As a five-time NBA All-Star, it’s safe to say Damian Lillard knows a thing or two about staying in shape. The Trail Blazer and rapper keeps his fitness game tight by “touching the hardwood” every day with a few essentials. We sat down with Dame as part of our Gym Bag video series to get his pro training tips and recommendations on everything you need for a day of working out on the court. From the right gym bag to a basketball (obviously) to a good pair of recovery shoes, consider this your official training day packing list.
Every workout day, whether at the gym or on the hardwood, requires the right gym bag. Lillard carries everything he needs in a simple black Adidas duffel. And the first thing to go into (and out of) it is a solid rock. Any regulation-sized Spalding will do. “Priority #1 is making sure that my game stays tight … and making sure I keep myself right. So, I gotta have the ball.”
For the right footwear, Dame naturally recommends his own Dame Certified Sneakers. Unlike other pricey co-branded kicks, his are purposefully designed to be affordable to everyone, from kids to adults. Lillard worked with Adidas on basketball shoe options priced as low as $61. Because “foot health is extremely important,” he also adds a pair of Move Game Day Pro Insoles to keep his feet comfortable and supported. (Don’t forget to cap off your training day look with a Dame Dolla Dad Hat too.)
He likes to wrap his workout days in the boxing ring. “I think the whole world knows that I’m a huge boxing fan. So I gotta keep my gloves with me. Most of my workouts—with my strength and conditioning—they end in the boxing ring.” It’s a great option for maintaining and improving hand-eye coordination too. A pair of classic Rival boxing gloves will do.
As a rapper and music lover, Lillard also needs the right bluetooth speakers on training day. “I gotta keep that music buzzin’, beatin’ out the speaker while I’m working out for motivation, just to feel good.” The Bose SoundLink Flex he carries is compact, portable, and loud enough to fill a court.
Lastly, every good workout needs a supportive recovery shoe. “After all this workout I put in, I gotta make sure that my feet are comfortable.” For that, Dame recommends the all-new Adidas Yeezy Foam Runners. “Like I’m floating … this cushion is different. Slip these on (and) I’m good all the way until I get to the house.”
The most important takeaway is that the right workout gear doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Everything Dame recommends—from his gym bag to his boxing gloves to his Move insoles—is affordable for everyone, even non-NBA pros.
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