Despite being criticized for his seemingly underwhelming maiden season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Russell Westbrook remains focused on improving his game. And no matter what naysayers say, Russ only listens to what his body tells him, and he’ll be the first to know if he’s already done.
The sand dune workout
Westbrook said he’s not getting any younger so he “wanted to lose some weight, but also keep my strength and body together.” According to a running calculator, a person of Russ’ weight could averagely burn 155 calories per mile when jogging. But Westbrook is burning more every offseason as he doesn’t only run on flat surfaces. Instead, he’s been running back and forth on sand dunes in the last eight years.
Westbrook has been doing a sand dune workout since his Oklahoma City Thunder days alongside Kevin Durant. He’s been doing it for so long that he learned how to manage the pain.
“I’ve been doing it for so long, so I know how to manage it, and how much I need and how long I need to be there,” Westbrook told GQ. “So it’s not painful at all. It definitely helps—in my legs, in my endurance.”
This coming season, Westbrook will be 34, and unlike when he was still in his 20s, his energy level has already declined. Nevertheless, Russ feels that his body can still perform at a high level. However, he’s putting more emphasis on his longevity at this point.
“Fortunately, I still have a lot of energy,” he revealed. “But that’s why my diet and how I take care of my body is very, very important, because of how I play and how I operate. So to keep this up for as long as I can, that’s the main goal.”
What to expect from Russ this season
As expected, the Lakers constantly made headlines once again throughout the summer. Changes have been made following the very disappointing 2021/22 season. This includes reports stating debuting Lakers head coach Darvin Ham will be appointing Westbrook as an off-the-bench player.
Whether it’s true or not, Russ seems to have no issues with a reduced role this coming season. In fact, he is already brimming with confidence and optimism as early as now.
“There’s so much optimism on how we can be great, how AD, LeBron, myself -- can be unstoppable in my opinion,” Westbrook said.
Will we finally witness a dramatic change in Westbrook’s game this season? Let’s wait and see.