Q&A with Al Horford

1. Can you talk a little bit about what being a member of the NBA/WNBA FIT Team means to you?
It's great because I get to inspire others to have a healthy lifestyle and take care of their bodies.

2. What is one cool fact fans would be interested to know about you?
I'm an awesome ping pong player.

3. During the (W)NBA season, you are constantly staying active between practices and games. What do you do during the offseason to stay in shape and improve your skills for the next season?
I do different cardio workouts: hot yoga, boxing, biking and swimming.

4. Do you work out with any other (W)NBA players/athletes during the offseason?
Usually my teammates.

5. With such a busy travel and game schedule, how do you manage to eat healthy? What does your diet look like on a typical game day?
It's hard but I always carry snacks like pistachios, trail mix, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruits. On a typical gameday I eat pasta, salad and drink lots of water.

6. It is easy to cut down on sleep when you have a busy schedule. How important is it to your body to get a solid amount of sleep every night?
Sleep is very important. I always try to get 7-9 hours.

7. When you were growing up, how important was it for you to stay active and play sports? Aside from basketball, what other sports did you play?
It was very important. I played soccer, volleyball, ping pong and track.

8. When you’re tired or busy how do you motivate yourself to work out? What do you do to keep your workouts from getting boring?
I think about how other plays are working hard and that gets me motivated. I mix in different workouts outside of basketball to keep me interested.

9. A healthy breakfast is a very important meal because it fuels your body with energy to help you focus and perform throughout the day. What do you eat for breakfast to get you going for the day?
Eggs, quinoa, oatmeal, fruits, turkey bacon, orange juice. I top it off with a smoothie.

10. Is there a fun or unique fitness routine or nutrition tip you that you can share?
For a nutrition tip, try implementing quinoa into your diet. It's a high source of protein.

11. Rapid fire questions:

a. Push-ups or sit-ups? Sit-ups
b. Fruits or vegetables? Fruit
c. Running or swimming? Swimming
d. How many times per day do you work out? 2
e. Favorite place to work out? Outdoors