For the fourth time within the final 5 seasons, Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double (that means his per sport common for factors, rebounds, and assists is within the double digits.) Oscar Robertson is the one different participant to have achieved this feat, and he did it as soon as, in 1962. Westbrook can be now simply three triple doubles shy of passing Oscar Roberston for essentially the most in NBA historical past. Breaking a document that till just lately was considered untouchable requires oodles of basketball expertise, and likewise Energizer Bunny ranges of power. Westbrook has each. At 32, he’s nonetheless taking part in greater than 35 minutes a sport, due to a dialed-in eating regimen and routine that entails wake-up push ups, much less sleep than you’d count on, hydrating with Flow Alkaline Water, and a pregame PB&J (two really) that he’s been having since highschool. GQ caught up with Westbrook to be taught what powers one of many NBA’s best gamers.
GQ: What time does your day often begin?
Russell Westbrook: Properly, on condition that I’ve little kids in the home, it begins fairly early. 6:30 or 7:00. That varies if I am in season, so that may change, however usually about 7:00 AM.
Was it later earlier than the children?
No, it was about the identical. I am an early chicken, I prefer to rise up early, get my day began early.
What’s the very first thing you often do within the morning?
Generally I do push-ups to wake my physique up. That is how I begin more often than not.
What number of push ups will you often do?
That varies too, based mostly on how lengthy I’ve been up that night time. However I attempt to knock out wherever between 25 and 50, get my blood stream transferring.
What number of hours of sleep are you aiming to get?
In all probability about 5 or 6. If I get greater than that, I am very grateful.
That is not a ton of sleep.
Yeah, , I really feel like once I sleep longer, I do not really feel the very best. Going nonstop, that is kinda how my life is. That is kinda how I perform.
Did you used to sleep longer?
I am going to get seven or eight hours of sleep each every now and then, however that is not my norm by any means. I’ve alway been form of like this: keep up late, however I am up early.
That is my favorite meal of the day, so I often eat a very huge breakfast. Fruit. Inexperienced juice, orange juice. Breakfast can fluctuate, I just about eat something: omelette, avocado toast, pancakes, waffles, hash browns.
Because the day progresses, what are you consuming for lunch and dinner?
Fish for lunch. Salad for lunch. Snacks I prefer to eat are peanuts, parfaits, yogurt, smoothies once I can. Dinner, plenty of veggies, pasta. Proper now I can solely eat fish, no meat for awhile.
Why solely fish?
I wished to alter up some issues. I wished to lose some weight, but additionally maintain my energy and physique collectively. So I’m attempting one thing new. Particularly all through the season, as I become old, I’ve to determine higher methods to maintain my physique in the appropriate form and wholesome, to have the ability to do what I wish to do, particularly whereas taking part in.
You are clearly nonetheless taking part in at an extremely excessive degree. It sounds such as you’ve needed to tweak your eating regimen and exercise to keep up that endurance as you have gotten older?
I would not say that is the case. I used to be high-quality earlier than, I simply wished to lose some weight as a result of I felt like I used to be too heavy. It was a private feeling for me. That was form of the one purpose behind it, truthfully.
You probably have a late sport, will you eat after?
It is powerful for me to eat after video games. I am going to eat once I can. I am going to do smoothies or shakes, simply to recuperate. It takes me some time to wind down, and eat. However finally I am going to get some meals in my system, for the following day.
Do you’ve any responsible pleasures relating to meals?
I’ve a variety of these! However I have not been capable of do it a lot now. I do know that I can cheat somewhat extra, simply due to my physique and what number of energy I burn. However yeah, I’ve a variety of these, I do not essentially make the most of it, particularly now through the season. I like sweet. Snacks. In all probability like everyone else. Desserts.
What’s your favorite sweet?
I really feel like folks divide sweet into classes: chocolate, after which fruit sweet, like Starburst, or Skittles.
I eat all of it. Bitter. No matter. It does not matter. Will depend on the temper I am in. I can at all times go for a Reese’s, Skittles, just about something. However I have not been consuming sweet in awhile. Each every now and then possibly I am going to seize one, however not as regularly as I used to be earlier than.
Is there something you do now that’s fairly very important to your routine that you just want you’d recognized about earlier in your profession?
what’s loopy is, I am fairly constant on my routine since I began taking part in, because it pertains to weight-reduction plan and timing, by way of what I eat. The one factor that I’d say I’ve realized extra about… [is] what I drink. Me being an envoy and associate in Stream, that was an vital factor, and having alkaline water and seeing the way it’s higher on your physique, for restoration, with the ability to use that. I like ingesting juice, however I do not drink hardly any juice, solely water just about all day. I am ingesting Stream all day lengthy simply to remain hydrated. That is form of the brand new factor for me, I would say.
Yup, standard, standard. [laughs]
Has it gotten any simpler, or nonetheless painful?
I’ve been doing it for thus lengthy, so I understand how to handle it, and the way a lot I would like and the way lengthy I have to be there. So it isn’t painful in any respect. It undoubtedly helps—in my legs, in my endurance.
How does your power degree now examine to 10 years in the past?
Fortuitously, I nonetheless have a variety of power. However that is why my eating regimen and the way I handle my physique could be very, crucial, due to how I play and the way I function. So to maintain this up for so long as I can, that is the primary purpose.
Given how onerous you go, what are some instruments you’ve for restoration?
I feel restoration relies on what you want—for me, I prefer to drink shakes and smoothies, peanut butter, however I like peanut butter. One thing to form of give me replenishment immediately. One thing that I’ve used for restoration.
What often goes in your shake or smoothie?
Peanut butter, some sort of protein. Banana. Nothing loopy. It is one thing that works for me.
Had been you at all times this intentional about your eating regimen and health? As a rookie, have been you eager about it this tough?
No, no, no. However I did not eat terribly both. I used to be by no means the man like, Aw man, I would like to ensure I eat this, I eat this fashion. I am fortunate and blessed to eat what I wish to eat, due to the way in which I play and what number of energy I burn. However clearly as you become old, you wish to be at an elite degree for a sustainable period of time, you need to do various things.
How did you be taught that? Seeing different guys?
Simply studying. You simply be taught and, like everyone else, do analysis, and do various things that come up that individuals assume are higher on your physique, what works for you, as a result of there are such a lot of issues that may very well be higher on your physique than others, so that you simply gotta work out what works on your personal private physique.
Do you turn up what you eat on sport days?
I eat the identical factor on sport days. That by no means modifications. I eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich—two of these—some fruit, simply plain pasta, no sauce.
How lengthy have you ever been doing that?
Since I used to be in highschool [laughs]. The pasta got here somewhat later. The PB&J has been like that since I been in highschool.
Do you bear in mind what bought you consuming it?
I similar to peanut butter. It creates a consistency on how your physique feels, that is a very powerful half. At the least for me, I understand how my physique goes to react to it, I understand how a lot I have to eat to really feel like I am in a very good place. A peanut butter and jelly, to me, holds on to your physique all through the sport—you do not really feel hungry and you do not really feel like you do not have sufficient power. It is one thing that works for me.
And what exercises are you often doing through the week, in season?
I do not raise a variety of weights. Much more motion. Stretching. Stability. Strengthening. That is form of the place I been all through the week, simply ensuring my physique is as much as tune, constantly engaged on issues that have to be labored on in order that I can carry out on the degree that I really feel like I am alleged to carry out at.
Final query: what takes extra power, getting all these triple-doubles or being a dad?
Dad. For positive. I do not thoughts that being extra power, as a result of that is the place my power have to be anyway [laughs].