As part of a series with Red Bull called “The Crossover,” in which L.A. Clippers star Blake Griffin explores various types of cross training across multiple sports, Griffin recently trained with 100-meter dash world champion Carmelita Jeter.
“I want a long and healthy career. I want to be quicker, stronger, and I want to be a leader,” Griffin said. “I know that if I am going to take myself to where I want to go as an athlete and a person, I have to look at all my training options. The usual practice just isn’t enough. I want more of an edge over my opponents. Cross training is so important because I can improve myself and have a lower impact on my body.”
“Blake’s a powerful . . . big guy,” said Jeter. “So what we wanted to work on today was power steps and getting that first step to be powerful for the second step. That’s where you get your momentum from.”
A three-time Olympic medal winner, Jeter owns three of the top 10 fastest 100-Meter Dash times ever run. She leads Griffin through a series of exercises emphasizing sprinting mechanics and form, instructing him to “stay tall” and encouraging an “up and out” mentality and motion with his legs. She tells him to keep his eyes level and control his arm swing from “chin to pocket.”
“I got everything I wanted out of this training session,” Griffin said after the workout. “It’s really about speed, pretty straightforward. But at the same time, as an athlete, you think you know how to run and you think running is not something you have to really concentrate on. But when you get down to it and you get with somebody who, running is their sport, you can definitely pick up a lot of things.”
Also in his “Crossover” experience, Griffin worked on endurance and footwork by playing Handball and tested his MMA skills with Donald “The Cowboy” Cerrone.