As a center in the NBA, one would think they would have to put on some muscle to battle the likes of bruisers such as Dwight Howard, Nene, and Marc Gasol. Well maybe not for San Antonio Spurs' Tiago Splitter.
Splitter, who is in London for the 2012 Olympics playing for Team Brazil, was filmed hitting the weight room and pumping out some iron on the bench press. But for a guy listed at 6-11, 232 pounds, you would think he would be tossing up some major weight in anticipation of going against some big guys in the Olympics basketball tournament. Right?
Check out Tiago on the bench press pushing up a measly 135 pounds including the bar weighing in at 45 pounds.
OK I get it, maybe he doesn't want to bulk up and want to be more of a fluid and quick center. But considering the Spurs do not have a dominant, physical presence in the paint next to Tim Duncan, I would hope Splitter would be adding some size considering San Antonio is looking for a physical center.
What do you have to say Spurs fans? Think you can out-bench Splitter?
Sure, Splitter is not the ideal big but he made improvement over last year. As for as dunking, he just does not have any hops. It is what it is. The Spurs are loaded guards, so I'm sure they will get another big.
That's about right. Tiago gets pushed around and thrown around like a rag doll when he's on the court. He has no strength. He pump fakes every time he has the ball, never dunks it like the (almost) 7 footer that he is. The guy is an extreme disappointment.
What ever the case, Splitter had complete control of the weights. What I've seen of Splitter on the court, his strength is not an issue, it's his free throws that I'm concerned about.
well as easy as it looked im guessing he was either just warming up or he was doing more reps vs going for power. lighter weight/more reps builds functional strength. i dont think he needs to bulk up so doing 305 isnt needed.
Dude, that's just a small snippet of Tiago's workout. That could have been just a warm up set. And out of curiosity, can you bench 135lbs as easily as Splitter. Considering you are probably more of an armchair ciach than an actual baller I am sure the answer is NO.