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Karl Malone's summertime workout regime was brutal and it didn't even involve basketball: "I don't touch the basketball in the summer"

Karl Malone breaks down what his summertime workout regime looked like where spent most of his time getting his body ready for the next season and rarely doing basketball-related drills
Karl Malone had a pretty unusual summertime workout regime

Malone's summertime workout was mostly focused on getting his body ready for the upcoming season

The summer is already here, which usually means most NBA players are using the time to either rest and recover from specific injuries they might have or actively work to improve their game. In addition, summertime is essential for any NBA player to enhance certain parts of their game or just prepare their body for the next season. Some players aim to build more muscle if their role involves battling in the paint more, while some are looking to get leaner if they want to develop speed and quickness.

A lot of focus on cardio 

The reality is everyone tailors their summertime workouts based on their goals, and some players are more diligent than others when it comes to improving every aspect of their game and their body. For the NBA legend Karl Malone, his workout regime was a bit distinctive because, according to him, he didn't even focus on basketball-related workouts but put a lot of effort into preparing his body, especially in the late stage of his career. 

In one of his older interviews, Malone broke down how his workout regime looks in the summer, and it all starts with cardio, where he would spend over 2 hours working on his conditioning and improving his stamina. 

"I've done up to two and a half hours of straight cardio - an hour of bike, an hour of Stairmaster, and maybe 30 minutes on the elliptical machine. I don't do any running." 

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Malone rarely touched a basketball in the summer

The most surprising thing about Malone's workout program is that he never touches a basketball in the summertime. However, he works out in the gym, lifting weights six days a week, and focusing on getting as many reps as possible.

"I don't touch the basketball in the summer. I work out six days a week. I like free weights. They give me more of a cut-up look. On light days, I go anywhere from 35 to 85 reps on the incline and decline press. And I like using the dumbells with the resistance ball."

Malone had one of the most impressive physiques in the NBA during his playing days, and if you look at some of his photos from those days, you would think he was not even a basketball player. The first association that comes to mind is either a football player or a bodybuilder because Malone had one of the most toned muscles in the NBA. He even shared that he usually worked his biceps with 60-65 pound dumbells and usually did around 100 reps. 

"On biceps, I never go above 60 or 65 pounds dumbells because I do so many reps. I might do 100 reps before I am done. I do sets of 10." 

Malone's dedication and hard work over the years made him one of the most consistent NBA players in the game's history. He was a force to be reckoned with even in the latter stages of his career, and that is one of the reasons why he is still the third leading scorer, only behind Kareem and LeBron, who surpassed him last season. On top of that, Malone always kept his body in great shape, which was the main reason why he rarely missed games and was highly respected among his peers as one of the toughest and strongest guys every time he stepped on a basketball court. 

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