NBA Personal Trainer Confesses Michael Jordan Got Bigger Biceps Just to Intimidate Opponents: “Were Just for Show and Didn’t Really Make Someone a Better Basketball Player”

Published 01/16/2022, 11:00 AM EST
Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 25, 2021 Michael Jordan watches the action by the 11th green during the Four-balls REUTERS/Mike Segar

NBA legend, Michael Jordan, dominated the league as a player in the 90s. NBA fans still adore the Chicago Bulls legend for his display of athleticism, physicality, and ingenuity on the basketball court. Rival players feared the sight of prime Jordan and the Bulls. Jordan’s trainer once revealed the Bulls star and his obsession with bigger biceps.

Jordan’s personal trainer Tim Grover discloses some of Jordan’s secrets to his incredible physique in his book ‘Winning’. Grover explained how Jordan developed an obsession for bigger biceps. Jordan wanted to intimidate his opponents, as many teams frequently bullied Jordan’s leaner frame during his early NBA career.

Grover said, “The theory was biceps were just for show and didn’t really make someone a better basketball player. And that was probably true. But we were going for that 0.0001 percent, which included the intimidation factor of his biggest, stronger, more dominant physique.”

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Chicago Bulls # 23 Michael Jordan sitting next to Bill Cartwright on the bench during the Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks game on May 14 , 1993 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)

Grover also discloses how he tweaked Jordan’s pregame meals. Players in that NBA era feasted on meals that were carbs heavy. Jordan benefitted from Grover adding a steak to the latter’s pregame meals. The steak helped Jordan slow down his digestion of the food that he ate.

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Michael Jordan and his physical dominance of the NBA

While Michael Jordan perhaps credits Tim Grover with helping him build his dominating physique, the Chicago Bulls talisman also used his natural talent to fuel his physical dominance against rivals in the NBA. Currently, the NBA and the sports world have made advancements in the fields of sports science and nutrition through the enhanced use of data and technology. Previously, players in the NBA used their physicality in duels.

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NBA fans remember Jordan as a scoring machine. His ability to drive to the basket helped the Bulls to push through games while still trailing against rivals. The Bulls’ belief in him in 1984 paid off in the form of Jordan leading them to six NBA titles.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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