Kobe Bryant is considered one of the greatest basketball players of this generation and possibly even top 5 of all time. He is the most clutch performer we have seen in the past decade and has 5 championships under his belt.
Kobe is clearly one of the hardest working in the game, despite his incredibly gifted talents and freakish athleticism. Kobe can put up a 1,000 shots a day in preparation for games. After he scored 55 points at Madison Square Garden, he was at the gym practicing at 8 AM while his teammates were sleeping.
He works out in the gym as hard as any basketball player. Any professional athlete knows that strength will help you improve in your sport tremendously and Kobe is no stranger to hard work, which in turn, helped him build up his musculature and frame to a respectable one from when he became a rookie.
It’s called the 6-6-6 workout, meaning that he works out 6 hours a day, 6 days a week for 6 months, taking some time off in between and going back at it again.
Kobe can do a variation of workouts using a pull-up bar. For example, he can do a hanging leg raise for abs or a pull-up for back, among various other workouts. Free body movements are a great way to build muscular endurance.
This program consists of: 2 hours of running, 2 hours of basketball, 1 hour of Cardio (jump rope, boxing, etc), and 1 hour of weights listed below:
Day 1 & Day 4 Bench press Lat pull-downs Incline press Military press Abdominal crunches
Day 2 & Day 5 Lateral dumbbell raises Bar dips Tricep press-downs Bicep curls Abdominal crunches
Day 3 & Day 6 Back squats/Front squats Leg curls Leg extensions Calf raises Abdominal crunchesAs you can see, Kobe does so much training in one day and only gives himself one day of rest a week. Six hours a day is super intense and most people would overtrain. However, Kobe is a professional athlete and knows his body inside and out. He has some of the best trainers working with him and he is able to constantly improve on his conditioning and physique.
There’s not many players his age that looks and plays the way he does and with good reason. Most athletes should train 1-2 hours a day for 4-5 days a week, especially when it comes to resistance training. Overtraining can really set you back.
He also does a solid combination of both compound and isolation workouts. Compound workouts build your body up by utilizating multiple muscle groups at once. Isolation workouts hit one muscle and targets a specific area which helps define a muscle. It’s important to do both sets of movements.
Also, Kobe focuses on training as an athlete, not as a bodybuilder. Therefore, he does all his workouts in terms of increasing his athletic ability and athleticism. He focused on workouts like plyometrics to improve his jumping ability and fast reps to increase his explosive power as well as his uncanny ability to make dynamic cuts.
Kobe’s athleticism is undeniable by nature but unstoppable by practice. Through his incredibly hard work, dedication, motivation, and commitment to his workouts and the game of basketball, Kobe has been able to become one of the greatest players of all time.