Blake Griffin On The Super.Fly 2017

Blake Griffin On The Super.Fly 2017

Blake Griffin SuperFly 2017

Blake Griffin is constantly challenging himself. His career has been full of highlight reel plays and individual accolades, but he’s still pushing for more. He’s not satisfied yet – and he’s got his eyes set on a championship.

Off-season roster changes have Griffin facing an even bigger role in the 2017-18 season. To reach basketball’s pinnacle, Griffin knows he’ll have to rise to a new level and shine as the go-to player when it matters the most.

Now, he’s issuing that same challenge to you. Griffin challenges Eastbay readers: “Be the player your team counts on in big moments.”

Will you rise to the challenge? Basketball season is a few months away still, but Griffin knows preparation is key to success. He also knows he’ll need the proper tools to get the job done. Check out the Q&A, where Griffin went in-depth on one of his most important tools: the Jordan Super.Fly 2017.

What design feature do you like most in the Super.Fly 2017?

Jordan Super.Fly 2017

“My biggest thing in a shoe is the support, the durability, and the responsiveness of the shoe. In other words, not feeling like you’re wearing a shoe, but that the shoe is just a part of you. Year after year, I think the Super.Fly continues to get better in all of those areas. I think the responsiveness of the shoe is as good as it’s been – the way it fits your foot, the comfort. The best shoe is the one you don’t feel like you’re actually wearing, and this is the shoe that nails that.”

What’s your favorite part of the shoe?

Jordan Super.Fly 2017

“My favorite part of the shoe this year is definitely the technology on the bottom. I think with all the contact we make with the ground, with all the jumping we do and the hard cuts, you put a lot of wear and tear on the sole of the shoe. Any time a shoe is durable enough to take all that wear and tear, but at the same time moves well and doesn’t slip, that’s always a plus. This shoe has been great for all of that.”

So since this is your shoe, what’s your favorite colorway of the shoe?

Jordan Super.Fly 2017

“My favorite colorway so far is the blue and red colorway with the red Jumpman logo and everything else is blue. It’s like this material that nobody really knows what it is. From afar it looks different than it does up close, so I like to keep people guessing.”

And with your versatile style of play, what characteristics or technologies does your shoe need for you to be at the top of your game?

Jordan Super.Fly 2017

“I think, for me personally, all of the characteristics of a shoe are tough to get in. I mean, you’re talking about having a durable shoe that is lightweight, which is a little bit contradictory for a person that weighs a lot, jumps a lot, and is moving around a lot. It’s tough to get all those qualities, so having those two things in a shoe is always a must. And like I said, year after year I keep noticing the Super.Fly gets better in those two specific areas. I always think, ‘Okay, well, this year it will probably be the most lightweight and durable and supportive it can get,’ and then somehow the next year it ends up better.”

What technologies in the Super.Fly 2017 help you when you’re above the rim and being explosive with your crazy dunks?

“I think, for me, it’s the cushioning. Just being up in the air and jumping so much, the cushioning is big. Constantly going for rebounds, constantly in the paint trying to get up, the repetitive jumping over and over, that takes a toll after 82 games in a season. Then you have the playoffs, and not to mention the preseason and all that, so having a shoe that is forgiving and allows you to be a little bit fresher each time is great. You need a shoe that keeps your feet fresh and takes a little bit of that load off. I think this shoe does that with the amount of cushioning it has, along with every other feature.”

What do you look for in the underfoot feel for a shoe. Is it resiliency? Is it bounce? What are you looking for when it comes to that?

“For the most part, in the underfoot of a shoe, I’m looking for the resiliency of being able to take that load off. I’m a bigger player. At least 250 pounds. And every game, I need a shoe that’s able to bounce back with me and give me a little bit of help. I think that’s one of the main things I look for. Just giving me that cushioning and support, but also giving me a little help at the same time.”

What is your reaction to being one of the first people to test the new React Cushioning?

“The first thing I think you notice about this shoe right away is the cushioning. The React Cushioning on the bottom, the responsiveness of it, just kind of goes along with you and aides you in making that move. It doesn’t feel like it’s a shoe where it only helps with straight forward running or side-to-side movement or jumping. It’s a combination of all those things. I think that’s tough to do – to be able to fit all that in a shoe – so definitely the React technology is something that jumps out at you right away.”

Read our full breakdown of the new Nike React technology here.

And finally, what’s your all-time favorite Jordan?

“Favorite Jordan shoe of all time has to be the Space Jam 11s.”

Only At Eastbay

The first Jordan Super.Fly 2017 colorways are available now. Eastbay will have 11 colorways this season. The Super.Fly 2017 retails for $139.99.

Jordan Super.Fly 2017

WearTester Review

Need an unbiased opinion? Our friends at WearTesters recently reviewed the Super.Fly 2017. Watch the video below to get to see what they thought of the shoe.

The Blake Griffin Workout

The Blake Griffin Workout

Blake Griffin

Courtesy of STACK.com

Blake Griffin’s explosive hops and intimidating physique might lead you to believe he’s all about lifting heavy weights and performing countless squat jumps. While he does his fair share of lifting and plyometrics, the bulk of his training consists of full-body cardiovascular workouts and exercises that force him to control his own body weight.

The result of this style of training is a ripped, high-flying monster dunk champion. Try Griffin’s workout below to see what it can do for you.

Pool Work

Lung Busters

Swim one length of the pool only taking a breath after seven strokes. Swim back doing the same. Repeat for 6-10 lengths, resting as needed.

Griffin says: “You try to swim seven strokes without taking a breath, so it’s only like two breaths down and two breaths back.”

Tarzans

Swim one length of the pool without using your legs at all. Keep your head above water and use only your upper body. Swim back the same way. Repeat for 8-12 lengths, resting as needed.

Griffin says: “You can’t use your legs and you have to keep your head above water so it’s all upper body.”

Gym Work

Basketball Push-Ups

The Blake Griffin Workout (2)

Place both hands on top of the ball. Lower down into a Push-Up, then rise back up. Keep your elbows in tight. Repeat. (A variation involves placing one hand on the ball, the other on the ground.)

Griffin says: “Everyone does push-ups for arms and the chest and everything like that, but with the basketball, it forces you to really grip and use your forearms a little bit more. Keep the core tight through the push-up, which works almost everything except the lower body.”

Sets/Reps: 4×12

Split Squat With Basketball

The Blake Griffin Workout (3)

Start in a staggered stance with your left leg in front and hold a basketball against your chest. Lower down into a squat position with control until your right knee is just above the ground. Drive up until you are in an upright position and your right leg is completely straight. Repeat for reps and perform with your other leg forward.

Griffin says: “Works with anything you do on the court. Hold the ball and keep the core tight through everything.”

Sets/Reps: 4×8-12 each leg

Swiss Ball Plank

The Blake Griffin Workout (4)

Assume a push-up position with your hands on the sides of a Swiss ball and your feet on the ground. Keep your core tight, your arms locked and your body forming a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders. Hold this position with minimal movement for the specified duration.

Griffin says: “Grip on the ball is huge when you’re going up for a rebound and pulling it down with one hand or going up to finish and control the ball with one hand.”

Sets/Duration: 4×45-60 seconds

Russian Twists

The Blake Griffin Workout (5)

Sit with your knees slightly bent and your feet off the ground. Hold a med ball in front of your chest with your arms slightly bent. Rotate your chest to the left and gently touch the ball to the ground next to your left hip. Slowly rotate back to center and to the right, lightly touching the ball to the ground next to your right hip. Repeat continuously.

Griffin says: “I have to stay on my core and make sure I’m doing it every single day to keep my back from messing up, which can in turn mess up something else.”

Sets/Reps: 2×15 each side

 

Blake Griffin’s workout above is one of the reasons he is arguably the most explosive, powerful player in the league. His ability to contort his body for acrobatic finishes around the rim can be contributed to his focus on workouts that strengthen his core and force him to control his entire body through various movements and positions. Add this workout to your fitness routine to see increases in overall strength and your ability to perform basketball-specific moves. Once you’ve done that, head to Eastbay for the best basketball gear in the game.

For more great workout tips, head to STACK.com.

The Most Earth-Shattering Dunk Contest Ever

The Most Earth-Shattering Dunk Contest Ever

That’s right, folks. Batten down the hatches and get ready for an intergalactic battle between Earth’s Blake Griffin and space’s Marvin the Martian. Marvin flew across the galaxy to destroy Earth and steal its most powerful dunking weapon — the Jordan Super.Fly 4. But he’ll have to get past Blake first.

It’s Blake vs. Marvin in a head-to-head dunk contest. Who has the most earth-shattering power? Can the Super.Fly 4 defeat a rocket? Watch the video below to see for yourself, but get ready — it’s out of this world.

Get the Marvin the Martian-edition of the Jordan Super.Fly 4, at eastbay.com.

Video // Jordan Brand x Google+ Hangout With Blake Griffin Video

Video // Jordan Brand x Google+ Hangout With Blake Griffin Video

Jordan Brand x Google+ Hangout With Blake Griffin Video

words // Brandon Richard

Celebrating the recent launch of the Super.Fly 2, the Jordan Brand linked Blake Griffin up with several top sneaker influencers to talk about his new shoe in a Google+ Hangout. The hangout was part of Blake’s Lift Off event at Nike Santa Monica this past Sunday. Jacques Slade of The Week In Sneaks handled hosting duties, while Complex’s Nick Engvall, Nightwing2303, YoAnty, Kicks Genius, and Sole Collector’s Nick DePaula supplied the questions. Eastbay also had the opportunity to get some direct insight from Blake, targeting the benefits of the Super.Fly at his specific position.

Officially launched last week, the Jordan Super.Fly 2 features Hyperfuse construction and an adaptive lacing system. The upper houses an internal sleeve that secures your foot for confident performance. A phylon midsole, forefoot Zoom Air and a full-length Flight Plate work together for impact protection and a reinforced ride.

See what Blake has to say about his new shoe in the video below and explore the Super.Fly II here today.

Jordan Brand & Blake Griffin Launch Super.Fly 2

Jordan Brand & Blake Griffin Launch Super.Fly 2

Jordan Super.Fly 2 Group Launch

words // Brandon Richard
via Press Release

Jordan Brand officially unveiled the Super.Fly 2 at the Jordan Take Flight event in Beijing on Tuesday. Wear-tested by Blake Griffin in early 2013, the Super.Fly 2 is inspired by his high-flying style. The shoe features Jordan Brand’s Flight Plate technology with Dynamic Fit and Hyperfuse to provide off-the-dribble explosiveness.

“The Super.Fly2 is by far the most responsive and most innovative shoe I have ever played in,” said Blake Griffin.  “The way it fits coupled with the responsiveness of Flight Plate really helps me perform at the highest level possible every time I am on the court.”

Following the Air Jordan XX8 and Trunner Dominate Pro, the Super.Fly 2 is the third Jordan shoe to incorporate the benefits of Flight Plate. Utilizing a Pebax moderator plate to maximize the responsiveness of the Nike Zoom units in the forefoot, Flight Plate technology in the Super.Fly 2 is designed to redirect and redistribute the energy your foot exerts on the ground to give you the explosive lift-off needed to propel your game in every direction.

Inspired by the Air Jordan XX8, Dynamic Fit uses internal straps the wrap up from the midsole and integrates with the laces for lightweight support that moves with the foot to reinforce side-to-side cuts and chances in direction. The outsole is designed with innovative herringbone traction.

“We looked at every position from big men to guards when developing the fit and traction design of the Super.Fly 2,” said Jordan Brand’s Justin Taylor, designer of the Super.Fly 2. “No matter what position you play, you can be confident that this shoe will maximize your potential, helping you get to where you need to be on the court.”

Hyperfuse construction combines breathable mesh and durable construction to provide lightweight durability, ventilation and support.

Blake Griffin’s new Jordan shoes are available now in men’s and boys’ colorways.

Available: Jordan Super.Fly II

Jordan Super.Fly 2 Black Red

Jordan Super.Fly 2 Green Glow Black Spruce White

Jordan Super.Fly 2 Purple Orange

Jordan Super.Fly 2 Cement Grey University Blue Gym Royal White