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, as does 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 much 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 you can boost your 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.
Utilizing 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 training 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 you the opportunity to test which drills work best for your player.
Doing this will not only save time for future workouts but will also increase your likelihood of earning three stars and maximizing their boost ratings. Otherwise, you 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 guarantee that your player receives an attribute boost for the entire week, you must make sure that you complete one drill for every physical group.
One common mistake that many 2K players make is not fully completing their workout before leaving the facility, which is demonstrated in the image below.
Instead of completing it in its entirety, they only complete a portion of the workout, which does not give the player a boost in any category. Instead, the workout remains a work in progress until the next time that they return to the gym.
To ensure that your workout is complete, you should see the following screens 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 percent 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 of the future workouts in the game.
Once obtained, your player will receive a permanent +4 boost to all of their physical attributes (Stamina, Strength, Speed, and Acceleration) for the rest of their MyCareer in NBA 2K21.
How to obtain the Gym Rat Badge
There are two ways to obtain the Gym Rat Badge: Hit Superstar Two or play 40 to 45 MyCareer Games and win the championship
The first way is to hit the superstar two-rep status in the neighborhood by playing park events, pick-up games, and rec match-ups. 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 you play, it could take a few months to reach that level. Winning can be very hard to come by in the neighborhood: 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 casual players, or those who don’t play in the neighborhood often.
The second way to obtain the Gym Rat Badge is to play around 40 to 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 the NBA Championship.
This is the preferred method for those who want to acquire the Gym Rat Badge without having to reach superstar two status. The journey might be a bit dull, but the objective is definitely more clear-cut, and the competition faced should be easier to defeat.
All in all, utilizing the training facility is something that all players should do, especially those with a low overall rating or a low VC count. Receiving a temporary boost not only increases your chance of winning, but it also goes a long way in helping you to rack up neighborhood rep points, VC, and badge points along the way.
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