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Monday, December 10th, 2012 at 10:55 am  |  49 responses

Joakim Noah Trained With a Big-Wave Surfer in the Offseason


In addition to introducing yoga to his training regimen, which was suggested to him by Kareem-Abdul Jabbar (his hook shot instructor), Joakim Noah learned from an expert on the waves. The Chicago Bulls center — currently averaging career highs in points (13.7), assists (4.2) and steals (1.4) — believes the water-based workouts have done wonders for his stamina and strength. Per the Daily Herald: “After Saturday’s victory over New York, Noah is averaging just less than 40 minutes per game, second in the NBA behind Luol Deng. One tactic Noah learned was yoga, an idea given to him by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Noah says he does yoga on off-days, and it helps him with recovery. He also discovered the strange world of underwater workouts. Through some friends, Noah hooked up with legendary big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton and spent some time in Southern California learning his methods. ‘I would say I learned just as much about recovery from him as anybody,’ Noah said after playing 44 minutes and the entire second half against the Knicks. ‘The way he trains for what he does is unbelievable. I consider him like a mentor.’ Hamilton doesn’t compete in surfing, necessarily. He trains mostly so he can survive the world’s largest walls of water. ‘He surfs 60-, 70-foot giants,’ Noah said. ‘You fall, you could die. Talk about mental toughness. When you have a 60-foot monster, you can be under (water) for two or three minutes, so you have to train for that. He’ll use weights and do like jumps underwater. He can do like 10 jumps. I can do like three. It’s unbelievable, just for your lung capacity and stuff like that. It really helped me doing these pool workouts.’ Noah wasn’t sure what was in store for the basketball season, but that lung work has paid off. His previous career high was 32.8 minutes per contest in 2010-11, and he made it through just 48 games that year because of a thumb injury.”

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  • roscoe

    hamilton is a beast.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    That’s an intense workout. Pool work is always difficult. I’m glad NBA players are adopting non-traditional means of training. Yoga specifically is amazing for stamina.

  • vtrobot

    Laird, one of most badass humans on the planet right now. Not particularly frightened by potential death and seems like a level-headed and down-to-earth dude. Time well spent, Noah.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    I want to try these workouts!

  • spit hot fiyah

    this just in: ivan johnson to work out with hammer head shark next off season

  • LakeShow

    “The Chicago Bulls forward”

    No… nope, always been a center…

  • Redd

    well played

  • Redd

    Doesn’t even look like a damned forward.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    i been rocking my joakim noah jersey proudly this year

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    LOL

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    that dude is trash, him and boozer should get booed nite n night out

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    think stephen jackson said he started yoga last year

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    plus your momma loves riding this big kahuna wave. no doubt kid.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    I’ve always felt that joakim shoulda averaged more points

  • vtrobot

    Laird, not Rip.

  • roscoe

    tebow should replace sanchez… lol.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    man, i live in jersey. and i can tell you those two QB are str8 basura.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I want to make a collage of comments like these lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    not Rip man….smh

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    why do kids call people kids over the internet…you play a lot of call of duty don’t you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I would say that Jo gets the all star nod over Varajeo (ignore the spelling) simply because of their team’s records.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    unless the Bulls fallout lol

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    its all in a hard days work kid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Noob! Get good kid! you probly arnt even mlg

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    tell your momma to lick this big kahuna kid!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    u just got pwned noob camper u mad bro?

  • astro

    underwater i can jump to the moon.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Lol I had a good laugh typing that to you. It’s funny

  • Mike From Spain

    Now that Center has been removed from the All Star vote, Noah is a forward… I guess that’s the reasoning. Anyway, SMH that there are no places for Center.

  • Redd

    Not Rip dude, that guy is awesome.

  • kh

    A whole lot of awesome happening in this article!
    I think I’d like to hang with Joakim.

  • LakeShow

    Ahahahha…. your from Jersey….
    Awesome…. It all makes sense…

  • LakeShow

    Why?
    He has no offensive moves what so ever. If he is scoring more than 13-15 ppg your team has issues.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    lmao I was thinking the same thing

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    he just needs to work on his offense

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    nothing wrong with puerto rican, jews. suckas

  • LakeShow

    Then why did you think he should average more points?
    If he needs to work on his offense… he should be averaging less points.
    God your dumb man.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    stupid is, stupid does my ni66a

  • LakeShow

    I’m white… And you have admitted to being a jew.
    Stop using racial charged epithets please.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Shut up. I come from an Puerto Rican father, and an Israeli mother. If you hve a problem with that. It’s not my problem kid

  • LakeShow

    Still doesn’t explain why you use a term that is degrading to black people…

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Obviously you don’t know NY Puerto Ricans

  • LakeShow

    No, glad to say I don’t.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    bigget, ass prick

  • LakeShow

    Repping your people well.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    shudd up

  • LakeShow

    chut up

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