Menlo Park Gym Played Role in Jeremy Lin's Surge

A Menlo Park gym played a role in Linsanity.

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012  |  Updated 1:17 PM PDT
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Jeremy Lin worked out in a Menlo Park gym before heading to NBA superstardom.

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New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is known to the world as an overnight success in the NBA. But the Bay Area native's ascendancy -- and 20-point nights in the NBA after beginning the year as an unknown journeyman -- may not have happened without a Menlo Park gym.

Lin worked out at SPARTA Fitness Center, according to the Palo Alto Daily News, and that's where Lin worked with Dr. Phil Wagner on his "lateral explosiveness," Wagner told the newspaper.

"He worked on the machine slide board and with our force-plate technology," said Wagner, who added that Lin put on eight pounds of muscle and increased his agility by "17 percent."

His vertical leap also increased by 3 1/2 inches, according to Wagner. Maybe that's why Lin can dunk?

Wagner says this training played a role in Lin's success, but that his "hard work" is the real superstar.

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