The Blake Griffin training regimen has made him one of the most powerful and explosive performers in the NBA.
Blake Griffin was born in Oklahoma City on March 16, 1989. After being distinguished as the 2008-2009 Naismith Player of the Year, Griffin went pro and was the first overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. He never played during his rookie year (2009-2010 NBA season) due to stress injury suffered fracture on his left patella. Griffin was given a rookie status during the 2010-2011 NBA season and had an incredibly successful year garnering both Rookie of the Year honors and winning the 2011 All Star Sprite Slam Dunk Competition. With his incredible skill and work ethic, Griffin will remain a force in the NBA for years to come.
Blake Griffin’s workout and training routine is done almost exclusively outside to adjust to unstable weights or surfaces. Along with his brothers, the 6’10, 250 lb. Griffin works out with renowned San Francisco-based trainer Frank Matrisciano, known as the “mysterious trainer” to many.
When the two train together, Matrisciano would make Griffin mainly train on sand for his workout. He would say, “If you can run up a 60 degree incline in sand with a 60 pound weight vest then running 94 feet down the court on a flat surface should be easy.”
Training on sand provides many benefits for Griffin. He develops more strength in his lower body running on sand. Since the sand shifts beneath him as he runs, Griffin’s ankles, arches, and calves are much more engaged and will become stronger in the process. This can explain why Griffin has a powerful 37-inch vertical jump. In addition, sand training improves balance because the uneven sand surface activates nearly all the muscles in the body, which will result in more strength and fluidity of motion. Also, running on sand puts less impact on the joints and muscles as the feet hit the sand. Also, studies show that people who run or walk on sand burned between 1.2 and 1.8 times more calories per mile on each run, which can explain why Griffin has such a lean and muscular physique.
Griffin also uses push-ups, pull-ups and a lot of core work. His core routine consists of the Swiss ball. He also focuses on his lower Body as well as shoulders and arms. As for cardio, he swims 2-3 times a week and on the other days uses the stairmaster or the Treadmill.
Besides these arduous workouts, Blake balances it out with yoga to keep himself flexible and limber. The Clippers hired a full time yoga coach that Blake takes full advantage of. "It's a great low impact workout," he says, "It speeds up recovery. It has kept everything around my knee, calves, quads, hamstrings, ankles, all that - more flexible."
Keep in mind that this is all in addition to the normal basketball drills and practices in the gym. Blake's success is a direct result of his grueling training regimen. Very few players work as hard and have as complete of a training routine as Blake. He is always eager to do the things needed to gain a competitive edge over his peers and to be one of the best power forwards in the game.
Regarding his diet, in order for Blake to maintain his physique and energy levels his diet is very lean and strict. It consists of Chicken/Fish and Fruits and Vegetables.