When describing his approach to basketball, Dwight Howard says, “I just want to dunk it real hard and rip down the whole goal. I love snatching rebounds, too.”
With a mindset like that, no wonder Dwight is the most dominant big man the game has seen in decades. Although he’s nearly seven feet tall, Dwight possesses the quickness and coordinated power usually reserved for high-flying guards and small forwards.
Watch video of Dwight Howard’s muscle-building workout for basketball
In game one of the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals, Dwight came close to his goal of dismantling a hoop when he destroyed a shot clock with a monstrous dunk.
Magic strength coach Joe Rogowski helped make that freakish ripping ability possible by prescribing the Lat Pulldown. “This is one of the main rebounding exercises Dwight does,” Rogowski says, “When you’re getting close to 20 boards a game, you have to be strong with your upper body, pulling down. This also counter-balances any chest exercises we do that day.”
- Sit on Lat Pulldown machine and grip bar overhead, slightly wider than shoulder width
- Without rocking back, pull bar down in front until it touches upper chest
- Allow bar to rise back to start position until arms are straight
- Repeat for specified reps