How Does Boomer Prepare for Game Day?
Boomer, mascot for the Indiana Pacers, entertains NBA basketball fans with skilled dunking and fun antics. Since his “birthday” in the fall of 1991, Boomer has accomplished many great things such as performing at several NBA All-Star Games and with a variety of celebrities. Whether he’s dancing with IndyCar legend A.J. Foyt or singer Justin Timberlake, Boomer makes people smile—it’s his favorite hobby.
He exerts a lot of energy in Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, and many people wonder what Boomer does to prepare for game day. Does his regimen offer a good model for others’ to emulate for optimal nutrition and fitness?
Dr. Robert Klitzman of Indiana University Health weighs in on Boomer’s game day preparations:
Three bowls of milk and a bit of catnip kick off Boomer’s day.
“It’s true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” says Dr. Klitzman “A healthy breakfast includes a combination of protein and fat, which Boomer’s milk provides, so that’s good. I’d like to see him include carbohydrates with his breakfast, like oatmeal or an English muffin.”
Boomer pumps up for the game with sit-ups, push-up and squats.
“I recommend that Boomer waits one to two hours after his breakfast before exercising, so that he doesn’t get an upset stomach. On game day, he may want to hold off on exercising too much because he can fatigue his muscles. But I do recommend that he warms up right before the game.”
After his workout, Boomer starts to crave pizza and more milk.
“Lunch will probably be the last full meal Boomer eats before the game, so I suggest he make it a balanced one with veggies and protein. Also, he needs to drink lots and lots of water to stay hydrated for the game.”
Boomer and the Pacemates dance by the locker room to get fired up.
“Dynamic stretching, jumps and dance moves will definitely get Boomer pumped up,” says Dr. Klitzman.
Boomer joins the excitement of the game by repelling from the ceiling!
“His regular sit-ups routine helps to build up his core abdomen muscles. That really helps him during this very skilled stunt—that shouldn’t be tried at home.”
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