Kristaps Porzingis is one of the top players in the NBA, and one of the tallest as well. Usually, no one expects that such giants can pack on serious muscle mass. However, Porzingis’ dedication to the weight room and to his diet this offseason has seemingly paid dividends. He transformed his body and was able to beef up by adding an extra sixteen pounds (eight kilograms). Recent posts on social media have even compared him to Ivan Drago.
So what goes into the Kristaps workout?
The Kristaps Porzingis Workout
In truth, we don’t have access to the official Kristaps Porzingis workout routine. We can only make assumptions by following public posts on social media.
It seems that his workout is broken down into three individual aspects.
First, there is his on the court work. It involves specific drills to maintain and improve his basketball skills. That includes post move work, agility cone work, and many other exercises for overall quickness and coordination. Kristaps also perfects his dribbling, passing, and shooting from a range of positions.
Next, comes functional training to boost stamina and power. This aspect of Kristaps’s routine utilizes many exercises with and without equipment. For example, we can see how Kristaps does many movements with resistance bands.
Finally, there is the strength work. Videos reveal Kristaps performing various exercises to target all the main muscle groups. The workout consists of compound and isolation movements such as deadlifts, squats, bicep curls, dumbbell presses, and so on.
It doesn’t appear that Porzingis is using very heavy weights. Mostly, he works out in a medium repetition range (6-14 reps). Repetitions consist of slow negative movements followed by powerful and explosive upward movements.
Resistance workouts allowed him to increase his muscle size and gain strength to later use on the basketball court.
What are the results?
A sixteen pound muscle gain in a single offseason is especially impressive when we consider that Kristaps missed all of the 2018 season with an injured knee. In fact, many gym-goers would be happy to gain as much muscle in a single season as Kristaps did.
In more recent videos released on Porzingis’ play, his game seems to be even better and more creative than in years past. This new and improved Kristaps, paired with teammate Luka Doncic, should make the Dallas Mavericks an interesting team to keep an eye on this season.