Warriors star Stephen Curry’s unique workouts that keep him in superstar form
The two-time MVP required two surgeries before he was able to return to the court, only to see the COVID-19 pandemic halt the season two days after he returned.
Since the Warriors had the worst record in the NBA before the season was suspended, Curry and Co. weren’t invited to Disney World for the season’s restart.
However, Curry and his team have used the downtime wisely. According to Warriors player development coach Bruce Fraser, Curry has a “different” training approach that could benefit his body immensely moving forward.
“When Steph was injured last year with his hand, we did something different,” Fraser told Ethan Strauss of The Athletic.
“The performance staff came up with a scientific way to get him in really good shape, using interval training. Then we applied the basketball drills. Steph felt like he was in such good shape and so sharp after that method that we decided to do it this summer. And then, Brandon Payne was thrown into the mix to add his touch. So, I would say those three parties constitute the macro scale. We’re all focused on using interval training plus what he’s done in the past.”
Curry will turn 33 next season. Although the Warriors would have rather seen him on the court this season, the time off may be a blessing in disguise for Curry since he played in five straight NBA Finals coming into 2019-20. The three-time champion could have fresher legs next season and possibly contend for his third MVP.
While Curry is starting to get up there in age, trainer Brandon Payne isn’t worried about any potential decline:
“He’s a young 32,” Payne said with a chuckle. “He’s jumping really well, moving really well. He’s perpetually in great shape from a cardiovascular standpoint. He’s not showing any signs at all of any sort of aging. He’s moving well, he’s getting stronger. He’s as bouncy and energetic in workouts as he’s ever been.”
With Stephen Curry leading the way in 2020-21, the Warriors are expected to be playoff contenders again. Klay Thompson will be back as well after missing the entire 2019-20 campaign.