BFH Workout #25: Bill Russell

BFH Workout #25: Bill Russell


Bill Russell, born on February 12, 1934, in Monroe, Louisiana, is an iconic figure in basketball history. As a player and later a coach, Russell's impact on the sport is immeasurable.

Russell rose to prominence at the University of San Francisco during his college years, leading the team to two N.C.A.A. championships. His exceptional defensive and shot-blocking abilities drew attention, and the Boston Celtics selected him as the second overall pick in the 1956 N.B.A. Draft.


During his 13-year playing career with the Celtics (1956–1969), Russell became a defensive anchor and a key figure in one of the most successful eras in N.B.A. history. He won 11 N.B.A. championships, the most by any player, and earned a reputation as one of the game's most outstanding defensive players and team leaders.

Aside from his shot-blocking prowess, Russell was known for his exceptional basketball I.Q. and unselfish play.


After retiring as a player, Russell transitioned to coaching. 1966, he became the first African-American head coach in N.B.A. history, guiding the Celtics to two more championships in 1968 and 1969.


Off the court, Russell has been an advocate for civil rights and social justice. His impact extends beyond basketball, making him a respected figure in sports and society.


The Legend Workout

11 Medicine Ball Around the Worlds

11 Box Jumps

11 Burpees

11 Jumping Jacks

11 Dips

11 Minute A.M.R.A.P.


Exercise List

Medicine Ball Around the Worlds

Start standing with your feet hip-width apart and a medicine ball in your hand. Bend and wrap the ball around your legs, your waist, and then up and around your head. Return to the starting position.


Box Jumps

Start standing with your feet shoulder-width apart in front of a plyo box. Swing your arms down, bend your knees, and jump onto the plyo box. Land softly by bending your knees as you land. Step back down to restart the exercise.


Start standing with your feet hip-width apart. Jump down to the ground, then jump back up to your feet.

Jumping Jacks

Start with your feet hip-width apart and hands down by your side. Jump out and extend your hands over your head. Return to the starting position.


Start in a seated position on a bench. Place your hands at your side. Let your body hover off the bench, straighten your legs, and lower your body to the ground. Use your hands to press back up to the starting position.