Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has found a new way to train. The six-year NBA veteran is tired of running suicides and performing other typical basketball drills, so he has switched up his training regimen to help him stay in shape for next season.
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Cousins has a lot on his plate. Besides his usual off-season training, he is preparing for the Olympics in Rio, where he will be a part of the Team USA basketball team. So what has he been doing differently to stay in shape?
Boogie has taken up boxing. The two-time All-Star says he wanted something fresh and he picked up boxing and it just stuck. You can see him performing some boxing drills and hear what boxing means to him in the videos below.
But boxing isn’t the only new workout Cousins has picked up. He’s also doing hot yoga. If you are unfamiliar with it, hot yoga is yoga practiced in an environment where the temperature is typically over 95 degrees. According to ESPN, Cousins has been going to Vegas Hot! where the room is set at 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity.
“It’s just that feeling of your body detoxing every workout, so that’s one thing. I feel a lot lighter on my feet. Of course I’ve slimmed down. I’m a lot more flexible, a lot more mobile, so it’s all coming together for me,” Cousins told ESPN.
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With his new workouts, Boogie plans to improve his game next season. In some of his Instagram posts below, he is still working on improving his outside shot and his ball handling skills. Last season, Cousin’s three point shooting reached an all-time high of 33 percent.
Cousins is already one of the NBA’s most versatile big men, but if he keeps this up, he will become a constant threat from everywhere on the court.