Kings of the Weight Room
Posted Jan 3 2002 5:05PM
Gonna Make You Sweat: NBA Health & Conditioning
The Kings are so deep that they have FOUR quality point guards. Of course, there aren't enough minutes to go around, so two invariably wind up sitting on the bench through most of the contests. But anything can happen, so Mateen Cleaves and Brent Price have to be ready to go in and play for an extended duration at any time, in case there's an injury or ejection or other situation. Cleaves knows how to compete -- he led his Michigan State squad to the 2000 NCAA national championship and is eager to contribute to the Kings in his second NBA season.
"When I was in high school I was a pretty good football player, so I think it started in high school," Cleaves says. "Then when I went to Michigan State, we had a tough weight program there with our strength and conditioning guy – Mike Vorkapich, we called him Vork and Coach Mannie (Ken Mannie), the football weight lifting guy. It got crazy in that weight room."
"Just to maintain his conditioning and reduce his strength loss during the season," Biancani says. "We do extra conditioning to help maintain his condition so that if somehow he has to go in and play a lot of minutes, he's ready to go."
Cleaves lifts three times a week with an all-around regimen that includes exercises for both the upper and lower body. The following is Cleaves' workout.
NOTE: This workout is designed for a professional basketball player. Please consult your physician before embarking upon any fitness regimen.
Special thanks to Al Biancani and Devin Blankenship for flexing their muscles to help provide this workout.