FOUR PACKS SCOURS FOR EXAMPLES OF FIT OGGIES, IN THIS CASE MICHAEL FINLEY, 35, OF THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS…35 IN THE NBA AT SHOOTING GUARD IS OVER 40 FOR THE REST OF US…MICHAEL HAD TO REALLY APPLY HIMSELF TO GET BACK INTO BASKETBALL SHAPE AND HE DID IT THROUGH AN APPLIED PHYSICAL FITNESS REGIMEN, SURE, BUT THE DIET WAS KEY…MULTIPLE MEALS OF WHOLE FOODS..
“Physical fitness aside, Finley changed his diet completely. More salads, lean meat, fruits and vegetables. No fried food, desserts, sugary items and Tex-Mex, and limited red meat. Now, he eats 4-5 smaller meals per day.”
Finley, 35, started working out just two days after the Spurs bowed out of the Western Conference finals. He went back home to Chicago and straight to Tim Grover, a sports enhancement specialist at Attack Athletics who has worked with the likes of Michael Jordan and Dwyane Wade. Along with pickup games, Finley went through muscle-activation training, massages and therapy to recharge his body. Grover noticed a dip in Finley’s lateral movement, so they concentrated on the flexibility in his hip area to improve his mobility.
Physical fitness aside, Finley changed his diet completely. More salads, lean meat, fruits and vegetables. No fried food, desserts, sugary items and Tex-Mex, and limited red meat. Now, he eats 4-5 smaller meals per day.
Finley was 235 pounds at the end of last season and has now dropped to 220, the lightest he’s been since his days in Dallas.
“I feel lighter, I feel better,” he said. “I just want to be prepared physically and mentally. Mentally, knowing that the opportunity of playing more minutes will be there, and I just want to be prepared at that task. Physically, I wanted to be in the best shape that I could be.”
The proof is in the pack, as in six-pack. Finley looks svelte and strong. Not bad for the 10th-oldest player on an NBA roster.
“Unbelievable,” said Grover of Finley’s work ethic. “He is one of the strongest and most dedicated clients I’ve had.
“Right now his body compares to a 30-year-old. Barring any serious injury, he can easily give the team 30 minutes if needed.”
Though the younger perimeter players such as Ime Udoka and Roger Mason likely will see an increase in minutes with Ginobili out, it’s also likely that Finley will fill a similar role to a year ago.
Last season, Finley started 61 of 82 games. He averaged 10.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 26.9 minutes. He was especially effective from deep, sinking 37 percent of his 3-pointer attempts, making 132, the second most in his career.