Few players in the WNBA have the motor of Cappie Pondexter.
The reigning Finals MVP isn't only in terrific physical condition, with huge biceps
and cat-like quickness and agility on the court… She's also known for being
one of the league's most clutch players late in games, which requires both incredible
focus and remarkable stamina.
WNBA.com spoke recently with Pondexter to get her take
on how she stays healthy and in shape playing her demanding year-round schedule
Dot-com: So, Cappie, yesterday was an off day for you and the Mercury. How
do you work out on your off days during the season?
CP: "Usually I try to work on my footwork and take a lot of jump
Dot-com: What do you focus on during the offseason? Do things change?
CP: "I do cardio, but most of the time I like to do basketball-related
stuff, playing with the guys."
Dot-com: Really? Why do you play with the guys?
CP: "Because they are generally faster and quicker on the court.
It makes you become smarter on the court, so I like to play against them. They
are aggressive and keep my cardio going."
Dot-com: What is your favorite cardio exercise?
CP: "I like the (stationary) bike."
Dot-com: What about lifting weights? Are you big time into that as well?
CP: "No, I don't like lifting as much, just light stuff, usually
Dot-com: What is your favorite lower body exercise?
CP: "I like doing squats."
Dot-com: What about upper body?
CP: "It has to be the dumbbell bench press."
Dot-com: Is there one exercise you hate doing that you need to force yourself
CP: "Running long distance on a track. I really hate it, but I
know it is good for endurance so I have to force myself sometimes."
Dot-com: Is there a song or kind of music you like to listen to when you
are working out?
CP: "For me it doesn't matter as long as it's not slow. I can go
from soft rock, hard rock, hip hop, R&B, pop, whatever."
Dot-com: Are there any artists in particular who really get you going?
CP: "No, there's no artist in particular. I do like Creed, though.
I grew up on that in college. I like listening to Jay-Z, Nas, those kinds of
Dot-com: Is there a healthy meal or type of food that you like when you're
focusing on healthy eating?
CP: "I like breakfast. I love egg whites. I don't eat yolk. I hate
yolk. So in restaurants I ask for egg whites, and if they don't have them it
dampens my whole mood. I like bacon."
Dot-com: What is the biggest challenge for you fitness-wise?
CP: "Keeping my body fat percentage (low) has to be the biggest
Dot-com: How do you achieve that?
CP: "Cardio, eating smaller portions and making sure I am eating
Dot-com: Is there a fitness product on TV that you think is ridiculous and
makes you laugh?
CP: "Yes, when they have all these dietary supplements to help
you lose weight. I was in Walgreens the other day and they had something like
for $59.99 and to refill it, it was like $69.99. Are you serious? People try
to take the easy way out. But if you do it right and if it's going to stick,
it takes a while for you to get where you want to be. I think the best thing
is to do it the right way."
Dot-com: What advice would you give to a young basketball player who wants
to get in better shape to play?
CP: "The best thing is to push yourself to the limit. When you
think you are going hard, go a little bit more and work that hard everyday.
Because if you're not working hard, somebody else is."