Looks like Victor Wembanyama is already in the lab getting his strength up.
Although there are high expectations for the French basketball player in the NBA, the transition comes with more demanding physical requirements.
Despite standing at 7’5″ and weighing reportedly 230 pounds, Wembanyama’s training regimen has not focused on bulking up, but rather on gradually building strength.
Guillaume Alquier, the strength and conditioning coach for Metropolitans 92, has been responsible for preparing Wembanyama for the NBA.
In an interview with ESPN’s Jeremy Woo, Alquier explained the 19-year-old’s training routine.
Instead of rapidly gaining weight, which could negatively impact his motor control, knees, and joints, they aim to build strength in a careful manner.
You can see a viral video of Victor working out:
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Building strength in the legs is crucial for generating force in basketball, enabling him to play inside, defend, and post up effectively.
Additionally, core activation and preventive measures to maintain good health throughout the season are prioritized.
Thanks in part to Alquier’s training, Wembanyama had an impressive 2022-23 season with Metropolitans 92, demonstrating his skills by averaging 21.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 3.0 blocks per game while shooting 47.0 percent from the field and 27.5 percent from beyond the arc.
We’ll see if it translates to the NBA.