Ed Downs, the personal trainer for new Warriors acquisition Corey Maggette, will appear Thursday on “View from the Bay” on KRON (Ch. 4). His Downs Discs are part of a core exercise program used by NBA stars, including ex-Warrior Baron Davis and Utah’s Carlos Boozer.
How does Corey Maggette look at this stage? He’s ready. He’s in better shape than he was at this time last summer, all-around. My goal was to teach him how important core weight training is.
Why is that? He’s [6 feet, 6 inches tall] and going to the [basket] all the time. A strong center [of the body] will help stabilize his body for all the bumps and bruises he will get driving down the lane.
What were his goals this summer? He wanted to get all-around better. He and Boozer are really close friends [both played at Duke].
How were his workouts? He wanted it. All of the guys in the NBA work hard, but only some guys want to be the All-Star player and he wants to have that and a long career.
Can you sum up the Downs Discs in one sentence? I would say it gives you a total-body workout in a fraction of the time.
How much time? In 30 minutes, I can do a total-body strengthening routine — upper body and abdomen. Guys are worn out at the end. They do it three to four times a week.