NBA 2K21 MyPlayer: Training Facility Guide

Want to give your player a temporary or a permanent boost in MyCareer? All you need to know about NBA 2K21’s Gatorade Training Facility and Gym Rat Badge.

In NBA 2K21, the Gatorade training facility is an important place for those wanting to maximize their MyCareer player’s potential throughout the game.

For those unfamiliar, VC (Virtual Currency) is required in MyCareer to upgrade the player. As attribute points are purchased, the player’s overall rating improves along with their physical ratings.

The physical abilities can be broken down into five categories: speed, acceleration, strength, vertical, and stamina.

Using the Gatorade Training Facility to Get Ahead

Early on, not many 2K players have an insurmountable amount of VC at their disposal – unless they buy. Therefore, it takes time to accumulate VC, making the Gatorade training facility one of the best places to gain a temporary boost without spending any VC.

Essentially, it is a place where one can boost their player’s physical abilities by completing a series of simple workouts. After the entire workout is completed, the player will get an attribute boost of up to +4 for seven days.

The Workout Drills

Once you enter the facility you will be presented with a list of 12 workout drills, broken down into the five physical groups. Under each group, the player is only required to complete one drill to obtain a seven-day boost for that physical ability.

For example, to gain a boost in strength, you will only need to choose one exercise between bench press, squats, and dumbbells. Once completed, the other two will not be available for the next seven days.

The Drills

Generally speaking, drills at the facility are not hard to complete.

One good approach for those new to the facility is to take advantage of the practice feature. This gives them the opportunity to test which drills work best for them.

Doing this will not only save time for future workouts but will also increase one’s likelihood of earning three stars and maximizing their boost ratings. Otherwise, one would have to wait another seven days to re-do the drill in hopes of getting a better rating.

Remember to Fully Complete Your Workouts

To ensure that your player receives an attribute boost for the entire week, you must ensure that you complete one drill for every physical group.

One common mistake many 2K players make is not fully completing their workout before leaving the facility. (See Picture Below)

Instead of completing it in its entirety, they only complete a portion of the workout, which does not give their player a boost in any category. Instead, their workout remains a work in progress, until the next time they return to the gym.

To ensure that your workout is complete, you should see the following screen before you leave the facility.

Gatorade Reaction Drill

Another special feature in the facility is the Gatorade reaction drill.

Located just under the Gatorade Sports Science Institute sign, the hand-eye-coordination-reaction drill reward participants with a discount at the Gatorade fuel station just to the side.

If completed with a good score, participants will receive a 25% discount on any purchase made at the station.

This is particularly useful for those who plan to consistently buy boost supplements for their players and is a good way to save thousands of VC in NBA 2K21.

Gym Rat Badge

In relation to the training facility, the “Gym Rat Badge” should be the ultimate goal for 2K players looking to skip all future workouts in the game.

Once obtained your player will receive a permanent +4 boost to all their physical attributes (Stamina, Strength, Speed, and Acceleration) for the rest of their MyCareer in NBA 2K21.

How to Obtain the Gym Rat Badge

To obtain the Gym Rat Badge one has two options:

Hit Superstar Two

One way is to hit the superstar two-rep status in the neighborhood, by playing park events, pick-up games, and rec matchups. Once you hit superstar two, you will automatically receive the Gym Rat Badge – it’s as simple as that.

Obviously, this is easier said than done and depending on how much one plays, it could take a few months to reach that level. Winning can be very hard to come by in the neighborhood as many of the players in the field are already well over 90 overall and have most of their badges equipped.

Therefore, this may not be the most feasible option for causal players or those who don’t play in the neighborhood enough.

Play 40-45 MyCareer Games and Win the Championship

The second way to obtain the Gym Rat Badge is to play around 40-45 MyCareer games without skipping or simulating any. Once you’ve done this, simulate to the end of the regular season and play additional playoff games and win an NBA championship.

This is the preferred way for those who want to acquire the Gym Rat Badge without having to reach superstar two status. The journey might be a bit drier but the objective is definitely more clear-cut and the competition faced should be easier.


All in all, utilizing the training facility is something all players should take advantage of, especially those with a low overall rating or a low VC count.

Receiving a temporary boost not only increases the chance of winning but also goes a long way in helping one rack up neighborhood rep points, VC and badge points along the way.

C.P Ching

An avid sports gamer with an open appetite to give any game on the market a shot.

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