Kobe Bryant - Retired NBA legend, Los Angeles Lakers
When he was at his peak, Bryant was the NBA's best overall scorer. Over the years Bryant bulked up with a regimen that combined Olympic lifts with track work. He shared his secrets for playing with the same intensity each time you hit the court.
"You want to make sure you go into the upcoming season in tip-top shape. My conditioning comes from running, whether it's on a track, on a field, or on the court itself just doing suicides or sprints. Whatever your program is, the key is to push yourself to a level where you're hurting. You can't gain conditioning without going through it. You're going to have to feel some pain, you're going to have to feel like your lungs are burning, that sort of thing."
"If you watch me train, it doesn't look like I'm overexerting myself. It's an everyday thing. You have to abide by your program religiously."
In the Gym
"During the season, I focus a lot on weight training, building up my strength level as the season progresses. Clean pulls, deadlifts, Romanian deadlifts, back squats, things of that nature. In the off-season, it's about getting stronger as well as more agile. Then, obviously, you want to get on the court and work on your skills. I shoot between 750 and 1,000 makes a day."