lacrosse, with shooting, taking faceoffs, and holding your own against an opponent requiring your entire body to adapt. The Iron Gym can help you conquer these key exercises.
This multi functioning strength training device can become your ultimate trainer in sculpting all muscle groups. Designed to work on all types of body weight exercise the Iron Gym is portable without the need for permanent fastening. Move it around from the top of your doorframe to put it on the floor and get the best of your workout.
Post Workout Blender Bottle
What better way to finish a workout than a health protein shake packed with vitamins, nutrients, and minerals to help you recover and build muscle? The Blender Bottle is one of the best lacrosse training equipment out there for protein shakes on the go. The Blender Bottle itself comes with measurement lines up to 20oz, with 28oz of room for shaking. The Blender Bottle also comes with a surgical steel grade whisk ball that pulverizes your protein powder and mixes your drink quickly and effectively. The flip cap and large mouth opening are easy to clean and pop into the dishwasher. The flip cap and large mouth opening are easy to clean and pop into the dishwasher. The adjustable loop allows you to hold more when your hands are full while the screw on lid prevents any threat of spills or leaks. Definitely a must for those fitness fanatics and lacrosse players on the go.
Say bye-bye to lumpy protein shakes and usher in great tasting smooth drinks instead.
Foam Roller for Stretching
Foam rollers are becoming more and more popular in the lacrosse fitness scene, and for a good reason. Using your body weight, you can use the foam roller to apply pressure throughout different body parts in order to stretch, lengthen, and massage muscles. Foam rollers come in a variety of sizes, so you can store a 12 inch in your bag, while you can stock a 36 inch at home. Foam rolling helps alleviate tight muscles by doing just that; rolling your arms, back, legs, sides, and torso over the roller. Made of high-density foam, the roller elongates muscles and allows blood flow to help you cool down after a workout and stretch while your muscles are still warm. Foam rolling is key after a workout, conditioning session, and even a shooting practice, as it prevents injuries and keeps you loose far longer than just static stretching. A must have for your lacrosse training equipment!
Warm up for or cool down after a hectic lacrosse practice session with myofascial release, a type of massage best suited to foam roller exercise. Improve your flexibility, joint range of motion, and circulation, while lowering exercise related soreness and preventing injury
Fitbit Charge Training Watch
While the Fitbit might cost you a little more than you’re looking to spend, you won’t regret this purchase. The Fitbit Charge comes with heart rate measuring technology, so you can constantly check on and track your heart rate to figure out which energy system in your body that you’re training. You can track your heart rate, workouts, steps walked, distance, calories burned, and even sleep patterns. The Fitbit Charge is for the serious lacrosse player who wants to track and see progress daily. While it’s more expensive than the other lacrosse training gear counterparts we’ve listed, the Fitbit Charge is useful for when you’re not training too. You can identify patterns in your lax training to boost efficiency and maximize your progress. So while you might have a workout and practice in the afternoon, the Fitbit Charge will keep track of the calories you’ve spent all day so you can be sure to refuel with the energy your body needs. An awesome piece of lax training gear!
Fitness and Balance Disc
The last but not least piece of lacrosse training equipment you may need. This balancing disc allows you to perform both 1 and 2 legged exercises on the grippy, unstable surface in order to strengthen your proprioception and stability as an athlete. The disc, when inflated correctly, allows your foot or feet to sink in and keeps your body working on the ever-changing balance while you perform your exercises. You can use it for single or double leg balancing, lunges, bodyweight squats, deadlifts and Romanian deadlifts, and much more. While performing your lacrosse exercises on the balance disc, your body has to constantly adapt to the changing body position in order to make you more stable. This directly correlates to the game of lacrosse since while running, your position is changing while you shoot, check, pass, and catch.
Get to love you balance disc to strengthen your core, reduce physical instability, decrease back pain, improve posture and target your cardiovascular system. And if things get too much you can also use it to manage the element of stress.
While all of these tools are incredibly useful for the lacrosse player the key concept is to adapt what you have access to in order to use it to your advantage. All of these tools listed above give you the coverage if the most critical foundations of any sport; strength, power, nutrition, and overall health.
Training Cones & Discs
Training cones are a must for any coach out there who wants to setup some great lacrosse drills. You can use them to setup an “on-the-fly” lacrosse field, give your players some shooting spots, or to setup offensive and defensive drills. With lacrosse players on their feet throughout the game, speed and agility drills can do wonders to work leg and core muscles. Plus, training at a level equal to the game intensity will help increase performance and reduce the risk of injury. You want your training cones to be able to stack on top of each other for easy storage. You most importantly want them to be durable for indoor or outdoor use.
STX Pass Master Review
The STX Bounce Back Pass Master Cover is a great way to begin to fine tune your lacrosse training –accuracy on passing or shooting. Clearly marked with orange targets, the cover slips over your existing rebounder and now gives you the ability to shoot or pass to clearly marked targets.
Working on accuracy while on the run and thinking about rebounds is clearly the goal of the cover. The cover is secured by a bungee that loops around the back of the rebounder and universally fits most rebounders with the same 4’ by 3’ mat and frame. Only $$ on Amazon, the cover gets 4 stars and can help turn an average lacrosse player into a star in no time.
Champion Lacrosse Goal Target Buddy
So we did some research and tried out a few of the best lacrosse goal targets in the market. After this research, we recommend the Predator lacrosse goal corner target stopper.
This delivers everything a lax goal target should by allowing you to produce more accurate shots and hitting the zones where goalies just won’t be. Using this as a practice tool, you get to focus on specific zones ideally corner and bounce shots and perfect accuracy.
We are just very impressed with every piece of lacrosse gear guards and stoppers they have developed. The reviews on the predator lacrosse goal blocker and defender are awesome, and even better than the Champion lacrosse goal targets out there.