Skip to main content

”The things that we do, a normal person wouldn't be able to do” — Alonzo Mourning on Pat Riley's strict fitness rule for the Miami Heat

Even a guy like Alonzo Mourning had to work really hard to reach the standards Riley expects.
Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning

Alonzo Mourning

When the Boston Celtics eliminated the Miami Heat in the conference finals this past season, Pat Riley emphasized the need to “be in world-class shape.” Experts and fans may say other areas need improvement, but for Riley, peak fitness is the foundation of a winning organization

It has been proven

For those who don’t know, Riley has been implementing this strict fitness rule in Miami for decades, and former Heat center Alonzo Mourning confirmed it in a rare interview in 2006.

According to Zo, the Riley rule was true, and they had been religiously complying with it for years. In a nutshell, Mourning implied that it’s “above beyond” the average person’s workout, and it basically encouraged them to do cardio activities regularly.

We’re professional athletes so we go above beyond fitness,” Mourning pointed out. “The things that we do, a normal person, normal nine-to-five person wouldn’t be able to do on a regular basis.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Zo added that they had been burning calories through running and biking as it always gets the job done.

As long as you implement cardio activity three to four times a week in your regimen, I think that’s very beneficial. Whether it be riding a bike, which we do quite a bit… nothing can replace good old-fashioned running, just running on a treadmill… when it burns fat, it tones your muscle.

The Heat did not have a metric to determine whether Riley’s rule really had a positive effect during games. However, the fact that the Heat won the NBA title in 2006, the same year Mourning gave that interview, was enough for Riley to keep things as it is. Or maybe even intensify it.

Riley took it to a whole another level

A few seasons after winning a championship, the Heat went for a massive revamp that formed the legendary trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. And one of the things included in that bold plan was to intensify Riley’s rule. Jermaine O’Neal was another former Heat big man who confirmed it.

They wanted me to re-sign. I knew that Bron and them was coming, and this is the realest thing I could tell y’all: You know they got that 8% body fat [rule], that sh*t is serious. For a big guy, that’s heavy lifting,” O’Neal revealed.

It’s hard to tell whether Pat Riley’s fitness rule is the key to success. But what we are sure about is that it’s always good to have a fit and healthy physique.

Damian Lillard believes Seattle deserves an NBA team

Damian Lillard makes a strong pitch for the NBA to return to Seattle -“They definitely need a team here”

With fans flocking to watch Lillard and the Trail Blazers open their preseason action, Lillard said he believed it was time for the NBA top make its return to Seattle

Mike Malone believes Jamal Murray is back on track for the Denver Nuggets

“I’m excited to go prove myself again.” - Jamal Murray’s return will further the Denver Nuggets’ title ambitions

Jamal Murray is just happy to be back from injury, reiterates desire to prove himself again

North Carolina Tar Heels guard Michael Jordan vs. Indiana Hoosiers guard Dan Dakich

"Here’s what happened with that" — Dan Dakich on the story that he vomited after learning Michael Jordan was his assignment

Dan Dakich spills the real reason why he vomited before he faced Michael Jordan and North Carolina.

Miami Heat small forward LeBron James works the baseline against New Jersey Nets shooting guard DeShawn Stevenson

“We was both making a fool of ourselves” — Why DeShawn Stevenson apologized for beefing with LeBron James

Unlike most players, Stevenson evolved to see the bigger picture, and apologized to LeBron.