“His Wife Likes It”: Bodybuilding Helped Magic Johnson Bust Huge Myth Around Bulking for NBA Players

Published 12/11/2022, 9:10 AM EST

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Reporters and cameras swarmed the small press room. Magic Johnson stood tall in a suit amidst this chaos and made a life-changing decision. He disclosed his HIV diagnosis while also instantly retiring from the ball game. However, much to the surprise of many, Johnson made a comeback in 1996. What fans expected was a rusty performance. But in turn, they saw Johnson in sublime form with 55 points and 19 assists. The legend of Magic had returned but the world wasn’t aware of the trials and tribulations of his journey. In an interview with AP News, Johnson’s friend and bodybuilder opened up about Johnson’s journey while also busting a myth.

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Following his HIV diagnosis, Magic Johnson’s routine was filled with good amounts of rest and workouts. Eggs, sugar-free snacks, and turkey sausages replaced his portion of nachos. Additionally, his workout regime included weights, 700 situps, and a jog. This was paired with basketball drills on the court. When Johnson realized he could potentially get back on to the court, his drills on the court intensified. While the 5-time NBA Champion focused on beating the odds, he also broke myths in the basketball community, leaving his wife extremely impressed.

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Magic Johnson broke a myth, leaving his wife impressed

Amidst getting in sync with his new routine, Johnson’s friend and bodybuilder Marchell Henry stated that it took some time for the three-time MVP to start weightlifting which gave Johnson more power and agility on the court. This led to the breaking of the myth that consumed the NBA Players’ community. Henry explained that the players feared weightlifting because they believed it would hamper their basketball skills.

However, Johnson had set an example. He said, “If they lift a lot of weight, they’d get tight and it would affect the jump shot … they’d get too bulky and most players like to be fluid.″ However, the myth was now squashed.

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The Los Angeles Lakers‘ legend weightlifting also helped him build on confidence. He also started feeling good about himself and his looks. This was an aspect that Johnson’s wife Cookie heavily appreciated. Henry said, “He (Johnson) told me Cookie (his wife) likes it, too.″

In the thick of this time, Johnson’s HIV didn’t hinder the process of getting fit. Supposedly, the doctors had given a green signal to Magic Johnson’s fitness regime. After years of hard work, the three-time NBA Finals MVP left the world stunned with his comeback and physique. Thereby continuing to be an inspiration for many.

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Shriya Rajachandra

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Shriya Rajachandra is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. She earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism, Psychology, and Communicative English. Shriya previously interned at The New Indian Express, but her favorite journalist, Marcus Thompson motivated her to start writing about basketball.
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Jayant Chhabra

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