The professional basketball regular season is 82 games long, spread out over six months and as all players know, that’s a marathon, not a sprint. Considering that some of the league’s best players compete for up to 38 minutes and run as much as 2.72 miles over the course of one game, staying in shape isn’t just encouraged, it’s required.
Maintaining elite conditioning and a healthy lifestyle is a tough task even for professional athletes, who have help from some of the world’s best athletic trainers. For the average person, getting in shape is one thing, but sustaining that level of fitness can be hard, especially over the course of many weeks, months, and eventually years.
Since nobody knows how to keep athletes motivated, disciplined, and healthy over the long haul more than their athletic trainers, we turned to some of the league’s top fitness experts, the training staffs for the Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks. While each trainer we spoke to has a different philosophy, they all had insider tips on how to maintain mid-season form into the stretch run of the season and beyond.