I agree, working out in a gym eliminates a lot of factors (wind, uneven courts, non-regulation dimensions), that would be my first option as well.
But there is something to say about being out in the driveway outside training once in a while...good luck!
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As for physical workouts the gym but for basketball its broken down like this
Indoor Court builds skill, Outdoor court builds toughness
yea you can gain 1 from the other(skill outdoor/toughness indoor) but its not the same.
Indoor courts attract competition and allow you to play despite the weather outside
Outdoor court require you to brave the elements,play tends to be more physical, and when you get knocked onto the unforgiving concrete, you gotta pick yourself up and get right back in it.
I used to play on mostly outdoor courts, until i got a gym membership, now i play outdoors every now and then, its good to do both.
id have to say the gym even though 95% of the time i play outside (mainly because i do not own a membership to the gym) but at a gym you can work on layups better and the lines will help you get that court feeling so your more familiar with it when you play in games if you play outside your whole offseason the gym is just gunna be a familiar face when the season starts back up when it should be like your best friend or the backside of your hand something along those lines. but id have to say the gym is a better place to play because the hoops usually hang from the ceiling so you can do layups and what not the lines are official and you dont have to ajust your shot depending on what the wind is doing, you also can play when its raining and cold and what not
I would use the gym. the gym has wieghts, and ussaly homes dont. There are some really good people at the gym to meet and play. You can work on skills at thegym and play pick up games. You can make some friends and learn what to work on.
I would use the gym.
I'd always prefer to use the gym, but, there are a lot of times that the gym is not available and the outside courts have the heavier competition. You do gain a little more toughness on the outside courts. You always worry that you might be risking injury, but, the same could happen in the gym. I will go where ever there is ball to be played.