Q&A with John Wall

1. Can you talk a little bit about what being a member of the NBA/WNBA FIT Team means to you?
Being selected as a member of the NBA Fit team is an honor, the league has identified me as a player who is mindful about his training, fitness and coming off an injury, that says a lot. I am excited to represent my team in this program.

2. What is one cool fact fans would be interested to know about you?
I am a sock addict; I have over 200 pairs of socks, fun socks, colorful socks, striped socks, and socks with Christmas trees on them, socks of my favorite cartoon characters. Socks, socks, socks.

3. During the NBA season, you are constantly staying active between practices and games. What do you do during the off season to stay in shape and improve your skills for the next season?
This past summer I started riding my bike more, in the off-season I reside in Los Angeles and I like to ride my bike on the beach. I also run the canyon and that is a good challenge for me.

4. 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?
Staying active and playing sports was important for me growing up because it kept me out of trouble and all my friends were involved in some type of sports activity. Other than basketball, we rode our bikes, played lots of games of tag and kickball.

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?
Eating healthy has been the biggest challenge for me; I have had to focus more on my eating habits since my injury. I try very hard to eliminate sweets and fried food. I have added more vegetables to my diet, as well as baked food, like chicken and fish. On a typical day, I grab a healthy breakfast from our team chef, normally one waffle, turkey bacon, some grapes and a smoothie, for lunch, I may have plain rice and chicken, and then for dinner shrimp or steak, string beans and a baked potato.

6. When you were growing up, what were some of your favorite outdoor activities that you did with your family?
I remember riding bikes and mainly basketball type activities with my sisters and cousins.

7. When youíre tired or busy how do you motivate yourself to workout? What do you do to keep your workouts from getting boring?
I motivate myself, by knowing that my competitors are out there putting in extra hours of training; I also have a great trainer that switches things up with me, when he sees that Iím lagging behind or becoming bored.

8. 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?
Waffles, turkey bacon, some grapes and a smoothie.

9. 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?
I think itís very important to get a good amount of sleep; I am a big napper, so I try to grab naps whenever I can.

10. Is there a fun or unique fitness routine or tip you do on a regular basis that you can share?
There is a dribbling drill that I do with one of our coaches; it really gets me focused, as it requires me to dribble in places in a squatting position at rapid speed.