Chris Paul Workout
At only 6’0 tall and 175 lbs., Chris Paul isn’t your average NBA superstar. In fact, many people doubted his basketball potential because of his lack of size and strength coming out of college. He was highly respected in college, but received a lot of criticism from the media entering the NBA. However, Paul proved all the critics wrong by training with high intensity throughout the off-season to prepare himself to stand amongst the toughest and most competitive players in the league.
He played around 1,000 minutes in college; however, he had to train to adjust himself to 3,000+ minutes in the NBA as a point guard. The Hornets’ head strength and conditioning coach, Jack Manson, worked with Chris on his strength and conditioning.
According to an interview with STACK Magazine, the main goals of Paul’s daily training are injury prevention, recovery, flexibility, ankle strength and stability, and hip, core and glute strength.
Chris never lifted weights in high school because he thought it would mess up his shot. However, he realized that it helps him with the contact he faces on the basketball court. To Paul, it’s not about getting big and bulky but rather to prevent injuries and to maintain a strong core.
Here is Paul doing a single-leg bosu touch.
This works on his balance, strength, and stability.
Try what CP3 does here at your gym. You'll notice
how the stability ball increases activation of the muscle
in your legs as opposed to doing it without the increased
instability on the ball.
If you are an athlete and want to improve in your sport, you must follow a precise strength training, conditioning, and nutrition program. MP45 is a step-by-step athlete workout program that walks you through exactly what to do to excel as an athlete. This is the type of training and nutrition followed by many of the world's top professional athletes.
Paul details his training routine with Stack Magazine. Some of the workouts he prefers:
Foam Rolling to 1) reduce soreness and 2) increase flexibility and range of motion.
I am sure you see many people using foam rollers in the gym. You know...that foam cylinder that people roll on. Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release technique to inhibit overactive muscles. This form of stretching improves soft tissue extensibility, thus relaxing the muscle and allowing the activation of the antagonist muscle. It has great benefits and you should consider using them after each workout.
Bosu Circles for 1) balance, 2) hip, glute and core strength, and 3) hip and ankle stability
This is a great workout and helps prepare your core to move in all different directions. You see basketball players jumping and moving at all angles and this workout helps assist in this.
Single-Leg Bosu Touch for 1) balance, 2) hip, glute, ankle and core strength, and 3) hip and ankle stability
This is a great way to build strong ankles. Everytime you jump, you are risking damaging your ankles with impact. This helps keep them healthy and assists in further jumping power.
Chin-Ups for 1) upper-body strength and 2) ball security
Chin-ups are one of the best bodyweight exercises. They can be done anywhere as long as you have some sort of bar or an object that is sturdy enough to hold onto.
Alternating Dumbbell Incline for upper-body strength
This exercise really hits the chest and shoulders and makes your pushing movement stronger.
NOTE: This is only part of Chris Paul's workout routine, in which we offer some additional commentary to his regimen. To see the whole routine and to go more in-depth with athlete workouts, be sure to check out STACK Magazine
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