Wade finished his eight-week program with trainer Tim Grover on Monday. The Heat’s starting shooting guard said the program was geared toward strengthening his legs to take pressure off of his knees. Wade had trouble with his knees in each of the last two playoffs and he’s hoping a different approach to offseason training can better prepare him for the long grind of an 82-game season.
Wade said the eight-week training schedule with Grover was broken down into stages “to focus on different areas of the body.”
“When you first start off, the whole thing was to build strength and take a lot of pressure off your knees,” Wade said. “So, you first start off high rep and then as you go on it’s lower reps and heavier weight. It’s a process and there were steps that you have to take to get to where he felt like I was ready to go.”
Wade said there is no plan in place heading into the regular season for scheduled rest days “no matter what stories out there say.”
“I want to play every game,” Wade said.
Wade’s on-again-off-again approach to the preseason has helped him remain healthy for the beginning of the regular season. The Heat’s first home-and-away back-to-back is on Tuesday and Wednesday, but Wade didn’t give any indication that he will be sitting out against the Philadelphia 76ers.
“Ideally I would like to play every game that we can play, so that’s my goal,” Wade said. “But when I go into the season and whether it’s practice or other things, I’m just going to be smart about it. Our coaches are very open to what I feel I need from my body from day to day.”