The New Super Mario

Mario Chalmers

On July 15, 2013, almost a month after winning his second NBA Championship, HEAT Guard Mario Chalmers decided a change was in order. What was good enough in the past wasn’t going to be good enough in the future. He needed to improve.

So Chalmers dropped 10 pounds in the off-season by cutting out sugary drinks and fried foods from his diet. The results have him feeling like a video game version of himself. “I feel a lot faster,” said Chalmers. “It helps me get to different spaces on the court and small places easier.”

Modifying his diet was not an easy transition at first. “It was hard to get used to it at first. It was tough going into restaurants and not getting more refills of sugary drinks,” said the Alaska native. “But now I have mostly water and when my meal arrives, I’ll have only one glass of lemonade. That was tough to do at first, but it’s something I felt I had to do.”

To complement his nutritional change, the 6’2” guard added pushups and situps every night to his routine. He also increased his cardio by including riding a bicycle at least twice a week, in addition
to his normal basketball workouts.

“I always try to better myself as a player,” said Chalmers. “It’s gonna take a lot to try and win another championship, so I’m just trying to make sure I’m ready. I’m just trying to be quicker on the court. I want to handle quicker guards and be quicker myself. Be more of a threat on the offensive end.”

Chalmers hopes his physical transformation off the court translates to success on it.

“I would like to shoot more than 45 percent from three-point land this year,” he said. “To get to that goal, I come in early and put a lot of shots up before practice and after practice. I also come in and shoot a lot more on my own.”

His teammates have taken notice of the new Super Mario.“The new Mario is gonna be in position to really help us out,” said Chris Bosh. “We know what Rio brings when the lights are on. He’s one of those big time players.”