Q&A with Tyson Chandler

BE ACTIVE

1. What do you do during the off season to stay in shape and improve your game?
I train a lot in the offseason. A typical day starts out with flexibility training and warm-up. Then I will strength train for an hour-and-a-half followed by flexibility training. Next I hit the court to do a skills and drills session. This past off-season I really focused on developing my jump shot.

2. How do you motivate yourself to workout and what do you do to keep your workouts from getting boring?
I am always thinking about the person ahead of me and how hard they are working. I always train as if it is game time so I am physically and mentally ready when the season begins. At the end of the day, I ask myself “Did I get better?”.

3. What type of exercises do you do to help build your endurance?
At the beginning of the offseason I am doing more reps with less weight, but as the season gets closer, I do less reps with more weight. My favorite exercises are dumbbell curls, squats and military push-ups.

EAT HEALTHY

1. What do you eat for breakfast to get you going for the day?
As a professional athlete, I am very conscious of what I put into my body. For breakfast I like to eat a lot of carbs – oatmeal, eggs, pancakes, waffles, bagels, toast. I need it because I burn so much energy.

2. What is your favorite pre-game meal? How do you recharge after a tough workout?
I always have pasta with some type of protein before every game. After tough workouts I will usually drink Muscle Milk to help me recover. Protein is extremely important for staying fit and healthy.

PLAY TOGETHER

1. What types of activities did you use to do with your family to stay healthy when you were a kid?
I lived on a farm until I was nine, and we all chipped in to help with the work, so that definitely helped me stay healthy as a kid.

2. When you were growing up, what were some of your favorite activities that you did with your friends?
I’ve been playing basketball since I was three years old so that was mostly what I did with my friends. Sometimes we would play pick-up or one-on-one, other times we were playing on teams in formal leagues.