Force Of Nature: The NBA’s Blake Griffin’s Workout

At 6’10” and 250 pounds, Blake Griffin is destroying the competition. With high-flying acrobatics and a steady stream of poster-esque dunks, Griffin has made a name for himself in the NBA. In the 2009 NBA Draft, Griffin was selected first overall by the Los Angeles Clippers. Unfortunately, in his last preseason game, he suffered a non-displaced stress fracture of his left patella that resulted in him being sidelined for the entire season.

After successful surgery and a long year of rehab, Blake Griffin is back on the court flying over the competition.

Work Ethic
“I think the thing that’s going to result in him being a factor right away next year is his attitude, his work ethic, his willingness and desire to be perfect. He wants to be the best. He thinks by making the sacrifices and working ahead of time and being in as good as shape as he can be will help him reach his goals.”

This statement, made by Coach Bob Hill, shows Griffin’s desire to be the best.

Blake starts his workouts by doing a warm-up that was designed by Rich Williams, his Strength and Conditioning Coach. To prepare Griffin’s body for basketball, they do a lot of static and dynamic stretching. Hill also has Blake do a lot of ball handling drills such as 2-ball stationary dribbling and 2 ball dribbling through cones to improve his hand speed and hand-eye coordination.

Blake Griffin also works with San Francisco-based trainer Frank Matrisciano. Frank is all about extreme workouts – he puts Griffin through some tough workouts as part of his survival-of-the-fittest training.

The Workout
Matrisciano’s style of training is very different from the norm. It’s common to see his athletes do a lot of weighted rope climbing and sand-hill runs. For instance, on specific days Frank has Griffin running ankle-deep in sand while dragging weighted harnesses – how’s that for unique? But this is exactly what Griffin needs – and wants. He takes his workouts very seriously.

The workouts “let you know what kind of shape you’re not in,” Matrisciano said.

Blake is known to put in 8 hour days. To understand how difficult Matrisciano’s workouts are, for every 10 players who give his seven-week program a try, only 3 complete it. Blake Griffin happens to be one of those three. There’s no doubt that Griffin has bought into Frank’s training methods. He even mixed up his diet – he no longer eats red meat. His primary focus is on power foods.

Griffin’s trainers say that he’s a true professional and a fierce competitor. He wants to be the best and he’ll push himself past the limit to get there.

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