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Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at 9:35 am  |  25 responses

Dwyane Wade Trained With a Martial Arts Black Belt


Dwyane Wade enlisted the help of a new trainer during the offseason/lockout, a man who has trained Army Rangers and Navy SEALS. They worked to avoid injury, while making Wade a leaner and stronger player. Reports the Miami Herald: “Thanks to [Ed] Downs, owner of TERF Athletic Facility on SW 81st Terrace in Miami, Wade has trimmed weight off his frame while also increasing his strength, explosion, quickness and balance. The end goal is a body that can stand up to the NBA’s abuse as Wade, who is nearing his 30th birthday, begins the second half of his career. Wade will weigh in Friday at 230 pounds, noticeably leaner than last season, and will register a mere 3.5 percent body fat. Wade’s total body fat was 4.8 percent when he began working with Downs. ‘I just wanted to be lean,’ Wade said. ‘Every year I’ve played at some kind of different weight, from my first year to last year. But for me it’s always about how lean can I be. This year I want to play at a different weight than I played at least year.’ With a workout regimen focused on improving Wade’s core strength, Downs put the Heat’s superstar through a demanding routine that included training with large, rubber bands and balancing discs. In offseasons past, Wade has focused on training with free weights. Downs introduced a new approach. ‘Yes, it’s core training but I wanted him to be able to control himself in the air at the same time,’ Downs said. ‘I was tired of seeing him falling on the ground all the time. So the better his balance, the more he lands safely on the ground. We all know he can do all the moves, but I want him to land on his feet and avoid injury.’ … Downs says Wade’s unique athleticism reminds him of a combination of Allen Iverson quickness and Baron Davis’ explosion. Downs has trained both Iverson and Davis, in addition to other NBA stars. ‘I truly compare [Wade] to an F-22 because the way that aircraft has to be able to maneuver in the air,’ Downs said. ‘All the components of power and maneuverability were already there when we started working. Now we’re transforming him into an F-35. Not many people know about the F-35 yet, but it’s a better F-22 with more explosive moves.’”

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  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    Cool article. And damn, Wade is almost 30? Now I feel old! (well, I already did, but still)

  • http://slamonline.com swagg

    every player should do this.

  • cramzy

    I like what I’m seeing from the big 3. They’re putting in that work.

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

    …well everybody just follow Kobe why don’t we

  • Nella

    230 lbs. is lean for Wade? On 3.5% BF? Something sounds off. I know guys are packing muscle these days but 230 on 6’4 is heavy for basketball, especially if they’re saying he was heavier previously.

  • KidCongo

    Major BS.
    Last season the Heat trained with the Marines, now it’s American Ninja-style dudes, what will it be in 2013? Vampires? Transformers?
    Practice your 3s instead.

  • BRAVO

    ^ LMAO

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    You know Mbenga IS a black belt right?

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

    ^^^ they didn’t train with the Marines lol. They had training camp last year at a military base in Florida. And I think Spo had them watch their preparation for some sort of inspiration

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    The guy is using new innovative ways to stay in tip-top shape and y’all still complain.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    I’ve heard of this guy’s gym. This article made me wanna train with him. Not to play bball, but to sculpt my body. I’d be dangerous.

  • LA Huey

    Flash to DWade to Bushido Brown

  • KidCongo

    If they win the championship it will be in the DVD: oh look, Wade trained with Mark Dacascos in November, and then they’ll show you a random move to prove how jaw-dropping a martial artist type of shooting guard he has become. I never buy into that type of self promotional BS. Wasn’t Olajuwon available instead?

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    Er, maybe it would have been better for him to work on hitting some spot up shots and cut of the ball.

  • vtrobot

    Wade should have done this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SUzcDUERLo

  • http://www.kittywildeonline.com RunNGun

    Being trained is one thing… using it when it really matters is another. Just ask these guys: [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ6HQL8orL4 ]

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Good stuff. Good for him. But those numbers are off. No way is he 230lbs with 3.8% body fat. Most lean body builders have at least 4.5%. I wish we could get some truth for once. Another 15 pounds of muscle story to me.

  • ryan

    artest without mma train can become a major bball fighter..

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com K.Holiday

    After the way Lebron did the Ninja Vanish in the chip last year, the Heat are gonna have two ninjas now!

  • Nella

    @ LakeShow: thanks for confirming. Jordan at his muscled peak was 215 @ 6’6, and VC is 220 @ 6’6. No way in hell is DWade a lean 230 on 6’4. He’s either really a jacked 215-220, or if he’s really 230 he’s then 10-12% BF. Not that it matters, but all these lies make it seem like these guys are from another world, same with all the LeBron is 275lbs BS from a year ago. As if they need to exaggerate.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Holla Nella

  • Ldub20

    What is the deal with the complaints and disses? You put the time in to get the best results. Just like a prize fighting boxer. Sometimes you gotta change your training camp to get better cardio, more strength, etc. Different techniques create different results. The L is turning into a guard league anyways. You got bigs doing guard stuff. Wade doesnt need to hit the 3. No one can guard him hittin mid range and getting to the cup…so why not just improve on what he is already good it, to become great? stop hating.

  • Piggy

    @LA Huey, Bushido Brown got decapitated.

  • bike

    “a demanding routine that included training with large, rubber bands and balancing discs”
    They left out the punishing routine where D-Wade fights through picks of inflatable rubber dolls.
    The reason he weighs 230 is because he put on 15 pounds of pure fat while on this routine.

  • LA Huey

    @Piggy, I refuse to remember that silly episode.

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