Much like LeBron James, Chris Paul has been around the league for a long time. Many NBA stars spend a small fortune on professional trainers and state-of-the-art equipment to stay in shape, but for Paul, it’s just about knowing what works for your body.
Playing as an elite point guard, Paul often logs heavy minutes and gets banged up on the court. Over time, he learned that recuperating is very important, especially as he becomes older. Different bodies require different methods and CP3 found a haven in “foam-rolling,” a body massage that uses a lightweight foam cylinder.
“Every night before bed I’ll do a routine, and you can just feel such a huge difference when you get up,” Paul told Men’s Journal of foam-rolling in 2017. “I sound like an old man, but there’s a lot less aches and pains. I’ve had knee surgery, so I just do this all year-round…My wife knows, too, she’ll be in bed and I’ll sit there and stretch and foam-roll before I go to bed. It helps me sleep better, and it has really been integral to playing this long in the league.”
A tip from GH
A calorie and energy calculator suggests that at 37 years old, Paul should hover around 161 to 177 pounds. Surprisingly, “The Point God” never exceeded the limit as he was always more or less 175 pounds throughout his entire career.
According to Paul, as much as he knows how important to follow strict workout routines, his former teammate and NBA Hall of Famer Grant Hill taught him the importance of watching what he consumes. Paul said that Hill stressed how essential it is to pay more attention to diet than workouts as he gets older, and he could follow a simple rule to stay on track.
“The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve realized how much diet is a factor. It’s become the most important thing,” Paul revealed. “I didn’t really get as into my diet and nutrition until I came to Los Angeles. I played with Grant Hill, and he used to talk to me about the 70-30 rule, the 80-20 rule of how the big number is the foods you eat and the small number is the training and exercise.”
Having heard Paul’s secret to longevity, it wouldn’t be a shock if he continues to play at the highest level for the Phoenix Suns. And it’s not surprising to know that Grant Hill played a huge role in it.