NBA players are some of the best conditioned athletes in the world and they work year-round to maintain their physique. Throughout the 2001-02 season, will take an inside look at workouts from the league's 29 teams, including fitness and nutrition tips for the weekend warrior in all of us. Feel the burn!

Lamar Odom works his quads while Clippers strength coach Johnny Doyle monitors his progress. Photo by
The Clippers are one of the youngest, most athletic teams in the league and their offensive repertoire tends to go well above the rim with an array of acrobatic dunks. The team's strength and conditioning coach, Johnny Doyle, keeps their legs strong with an intense lower body weights regimen.

Forward Lamar Odom is especially concerned about keeping his lower body strong. Already on the injured list with a sprained ligament in his right wrist, Odom then sprained his ankle at a Clippers shootaround. So he's faced with the difficult task of letting his ankle heal, while maintaining strength in his legs.

"This workout is important for a variety of reasons," Doyle says. "By strengthening and maintaining his lower body, Lamar helps to improve his post-up game and combat tendinitis in his knees and quads."

The following Odom's lower body workout.

NOTE: This workout is designed for a professional basketball player. Please consult your physician before embarking upon any fitness regimen.

Exercise Details Doyle Explains
Leg Press Bilateral 3 sets, 15 reps "This exercise is important as it works Lamar's glutes, hamstrings and quads. It helps him keep his legs strong enough to deal with the rigors of the season."
Single Leg Presses 3 sets, 10 reps "This is a great exercise as it isolates Lamar's quad muscles to help combat tendinitis."
Hamstring Curls 3 sets, 8 reps
Single Leg Short Arc Quads 3 sets, 10 reps
Bilateral Knee Extensions 3 sets, 10 reps
Single Leg Step-ups 2 sets, 10 reps "It is important to do these exercises correctly. They are the best defense against quadriceps tendinitis."
Glute/Hamstring 3 sets, 10 reps "In the post, your success is obviously dependent on your legs. If you don't maintain and build strength in your lower body and core (abdominal area), it makes life in the paint much more difficult."
Abdominal Workout

Doyle makes sure Odom uses proper form on his single leg presses. Photo by

Odom goes face first for his hamstring curls. Photo by

Special thanks to Johnny Doyle and David J. Callanan for flexing their muscles to provide the Clippers' workout regimen.