Moose Weekes, Harlem Globetrotters Star, Discusses His Weekly Training Routine [VIDEO EXCLUSIVE]
Harlem Globetrotter Alex “Moose” Weekes sat down with uSports for an exclusive interview in which he discussed his weekly training regimen, among other things.
Harlem Globetrotter Moose Weekes on his training routine
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Weekes began in a rather unexpected and funny way: by revealing that his hair, which he kept as an afro for the interview, is the first thing that he always makes sure looks great.
“First I get up and train my hair, because it likes to do what it wants,” said the 6-foot-8 basketball star with a smile. “Next, I always try to hydrate in the morning because that’s another thing with the hair, which definitely increases my sweat.”
Weekes, who is know for his high-flying dunks, said in an interview with the Gwinnett Daily Post in 2015 that he hasn’t had short hair “since about the eighth grade.” He earned his nickname because his giant hair sometimes looks like a pair of antlers.
The 32-year-old forward, who led the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders in blocks as a freshman, also broke the college’s record for most blocked shots in a game with eight. During his time in college — from which he graduated in 2005 — Weekes studied wellness and exercise science and enjoyed training other athletes, so fitness is clearly important to the Globetrotter.
Weekes then went on to describe his typical workout routine and how he generally ensures his body remains healthy. The forward, who signed a full-time contract with the Globetrotters in 2012, explained that the team — which travels very frequently — doesn’t always stay in hotels that provide the best training facilities, so he must often adapt to the circumstances.
“I always try to get a good stretch and foam roll in before practice, Weekes said. “It’s difficult sometimes when we’re on the road because you don’t always get a hotel with a great weight-lifting facility, so you have to make those adjustments. That’s also where the health and wellness kicks in, that I know what to do with what I’ve got.”
The towering player is on the road a lot, indeed. From 2012-2015, Weekes played with the Globetrotters in 23 different countries — including North Korea — as part of the team’s international tours.
“If it’s just a plyometric workout, I’m just doing pushups and sit-ups, that’s what I’ve go to do,” Weekes said. “If I can get in there with some dumbbells, I’ll do that. I also travel with my speed latter.
“There’s all sorts of things you can do, and not just for your body, but just trying to find different ways to warm up, especially as we get later into our season or tour,” he finished by saying.
Weekes’ other pre-game habits include drinking coconut water and eating bee pollen.
LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 12: Alexander ‘Moose’ Weekes #45 of the Harlem Globetrotters performs before an exhibition game against the World All-Stars at the Thomas & Mack Center on February 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)