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My workout: Leon Powe

aram boghosian for the boston globe/Globe Freelance


Since you retired from pro basketball, how do you stay in shape?

First, I try to eat right. Second, I go to the Celtics practice facility three to four times a week. I’ll start by running up-and-backs, then do spot shooting drills. If I bring along a friend, we’ll do some motion drills at a little faster pace. After working up a good sweat, I’ll stretch. Then it’s into the weight room to work on my arms or legs: step-ups, arm curls, bench press, ab work, different stuff. Sometimes I’ll finish by riding a bike for a while.


What’s your goal here?

Mainly to stay around my playing weight, which was 240, 245. Right now I’m at 255, so I’ve got to keep working at it. Once you stop playing, you can’t get too heavy.

How do you schedule workout time?

I like doing it later at night — maybe 10, 11 o’clock — when nobody else is in there, usually. I can play my music and not bother anybody. I might not finish until 2:30 a.m. But I’m more of a night person anyway.

You spend summers in California. Do your workout routines change?

Out there I mostly do beach workouts with my buddies. Jogging, jumping jacks, squats, push-ups, pull-ups. Then we’ll go play some hoops.

When you hang with other ex-NBA players, do you talk about aging and staying in shape?

What you’re really working toward is long-term health. And staying alive. All retired athletes know the healthier you are, the better your chances of staying alive. You’re not getting ready to compete with another player in a game situation. You’re competing with life now.


Interview was edited and condensed. Joseph P. Kahn can be reached at josephpkahn@gmail.com.