Luka Doncic said cardio and strength training helped improve performance

    • Luka Doncic said cardio, weight training and diet changes helped improve his performance.
    • Doncic said he was due to lose weight in December and has reportedly lost over 20 pounds since then.
    • Cardio and strength training are effective weight loss methods when combined, experts say.

Luka Doncic said he improved his performance on the court by incorporating more cardio and strength training into his workouts, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The 23-year-old Dallas Mavericks star reportedly weighed around 260 pounds — 30 pounds heavier than his listed playing weight of 230 pounds — in December, according to Sports Illustrated. That same month, Doncic said he needed to lose weight and improve his conditioning during a press conference after a loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

During a recent interview on Texas sports radio station 96.7 The Ticket, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Doncic used the criticism as motivation to get in shape and improve his overall performance.

“He didn’t like being called out for his weight and stuff, and he finally clicked that there was a level of discipline required,” Cuban said.

Doncic reportedly dropped his weight to around 240 by the end of January, ESPN reporter Tim McMahon said during an interview on the Lowe Post podcast on Jan. 31.

Since then, Doncic has been one of the NBA’s leading scorers with 33 points per game and earned his third All-Star Game appearance.

Cardio and strength training are effective weight loss methods when combined, according to trainers

Doncic told the Dallas Morning News that he started doing more cardio and weight training to build endurance and strength, in addition to changing his diet.

Combining cardio with strength training is a more effective way


method than just doing one of the two, personal trainer Ben Carpenter previously told Insider’s Rachel Hosie.

“A lot of people start doing cardio because they want to lose body fat, but unless you’re doing a really heavy workload, cardio doesn’t burn a huge amount of calories,” he said. he declares. “And for at least a subset of people, it increases appetite disproportionately to the number of calories burned.”

Still, cardio workouts like running, biking, swimming, and even walking can help promote weight loss when combined with healthy eating habits and strength training.

Strength training can help promote weight loss by engaging the legs, back, core and arms, which burns more calories than cardio workouts, said Noam Tamir, Founder and CEO of TS Fitness, to Gabby Landsverk of Insider.

Strength training also helps the body burn calories after the workout is over, competitive weightlifter Sarah Carr previously told Insider.

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