There are arguably very few players in NBA history who have dominated their opponents the way Charles Barkley did. Although his height was only listed at 6’6″, Barkley was a commanding presence inside the paint. The former MVP played as a power forward in an era when the big men controlled the game. Credit for his success could actually be attributed to his strong legs.

Barkley was drafted in 1984 by the Philadelphia 76ers. There were doubts about his style of play because of his size. However, he knew what he could bring to the table and his physical game matched his personality. Barkley has always had strong legs, which ultimately helped him Craft a name for himself in the NBA.

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In a recent interview, Barkley revealed that he used an unorthodox method to strengthen his legs. He used to jump a five-foot fence to strengthen his legs before he even went to college. He said, “Yeah, I jumped the fence just to strengthen my legs. You know me like we don’t have a big weight room“.

Physically my legs were comparable to anyone anywhere“, Barkley revealed. He also mentioned that he could lift tons of weights after going to college and that he only turned pro because he always worked on his legs.

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He continued, “So jumping that fence continued to help my explosiveness, really helped build my ass, to be honest with you. I had huge quads“. Barkley felt it was huge to have as strong legs as possible.

Charles Barkley was a powerhouse

Despite his relatively short stature compared to other league greats, Charles Barkley was a force to be reckoned with. Barkley weighed over 260 pounds which helped him get physical. His career rebounds medium is 11.7 due to which it has been nicknamed “The Round Mound of Rebound”.

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Charles Barkley plays for the Phoenix Suns

Barkley was named an All-Star for 11 consecutive seasons thanks to his excellent inside presence. After spending eight years in Philadelphia, Barkley was traded to the Phoenix Suns, where he was named MVP. The Suns reached the Finals in his first season where they ultimately lost to Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls.

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Chuck is without a doubt one of the best players in the history of the game. His impact on the game is paramount. Since retiring, he has established himself as a hugely popular media personality.

What’s your favorite Charles Barkley moment, on or off the pitch? Let us know in the comments below.

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