How to Get in Shape Like an NBA Star

The Lakers' strength coach runs through a workout tough enough to get you ready for the court.

It takes a certain kind of strength to barrel up and down a court, light on your feet and aggressive in your ball handling, for four quarters until the clock hits zero. To stay in explosive playing shape, NBA players focus on a head-to-toe fitness regimen—muscular strength, cardiovascular strength, and using a full range of motion—when they're training off the court, according to Gunnar Peterson, a professional trainer and strength coach for the L.A. Lakers. With that in mind, he walked us through a circuit like those he does with his clients that you can tackle at your own gym. You won't ever play like an NBA star, but you can at least work out like one.

See the video here.

The NBA Workout 

Split stance sprinters
8-10 reps; 2-3 sets 

Jump to pull-up 
6-8 reps; 2-3 sets 

Rotational club chops 
8-10 reps; 2-3 sets

Side step to pull-downs 
8-10 reps; 2-3 sets 

8-10 reps; 2-3 sets 

Cable resisted sprints 
8-10 reps of; 2-3 sets

Cable resisted squats 
8-10 reps; 2-3 sets 

Ball handle lunges 
8-10 reps; 2-3 sets

This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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