“We had a bet every day who has the lowest body fat” Dennis Rodman addresses his fitness rivalry with Scottie Pippen-Michael Jordan

In the trajectory of sports, constructive rivalry and positive peer pressure are the two forces that keep the athletes get going and aiming for the more significant milestones. The power trio of Dennis Rodman, Michael Jordan, and Scottie Pippen played for the Chicago Bulls from 1995 to 1998. While sharing Jersey, they helped each other grow by welcoming new challenges among themselves so that they could rise up as the most substantial threat to whoever playing against them.

In 2019, Dennis Rodman was on Habits and Hustle with Jennifer Cohen. There he was asked to share some glimpses from his time with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Rodman recalled a story saying, “We had a bet every day that who has the lowest body fat. We are all the same size, 6’7, 6’8, and 6’9. Every day we would go and get our body weight and body fat checked.”


He continued, “Mike would be like 3.2%, Scottie would be like 3.3%, and I would be like 3.4%. But every day, we switch. And people would say, ‘How you stay so lean and so cut up?’ because we had that regiment, that mindset, that routine. Every day we wanted to win, we wanted to be competitive, to go out there and show people that we may be 215, 220, or 210, but we are very strong, very lean, and very agile.”

 These petty things are what matter much in the more significant scenario. The competitive spirit among the players kept them pushing to cross their own limits, leading the team to achieve three consecutive championships.

Sayma Yeasmin

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