An LA Clippers inspired at-home workout: one exercise for every player

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LA Clippers Patrick Beverley
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Patrick Beverley: Burpees

One of the most intense players can only inspire one of the most intense at-home exercises there is. If you’re not familiar with the burpee, you’re lucky, but we’ll explain it to you. Start in a standing position, drop into a squat with your hands on the ground, kick your feet back into a plank, return your feet to the squat position, stand back up, repeat until you want to quit and never move again. For added difficulty, add a push up between planking and returning back to the squat, and don’t just stand-up, but jump! It should look like this. The more difficult version is certainly what Patrick Beverley would recommend.

Lou Williams: Bulgarian Split Squats

The NBA’s defending Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams is known for his dynamic scoring coming off the bench. His crafty ball-handling and quickness make him one of the most dangerous second-unit weapons in the league. We thought it appropriate to choose an exercise that works the legs, and uses a bench to represent Sweet Lou. For this exercise, take a shoulder-width stance in front of a bench (or a chair, or object of similar height) and place one leg back onto the structure. Engage your core, keep your shoulders back, lean slightly forward at the waist, and lower yourself down to the ground, bending at the knee. See it done here. Repeat with one leg until you feel like you can take anybody off the dribble, then switch legs and repeat again until you’re ready to break some ankles on your way to becoming a three-time Sixth Man of the Year.

Reggie Jackson: Golfer’s Pick Ups

Reggie Jackson was an excellent mid-season pick-up for the Clippers after his contract was bought out by the Detroit Pistons. In honor of that great move we have chosen this bodyweight exercise that will help strengthen your glutes, hamstrings, lower back and core while stretching your hip flexors. This exercise has about as much versatility as the Clippers bench! To perform the exercise, start from a standing position, then shift your weight to one leg. Then tilt forward from the hips, lifting your opposite leg straight behind you until your body is parallel to the floor. Reach toward the floor with your hand, as if picking up a golf ball. Like this. Repeat until your entire posterior chain has no glaring weak spots, just like the Clippers roster!

Landry Shamet: Push Ups

The smooth-shooting Shamet is a classic example of a young and skilled player with a very specific area where he can improve: his strength. Push ups are the classic, at-home, bodyweight movement that can be done to help improve total upper-body strength. The exercise will help strengthen the triceps, shoulders, and pectoral muscles while also working out the lower back and core. To perform them, get into a straight-arm plank position and lower yourself toward the ground before pushing yourself back up to the top position. You already know what it should look like. Make sure to use proper form, just like Shamet’s jumper!

Rodney McGruder: Inverted Rows

McGruder is a classic “3-and-D” player so for him we have chosen an exercise to help develop the classic, rounded, “3D” look to your shoulders by working out the often-ignored rear deltoid muscles. For this exercise, begin by lying on your back with a bar directly above your chest. Grab the bar using a wide grip and then pull yourself up toward the bar until your sternum is almost touching it. Just like this. Lower yourself back down until your arms are fully extended and repeat until your shoulders are as well-rounded as your game.

Terrance Mann: Man Makers

This intense, full-body workout was, yes, inspired by Terrance Mann’s surname. Puns aside, it’s guaranteed to make you sweat. For this, you’ll need a set of dumbbells for extra intensity. Start in a plank position with a dumbbell in each hand. Then perform a one-arm dumbbell row with each arm immediately followed by a push-up. You’re not done yet. After the push-up, jump your feet forward and stand up, bringing the dumbbells into position at your shoulders. Perform a squat and at the top, standing position, lift the dumbbells towards the ceiling. Watch it done here. Repeat as long as you can. After this exercise, you may want to take a seat on the bench yourself and grab some water.