Dwight Howard is 6″11 and weighs 265 pounds, but he wasn’t always this powerful. Since he came into the NBA he has hit the weights hard and gotten much stronger. In fact, since his rookie year he has increased his bench press from 185 to 360. That is almost double!! So what is Dwight Howard’s workout routine? Let’s find out…
Dwight Howard has to give a lot of credit to his personal trainer, Joe Rogowski. Joe has given Dwight a workout routine that has helped him gain muscles mass and explosive power. Joe Rogowski does an excellent job at mixing up Dwight’s workout routine. One day he will lift very heavy weight to gain strength and power, the next he focuses on plyometrics routines for speed and agility. Below are a few of the key exercises that Joe has Dwight Howard perform…
Bench Press – Dwight mixes this up using the straight bar and dumbbells. Rogowski likes to have Dwight perform the pyramid routine. The pyramid he uses is 10-8-6-4-2.
Leg Press – Joe prefers to have Dwight use the leg press machine over free weight squats. Dwight has back hyperextension and Joe doesn’t want to put Dwight’s back at risk. The leg press machine is a safe exercise and it allows Dwight to go with very heavy weight.
The Perfect Push Up – One of Dwight’s favorite exercises is the push up. He performs many of his push up routines at his home. In fact, he integrates his push ups into video game sessions. For example, when he’s playing a boxing game (his favorite), Dwight does a set every time he knocks someone out. Role-playing game? Every time he dies, he pumps out as many push-ups as possible.
Dwight Howard has an impressive 39″ vertical leap. Joe Rogowski incorporates plyometric exercises and speed drills into Dwight’s workout routine as well. This keeps him flying above the rim so he can continue to throw down those impressive SUPERMAN DUNKS! A few of his favorite exercises to increase his vertical leap include box jumps, sprints and the jump rope.
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