Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 at 1:00 pm  |  77 responses

Links: MUSCLE WATCH 2010

The Biggest Losers and Gainers…

by Lang Whitaker | @langwhitaker

It’s that time of year again, time for us to take a peek at the shape of the NBA as the season begins.

When I did a post a few weeks ago previewing MUSCLEWATCH 2010, commenter Fat Lever (no pun intended) asked if we could get a MUSCLEWATCH for the SLAM staff. My initial reaction was no, because our jobs are not to be in the best possible shape. And then I figured, why not?

Take, for instance, me. Over the last eight months, I’ve lost about 30 pounds. I went to the doctor back in February, and he told me that I was overweight and that my cholesterol was too high. These things were, obviously, connected, and could be traced to one main factor: I never exercised.

I played basketball every day of my life for about 20 years, and after moving to New York, I threw myself into this job at SLAM, and let everything else, most prominently my health, slide. It didn’t have far to fall. I’ve never been thin, even when I was playing basketball in high school and running 5-6 miles each day at practice. When I reached my 20s, my knees started giving me trouble (mild arthritis in both of them), so I just gave up.

But in recent years, I knew I needed to do something. I was heavy, and tired all the time, and didn’t like always having to buy XXL clothes. I didn’t want to join a gym, and I live literally feet away from one of NYC’s most beautiful parks, of which I wanted to take advantage. Running is free, so that was appealing. My doctor had actually suggested I take up running, and he said he thought my knees could handle it. I went to lunch one day with SLAM columnist Idan Ravin and mentioned this, and he said he thought my knees would probably stop giving me trouble if I lost some weight.

Around the same time as my doctor’s visit, I spoke to someone who uses the Nike Plus running system. If you don’t know, it’s basically a small plastic disc that goes in your shoe, and then it wirelessly connects with your iPod and tracks your runs or walks — distance, time, calories, everything. So I ordered the Nike Plus thing from Amazon (it cost less than $10) and a Velcro pouch ($5) to attach it to my shoes, because I didn’t have the Nike Plus shoes. And then one morning I started running.

That was in February. For the first few weeks, my knees killed, but I iced them and stretched them and started losing weight, and one day they stopped hurting all together. Since then I’ve cut back on the amount of food that I eat, started drinking pretty much only water all day long, and forced myself to stick to a regular exercise schedule. I don’t run marathon distances — I’ve now built up to running about 3 miles at a time — but I do it regularly, two days on and one day off, and I don’t allow myself to skip a day. When I was sick a few weeks ago I took five days off, and not being able to go and run made me feel worse than having the stomach flu. This morning I went for a run and came back in and synced my Nike Plus thingy, and discovered I’ve now logged over 150 miles since I started running. Also, I’ve lost a lot of weight. It didn’t happen overnight, but it keeps happening, slowly but surely, about one pound a week. Which isn’t that extreme when you think about it. Yet seeing it happen makes me want to continue at it.

My point is, MUSCLE WATCH isn’t only about adding muscle, it’s also about transformation. And I believe it’s possible for anyone to transform their body. Obviously you have to put in the work and be completely committed to the task. Actors do it all the time: for his role in American History X, Edward Norton supposedly added 30 pounds of muscle; for his part in Wolverine, Hugh Jackman put on 20 pounds of muscle thanks to a vegan diet; before portraying Tony Stark in Iron Man 2, Robert Downey packed on 20 pounds of muscle.

All that said, this year’s MUSCLEWATCH was a bit of a disappointment. It seems that I saw fewer stories about guys putting on the hyperbolic pounds of muscle than we’ve seen in previous years. I wonder if this is symbolic of some sort of change in direction for NBA players? In an article in the Racine Journal Times, Bucks coach Scott Skiles says gaining weight is “totally overrated. We’re not a big weight-conscious team. We’re concerned about body fat. Body fat is what slows guys down.”

Perhaps more NBA players are looking to be slimmer and more agile than they used to be?

Or maybe I’m just not as good at using the Google News search functions as I used to be? (By the way, shout outs to Linkstigators Ken, Todd, Shae, Garrett and Seth for sending along MUSCLE WATCH nominations.)

Look, this is hardly scientific. It’s just a collection of stories about how much guys weigh.

Let’s go to the scales…

• Sacramento’s Hassan Whiteside, the Examiner casually reports, gained 25 pounds of muscle over the summer. Researching further, it appears Whiteside added the 25 pound of muscle since summer league ended, which means he put on 25 pounds of muscle in just a few months. (Random thought: The Kings should play “Mr. Brightside” whenever Mr. Whiteside scores.)

• CJ Miles has added 12 pounds of muscle, leaving him just 3 pounds from the magical 15. And in other Jazz weight news, Sundiata Gaines gained 15 pounds, Al Jefferson also added 15, and Kyrylo Fesenko lost 15 pounds.

• According to the Washington Post’s epic blogger Michael Lee, Wizards center JaVale McGee not only gained eight pounds of muscle, he also was diagnosed with asthma and, thanks to an inhaler, has more stamina. Also in DC, Nick Young has reportedly added 10 pounds of muscle.

• Roy Hibbert showed up for training camp having lost 23 pounds over the summer, and he’s now down to 255 pounds. “Roy Hibbert has had one of the best summers I’ve ever witnessed in my years of coaching,” coach Jim O’Brien told the Indy Star. Hibbert worked out with Bill Walton, and like McGee, Hibbert also discovered he has asthma, which he’s now treating with an inhaler, and which should increase his time on the floor.

• Evan Turner reportedly put on 10 pounds of muscle, but the Sixers didn’t want him so big, so he ended up losing weight. He weighed in at camp 4 pounds heavier than he’d been in college.

• DeJuan Blair’s body fat is down to 8 percent.

• In Orlando, Rashard Lewis lost 10 pounds, Vince Carter lost three percent body fat, and most impressively, Stan Van Gundy has hit the gym this summer and has shed a few pounds.

• Pistons forward Austin Daye has been trying hard to put on weight. According to the Detroit News, Daye ate a lot of In-N-Out burgers. Well, who wouldn’t? This season, after hiring a nutritionist and personal chef, he’s added 9 pounds, but he’s still 6-11 and 205 pounds. Meanwhile, point guard Rodney Stuckey has dropped 10 pounds.

• Anthony Randolph has purportedly added weight this summer, making it a whopping 50 pounds he’s put on since entering the League (even though he’s still only about 225). And for Eddy Curry, the struggle continues.

• Mike Cunningham at the AJC reports Jeff Teague has added 6 pounds through focusing on building leg strength.

• Lakers rookie Derrick Caracter weighed 305 in college, but going into training camp he weighed in at 265. The LA Times has an interesting interview with the trainer who helped Caracter shed weight, and he says Caracter lost the weight by doing a variety of things, including Bikram yoga.

• According to the News Observer, DJ Augustin has added 5 pounds of muscle while reducing his body fat, putting him at 180 for this season: “Augustin said he took just one week off, following the playoff loss to the Orlando Magic, before hitting the gym. Pilates, yoga, running and weight-lifting were his summer.”

• Brook Lopez reportedly lost 25 pounds from having mono, but he’s since put the weight back on.

• Kendrick Perkins is rehabbing his knee injury, and he told the Boston Herald, ““I’ve lost fat, not muscle. I’m staying in the weight room. I’m on the bike. I walk a lot. I eat right.” According to the article, Perkins weighed 285 at the time of the injury, weighs 275 right now, and hopes to get to 265 by the time he returns.

• Also on the recovery trail, Blazer’s Edge reports Greg Oden lost 30 pounds this summer, although Oden says he’s since added 4 pounds of lean muscle. “I had a really good chef in Indiana. I would love to say it’s my mom, but she would cook me up greasy food.”

• There was a report earlier this summer that LaMarcus Aldridge had put on 20 pounds of muscle, though in that same link above, Aldridge says he only expects to be 4-5 pounds heavier this season than he was last season.

• Eddie House lost 15 pounds this summer. Bonus points to Heat.com for actually using the phrase “15 pounds of muscle.”

• Chuck Hayes also lost 15 pounds.

• And finally, Ron Artest is on his way to losing 15 pounds.

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  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Lang, I’m right where you used to be at this moment. I was in awesome shape while in the Marines, but since getting out in 2007 I’ve put on 70 (!!!) pounds. I too am always freakin’ tired , and tired as hell of only wearing XL and XXL clothes, when I used to rock M’s. I been trying to find something that’ll motivate me to lose the weight, and soon. It’s not money, we had a “biggest loser” contest here at work. First prize was freakin’ $400…I lost no weight. Anyways, I’m hoping to freakin’ finally grow a pair back and like Nike said, “just do it”. You sharing your running and Nike Plus experiences are great advice, I might have to go take a closer look at that.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Congrats on the weight loss, Lang. I didn’t realize you played ball so much though. That’s pretty cool.

  • Clement

    Hey Lang,
    Good seeing you on Friday. Pls thank Susan for the pizza reco. We went and it was great!
    And yeah, actually…I did notice you lost weight (from the last time I saw you in Toronto). Truth be told, my lady asked me if the Tees I brought would fit and I said I wasn’t sure haha. But good to hear you’re staying consistent with the run.

    On the Muscle watch, Andrea supposedly put on some (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/418778-can-andrea-bargnani-be-the-raptors-saviour) but who knows if it hit the magical 15?

  • Gym Rat

    Congrats Lang!! A few months ago I signed up for my first half marathon and immediately went out and bought a Nike+. I love it! It’s definitely helped me in my training. But don’t try and wear it while playing basketball. I wore it during a few games and it got all screwed up!
    Congrats again!

  • SayWhat

    Hugh Jackman did not put on 20 pounds of muscle thanks to a vegan diet. He ate a S@#$ load of chicken. The last time I checked, a chicken is not a vegtable.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Lang….I’m proud of you for your weight loss and your ability to push yourself into something you don’t really want to do. It’s saying alot about your character to take your health into consideration at an early age and try to save yourself the hassle of dealing with potential future health problems. I’m trying to lose about 20 lbs too…..been doing the P90X program for a few weeks and it is an as*-kicker, but the results are real. I have a feeling by the end of this comment section, we’ll have the SLAMOnline commenters Muscle Watch list!

  • j4zzm4n

    heck i lost 10 pounds of muscle and weigh less now than i did 8 years ago which means that yeah weight loss can be gradual. so as a former overweight person i wish all people trying to lose good luck and may you retain that willpower

  • max

    @enigmatic As I do not know you, I would not dare to judge, but how are living a healthier life, probably looking better and excelling at sports again not motivation enough to start working out, stop drinking soft-drinks and start eating a little healthier? And its not like you have to be rocket scientist to find these pretty obvious reasons.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @max – I know, I know. It sounds simple enough right? I wanna look good, feel good and all that, so why not just do it? But everytime I try I don’t last at it very long. I can only chalk it up to one thing – laziness. When I first got out of the military I thought “damn, I don’t have to wake up at 0500 and work out every day if I don’t want to anymore, so I’m just gonna chill for a bit”. Problem was, it’s been over three years and I’m still “chilling”. And a lot heavier now. I just need to break this damn cycle of not doing anything because I’m “tired all the time” when being tired all the time is because I don’t do anything.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I did the same thing Lang. Dropped like 60 pounds really quick. I need a workout partner though so I can get back on track.

  • http://Facebook.com/jray2009 Jray

    I (un)fortunately have Austin Daye’s curse
    6’5 175

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I would add my story, but I’m writing a book. So, you’ll have to buy it to hear it. And I expect everyone of my Slam buddies to buy it, too. Anyway, I’m running now and woriking with weights and I’ve lost 85 so far.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    A book?! WTF! You come back to the site after weeks away and then you drop that info? Damn!!!!

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Ha! I’ve been keeping it a secret until I get it done. Plus, I have no publisher nor agent, so this will be a long process. But, yes, a book!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’m jealous Cheryl.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Send me a message or something on Facebook to give me a heads up on the content.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    One thing I should’ve mentioned is how much I hate the actual running. I like wearing cool workout gear, stretching, listening to stuff on my iPod, being outdoors, the exercise endorphins kicking in, feeling exhausted afterward (but knowing it’s for a great reason). The running itself, though, I detest. But I still make myself do it. Enigmatic mentioned laziness, which I have to fight every time I make myself get off the couch or get out of bed and go for a run. But it gets easier, and it started getting easier even after the first time I went for a run.

    Also, Nike’s not the only company that makes one of those running things — adidas has one, Garmin has one, etc. To anyone interested, I say do the research and find one that works for you.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Cheryl: Good luck! If I can be of any help, let me know.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Thanks, y’all. Didn’t realize it would garner this attention. But, yes, I have a story to tell with this issue. And Lang, I will take you up on that when this is closer to the query stage. Eboy, I’ll send a FB message when I get home. Can’t access from work.

  • permaculture james

    each pound off the body is even more in terms of pressure on the knees. Way to go Lang.

    Re: Aldridge 260 lbs. back in Aug., 3 days earlier than your link (don’t know if true though) via Blazers asst coach:

  • T-Money

    Randolph was 175?! Damn. Yeah, teams are concerned with dropping weight nowadays. Everybody on the Heat got slimmer this summer. Even dudes like House and Mike Miller.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Great stuff lang, allen, and cheryl!!! Most impressive is dejuan blair and vince. Blair down to 8% is incredible. …… .. Survival of the fittest

  • Sparker

    hey lang, well done. this year, i lost 25 lbs in a few months too while training for a half marathon. i ran that this summer, plus 2 5ks and a 10k. i was training for a marathon, but had to stop when my ankle started giving me problems. all this to say: look out, though. apparently research shows that men find it relatively easy to lose weight over a period of 6 months, but tend to gain it back within an 18-month window.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Sparker: Yep. A couple of years ago I dropped about 20 pounds and then let it trickle back. It’s so easy to just not exercise, you know? The thing now is I think (hope) I can at the very least maintain what I’m doing, if not continue to improve upon it. We’ll see.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    What has seemed to work for me (over the last year) is to surround myself with folks who are doing the same thing. When you try to become (and stay) fit and adopt a healthy(ier) lifestyle, you have to have like-minded people in your life to model living that kind of life. So seek out running clubs or health blogs, or FB friends, anything to get and keep health-conscious people in your life.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Cuz, I’ll tell ya, I’ll friggin kill myself if those 85 pounds find theiry way back! (joking, but not really…)

  • JalepinoSausage

    Great achievement Bro ! I myself have Lost 43pounds on the $lim fast plan ! Its great & fun 4 the kidz. Sadly i regained it and became a Fat (unt ! *@$%ard !!

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Wow, no love as a Linkstigator? I was all over that Skiles story Lang, lol.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I feel the same way about running. It’s pure drudgery. I like how I feel after running, and I like people waving to me as a I run, but I hate actually putting one foot in front of the other.
    I’ve been that way since youth basketball and high school football. I just hate running for exercise, but it’s a good workout.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Hassan Whiteside is looking like Dwight Howard….the young man put the WORK in, much respect to him, he’ll be a great pro with that kinda work ethic…the Kings are going to be a playoff team this year….book it baby!! Arco is gonna be thumpin again!

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla
  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I hope so, Black Rick, I hope so. I’ve always had a soft spot for that team.

  • http://sdklff.com Jukai

    Honestly, I starting creeping up passed 200 pounds (I’m 6’3, so that’s not bad, but it certainly wasn’t muscle) and I decided to simply change where I played basketball.
    I played around my old college, where it’s pretty much all white, nerdy college kids. I decided to head more into the inner city and began playing against kids who would dunk on me regularly and without prejudice. That forced me to get my butt in shape. Bad.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Oops, sorry Michael NZ.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^cheryl.. so wat u look like sweetheart

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    Weight gain in basketball is SO OVERRATED. Its good to a certain point… but Scott Skiles is right it just slows players down

  • rich

    im a lil younger but i notice its harder to keep my figure now that im almost 20 my junoir varsity team keeps me in shape to an extent but i have to work waay harder than before and its an adjustment to say the least. im in better shape than i was at 17 but it is WORK!!!! GRATS to lang i hate running and i got knee trubble too so a suggestion i use now is SWIMMING if u got a Y near u go late or early when there are no kids and it is really relaxing

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Apology accepted.

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    @ Enigmatic, start doing the smallest thing, like ur “favorite” easiest exercice (they should b one). But oblige urself 2 do it EVERYDAY. Push-ups, abs, etc (u were n the Marines, so u should know a bunch of m). The one that u do most easilly and start slowly, with 5, 10… The only thing is 2 do it regularly. After a while, a month or so, when u’ll start seeing the result, u’ll increase the amount of exercice u do kinda naturally and u’ll start enjoying it again. That’s what I did and I’m on my way 2 have something like my 6 pack back, instead of a 2Pac (belly and breast). Believe me bro’ it works. Like they say in France, “c’est le premier pas qui coute” i.e “the hardest thing is 2 start”…
    Good luck man and come on, u r a former Marine, when u say that 2 somebody, u should kinda look like it.

  • JTaylor21

    @Cheryl, the book sounds like a good look but it would be useless for someone like me. I’m 6-4 175, trying to get to 220 so I’m focused on gaining weight not losing it. Anyone have any extra info on how to speed up the weight gain.

  • http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000580635564 Bryan

    I’m trying to get back down to 205 or 210 , at 218 down from 238 about 2 months ago. I really don’t work out or do anything. Drinking water and cutting myself off after 8pm is about all. I was 165 in HS but that was too small for my frame, even though I’m short haha.

  • tavoris

    that Bikram Yoga is NO JOKE. I felt like I was hit by a bus the next day.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Nice story, Lango. I tore my achilles in March and gained some weight from not being able to move around. Then in May, my physio began. By July, i was moving along well (shout out to Desmond Kho, my bodybuilding, PT-torturer extraordinaire) and had lost all the pounds i gained. I was back on the court mid september and am nearly dunking again. Like you i detest jogging, i keep in shape with jumpropes, biking, stairs and weights. Props on your progress.

  • Heals

    Props Lang, now try and up the ante next year. Also about actors adding that much muscle I’m a firm believer heads are using growth hormone, anabolics, etc. to do that. C’mon doing that type of stuff in those short time periods requires world class athletic dedication and work; not things I would associate with actors…

  • JTaylor21

    @Heals, I wouldn’t say it’s hgh and anabolic steroids because gaining that much weight is not hard to do as long as you know what your doing when you get in the weight room. I’ve put on 15+ pounds in 3 1/2 months time three separate times (I lost it all due to laziness). Just like anything in life that you want to accomplish it takes dedication, hard-work and consistency.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I’m out for our reg. social comp this season (started Monday) due to a fractured bone in my hand. I don’t expect to be moving much but I’m going to train to keep my cardio up. As it is, I have an almost impossible time moving up or down 15 pounds…

    I WOULD like to dunk again though. But at 30 (and 5’9) it’s probably a case of my best days are now behind me.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    I’m 6’2, 190lbs, have played ball all my life and have never touched the rim. Related: I’m white and can shoot the three.

  • Dre Baller

    i’m 5’4″ and i used to be able to touch the rim way back in high school. i even won a free pizza for winning a vertical jump competition at the local community center. now, i can barely touch the net. my knees and joints hurt when i wake up in the morning. went for a run for the first time in years just before summer and it felt great, but never went back again. i think Lang just motivated me to get up and start running regularly.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @ Fresh Prince – Thanks 4 the advice, I’ma try that out. I think taking small steps will help. Like, I already decided soda’s out of my diet. Next will probably be fast food, things like that. I eat mad junk food so that’s gotta go. And yeah, when I tell people I was in the Marines I get a look like “what happened?” So I need to kill that noise. Thanks again. Yeah, this article and reading the comments got me a little hyped now.
    @ JTaylor21 – I wish I had your problem.

  • tavoris

    @Darksaber…I tore mine in april…just got back on the court in Aug myself…man, that ‘ish was scary, not being able to make my ankle work.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    tavoris: tell me about it. I’ve been blessed with no serious injuries for 20+ years playing, so the achilles rupture was a real downer. Good to hear you’re back on the court too, you seem to have made a very quick recovery. How’s the strength in the injured leg?

  • ab40

    if you wanna gain weight you gotta eat a lot of carbs. protein makes you fat when you don’t use it. since you’ll need a gram per what 2 or 3 pounds of bodyweight a lean protein diet makes no sense. and those gains are easy… in the words of the late bernie mac.. I’m blessed. btw if you lose weight (fat) too fast the posibility of it coming back is huge. if yuo lose it slowly it’s permanent if you lose 10 pounds in a month or two you can bet on it it’s gonna be back when you stop running. it’s not rocket science and working with a dietist from time to time is a tip I’d like to give to everybody. and not the guy at the gym who says he knows all about it. another tip: before you start running take running and walking lessons to prevent injury and optimize your movements. if you’re not competing it’s bett.er to be safe than sorry

  • tavoris

    @Darksaber-it’s getting back…still gets stiff at times, but i don’t favor it when I’m running or jumping anymore.
    I think it was a somewhat quick recovery partly because I didn’t have the option of taking time off to recuperate. It happened on a Saturday…I took Monday off, and was back to trekking up and down the NYC streets (with crutches and a boot) on Tuesday.
    Funny we were talking about this, cuz a friend of mine tore his achilles last night.

  • http://www.garrettelliott.com Garrett

    @Enigmatic: I disagree with Fresh Prince about baby steps. I think you need to jump in head first, hard core. Just pick a day on the calendar and do a 180 on your diet, start exercising, and don’t look back. I cheated and hired a personal trainer at the end of May and now I’m almost down 40 pounds and I’ve gained a lot of muscle (so I’ve probably lost even more than 40 pounds of actual fat). If I had started gradually there’s no way I would have stuck to it — kicking my own ass was the only way to break my laziness. I’m now under 200 pounds for the first time since my early 20′s (I’m 31 now).

  • Morgan

    @ab40 – wrong way round my man. Carbs convert to fat eaier than Protein. If you want to add muscle you need to intake the correct amount of protein for your body mass (thats why they sell so many protein shakes at/near gyms). The best ‘natural’ sources are chicken and tuna. If you eat a large amount of carbs (it should be around 50% of your Guideline Daily Allowance – men 2500cals/day, women 2000cals/day) like potatoes, pastas and breads you can increase the rate you add on fat if you don’t burn off what you put in.
    I stopped eating carbs with my evening meal about 6 months back and I’ve dropped almost 10% in body fat (down to the 10%-ish mark) with only adding one additional gym day a week. I do really miss chips(fries) though :(

  • tavoris

    @Garrett-glad to see I’m not the only kat over 30 up here (32) lol

  • Fat Jet

    Oh, man… just wanna running now… Let’s go.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Good to hear people getting back in shape. I too balled all the time everyday, but got married, then kids next thing you know I have gained 40 pounds. I am about to start P90X, heard alot of good things about it and I am about to start not eating after 7 or 8pm. I gain most of my weight staying up playing video games and eating or watching late football/basketball games and snacking. I have to get back to my game shape so I can get my first step back and look like a complete muscleman again. The thing with me is I can lift mad weight benching and things, but I have to get my whole body back right, so I choose P90X and treadmill instead of running. Our health is important and all I drink is water, so if you don’t, start just drinking water and that can help shed some pounds too.

  • Harlem_World

    To all those on the path – my advice is, just take it one day at a time. Its easy to get discouraged when you think about how far you have to go to get to where you want to be, but alot easier to break it down one day at a time. For those of us who used to ball in hs or college, make it a goal to get back into some kind of shape where you can start playing pick up again. If you get back in shape and strengthen your body, the joints will ease up considerably – and playing ball doesn’t feel like working out at all! I can happily go for hours playing full court without realizing its been that long, as opposed to checking my watch every couple minutes if I’m just out jogging. Got to make it something you enjoy to stick at it long-term. Shout out to Cheryl and all those who’ve already lost significant weight – keep up the good work!

  • http://www.garrettelliott.com Garrett

    @tavoris: We’re not old… we’re just wily veterans now. :D

  • http://google c_cantrell

    im 6 ft 175 lbs n had a 36″ vertical in high school..
    im sure its prolly only bout 29 or so now since i dont
    work out near as much as i did tho.. gettin old guys

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    30 is old? Sh*t, I’m in the wrong business.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Were going to pump (clap) you up! ……… ….. .. Not now arnold, im training

  • http://www.myczechrepublic.com SAB

    aw, i love these comment sections where it’s a big love-in! good work on the running Lang. i get you on the laborious nature of the exercise itself – i’ve never liked it, but i put my back out this summer and the chiropractor recommended regular swimming. i can’t stand swimming, but dragged my ass to the pool this morning and the plan is to swim every morning that i work a late-shift. i think the trick is to not sulk and think “this is boring” – it’s hard to get into it if that’s your attitude. keep up the good work all!

  • Heals

    That’s wild JTaylor, props man…

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Congrats on the weight loss, Lang. I lost 22 lbs over the last year via combination of diet, hiking and working out. My knee, which I Shaun Livingston-ed a few years back, doesn’t bother me now and I’m now back to playing basketball which is the greatest high ever.

  • http://www.mymimblueprint.com/mabuie thecomputerdude

    Congrats on the weight loss Lang!

  • http://www.danchamb.com.br Lz – Cphfinest3

    Interesting tread, hearing peoples stories. Here is mine: Up until 4 years ago I played Bball at least 4 times a week, ran and/or lifted weights everyday. At that time I was a ripped 185 Lbs with 7% body fat (6’0 is my height) and could dunk with ferocity, then I blow out my left knee 3 times in a span of 2 and a half years. The first two times I rehabbed meticously but the 3rd time kind of gave up, and my form has never recovered. Today I work 9-10 hours a day mostly at the office and weighs in at 170 Lbs. Although I am lighter by the magical 15 pounds, I just look slobby and chunky compared to 4 years ago. All the weight has moved from the upperbody and legs an to the stomach-area. It has happened more than once that my girlfriend has pointed to old photos and said ‘I want that back’ hehehe… Lang you just inspired me; I’m going running and not looking back beginning Monday the 18th. Keep up the good work people.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Congrats, Lang.
    And CONGRATS Cheryl on that book!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Tavoris man, for a moment yesterday I totally thought you were the boxer named Tavoris Cloud. tavoris isn’t the most common name (it’s dope though), so I jumped to conclusions… My bad. lol. And although I’m nowhere near 32, it’s not an age I would think is old at all. Like Garrett said, you’re just wily vets ;)

  • Bruno

    hey there’s a new smallest man in the world, Khagendra Thapa Magar 67.08 cm. He’s from Nepal and just became old enough to be in the Guiness Book

  • tavoris

    thanks 4 that Teddy…lol. my knees & ankles definitely feel like a grizzled vet

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  • Bruno

    hey that was cause everytime I read news like that I always think of Lang and Mr. Ping Ping

  • tavoris

    roflmbao that’s funny, Bruno.

  • youngmuggsy

    Some of these gains are just completely unbelievable. You’d be lucky to gain 25 lbs of pure muscle after 5 years of intense training.

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