Shaquille O'Neal has his championships and his MVP awards, but he has been humbled by failure, by age and by injury and, with his career at a crossroads, he is dedicating himself to reversing those trends.
The process began Thursday afternoon, when O'Neal hired a personal trainer, following through on a promise he made to Lakers management last week.
Corey Gilday, a Portland, Ore.-based certified fitness trainer and nutritionist, will move to Orlando, Fla., this weekend and Monday will begin shaping a summer-long training program designed to make the NBA's premier center stronger, healthier and leaner.
...Rogers and Mike Parris, O'Neal's business manager, set out weeks ago to identify the best possible trainer to work with their client. Gilday, regarded as one of the top trainers in the nationwide 24-Hour Fitness chain, was chosen from a field of five finalists.
O'Neal met with Gilday, a former Marine, for the first time Thursday in Las Vegas, and the two exchanged ideas.
"He was really excited," Parris said.
The specifics of O'Neal's summer workout are being developed, but Parris said the general objectives are clear: "Weight loss, conditioning, he's going to work on his cardio, his leg strength."
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