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Yao Update: Interview with conditioning coach Falsone

http://www.nba.com/rockets/news/yao_dream_040824.html

FALSONE: The main objective was to work with Yao. Let me say first that Coach Van Gundy is diligent when it comes to offseason goals for the players. It is a priority in this system. We establish goals at the end of the season because when guys come back from the offseason for training camp, we want them to be a certain weight and have a certain percentage of body fat so that they don’t get out of control in the summer. We have due diligence with all of our players.
 

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http://www.nba.com/rockets/news/yao_dream_040824.html
http://www.nba.com/rockets/news/dream_II.html

ROCKETS.COM: So what kind of shape did you get Yao into while you were there? How’s he looking?

FALSONE: Well, he was 321 pounds in Dallas and at about 10-and-a-half percent body fat. Our goal for him at training camp is 310 pounds at 10 percent body fat, so his weight was high but his body fat wasn’t too bad. We had done some work with him and told him he needed to drop some weight in Dallas, so he knew what he needed to do and did his part as best he could. Then I got there and turned it up a notch – turned the oven up a little bit higher. I kept him active, watched his diet and had him biking every day – sometimes twice if we could. We were lifting every other day between basketball practices, too. When I left, he was 311 pounds at 9.3 percent body fat, so if he shows up today at training camp, his body fat goal is met. His weight – he has to lose another pound, but we had been lifting weights. But if a guys body fat is where it needs to be and he’s just a pound over, I’m pretty much going to take that as muscle weight, and I think coach understands that, as well.
A pretty long read, I just browsed the parts talking about Yao's training. Good to hear that JVG and the Rockets are trying to keep Yao healthy above everything else.

Edit: Anthony Falsone, not Al
 

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Originally posted by <b>Ming Bling</b>!
Merged :D
Yah I was wondering why this turned into your thread!
 
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