Working Out with Rebekkah Brunson

Sacramento's Rebekkah Brunson earned her first All-Star selection in 2007.
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Sacramento's Rebekkah Brunson is a player that can bruise her opponents in the low post and burn them on the fast break. That's what makes her so dangerous and one of the most promising up-and-coming stars in the WNBA.

Even though Brunson seemingly burst onto the WNBA scene out of nowhere last season, success didn't happen overnight. To the contrary, the realization of her potential was the culmination of years and years of hard work on the court, as well as dedication off it.'s Mark Bodenrader talked with Brunson about the fitness regimen that helped her achieve those goals and make her a cornerstone of the Monarchs' new regime.

Q: What’s your favorite exercise for the lower body? What results does this exercise help you achieve?

BRUNSON: “I hate lower body workouts, actually. That is a great question (laughs). I think for my lower body I just try to do as much running as I can, and do as much pool as I can. Swimming a lot really helps with my lower body. I try not to do too much pounding. I really don’t want to be bottom heavy so I don’t do much lifting. But I do a lot of swimming and a lot of running.”

Q: How about upper body?

BRUNSON: “I like curls, buddy curls… anything to help my triceps. I’m not too much of a bench person.”

Q: What’s your favorite cardio exercise?

BRUNSON: “Swimming.”

Q: How do you work out on your off-days during the season?

BRUNSON: “I just come in and try to do a little bit of shooting. I don’t do too much running on my off-days, or too much pounding. I just try to do some post workouts. Nothing major.”

Q: What do you do to stay in shape during the offseason?

BRUNSON: “Ha. There is no off-season. So… there it is.”

Q: What’s your toughest fitness challenge?

BRUNSON: “Getting on something like the treadmill does not work for me. I cannot stay focused long enough to get a workout in.”

Q: Is there a fitness/exercise goal that you’ve set for yourself that you are working towards now?

BRUNSON: “I was trying to gain a little weight. I did that. That was the biggest thing for me. I’m very light in the post, so I try to do what I can to gain weight, and that just comes from lifting and trying to put on some muscle mass.”

Q: Is there a fitness accomplishment you are most proud of?

BRUNSON: “I’m proud of where I am as far as my cardio is concerned right now. I’m not getting tired and that comes from working hard and putting everything you have into every practice and making sure that when game time comes, you’re not fatigued. So, you know, I’m good with that right now, so I’m proud.”

Q: Is there one exercise that you hate doing and have to force yourself to complete?

BRUNSON: “The bike. It’s not for me. I can’t focus when I just sit there pedaling. I want to get up and I want to do something.”

Q: What advice would you give someone who wanted to get into better shape for playing basketball?

BRUNSON: “Just push yourself. Even when you’re taking the necessary steps, sometimes you want to give up, or you don’t want to push through and you want to coast. Just push yourself every time you step on the court, every time you step on the treadmill if that’s what you do, every time you bike it if that’s what you do. Just push yourself to the max.”

Q: How would you describe the role of fitness and exercise in your life?

BRUNSON: “It’s definitely important, not just for my career because that’s evident. It’s important just to be healthy. You want to get great eating habits and exercise habits when you’re younger so when you’re older it’s not difficult to try to get into what you need to do.”

Q: Is there a song or a type of music you like to listen to while you’re working out?

BRUNSON: “It’s funny because you’d think that people would listen to some upbeat stuff while working out, but I listen to R&B when I’m working out. If I can sing along, then I’m good (laughs).”

Q: Is there a fitness product on TV that makes you laugh the most?

BRUNSON: “They’re all pretty comical. You have these ab machines. You have these women on… They’re all funny, actually. It’s such a gimmick. But if the people in the commercial get you motivated…”

Q: Is there a certain food or meal that you like to eat before games or a favorite healthy snack?

BRUNSON: “I love that granola. But there’s really nothing specific that I eat. I just try not to eat a lot of fried food or anything like that. So possibly some pasta. Maybe some chicken and some rice.”

Q: When did you start working out and when were you in the best shape of your life?

BRUNSON: “I’ve always been a workout person, but right now I think that I’m in great shape. I’m just going to try to maintain what I’m doing right now and work from there.”

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