NBA 2K23 Gym Rat Badge Guide

NBA 2K23 Gym Rat Badge Guide

To be a good basketball player it requires dedication. This dedication takes many forms from taking care of your body to honing your skills on the hardwood. NBA 2K23 attempts to capture this dedication by giving players who hit the gym a badge called the Gym Rat. To learn more about this badge, and how you can get it, see our NBA 2K23 Gym Rat Badge guide below.

How to Get the Gym Rat Badge in 2K23?

The first question on your mind is probably how to get the Gym Rat Badge for yourself. Well I have the answer for you. The Gym Rat Badge is acquired the same way you got it last year. When you arrive in The City you will unlock a side quest called Gym Rat. As the name of this side quest suggests, completing this quest unlocks the Gym Rat Badge.

Image showing the map location of the Gatorade Gym in NBA 2K23.
The Gatorade Gym map location.

To get started make your way to the Gatorade Gym marked on the map above. At the gym speak to the Gatorade Rep outside (do this first before going inside). She will explain to you a little bit about the quest. Once this cutscene is completed the core objective of the quest will unlock. This objective is to complete 25 workouts at the Gatorade Gym with three or more Stars.

Earn 25 Stars (Any Workout)

Image showing the different exercises available in the G Training Facility in NBA 2K23.
Workouts you can do.

To unlock the Gym Rat Badge you need to workout in the Gatorade Gym. If you are unfamiliar with the gym it contains a variety of real-world exercises you can do with your player in The City. Each time you workout a different exercise your player gets a temporary buff.

Speaking of exercises in the gym you will find them split into 5 different categories: Acceleration, Speed, Stamina, Strength, and Vertical. Within these categories are different workouts to complete:


  • Agility Ladder.
  • Agility Hurdles.


  • Sprints.
  • Treadmill.


  • Battle Ropes.
  • Medicine Ball.


  • Bench Press.
  • Squats.
  • Dumbbells.


  • Box Jump.
  • Clean Lift.
  • Leg Press.

From within each category you can do a workout. During the workout you are ranked out of four-stars. The better you do at the workout the more stars you get. You want to get at least three stars in each workout category each time you workout.

The reason I say this is because working out is time-gated. Once you complete a workout you will not be able to do that workout again for 7 real-world days. That means at minimum it will take you 5 weeks to unlock the Gym Rat Badge.

Tips for the Gym Rat Badge Unlock

Before you dive right into attempting workouts I recommend familiarizing yourself with each one. Each workout allows you to do a warmup. This means you can do it without it counting towards your workout for the week. Do this and practice the different workouts in each category. Become familiar with their controls and try and squeak out a three star run while practicing.

Another tip is to focus on workouts you are good at and can easily get three stars on. Most categories give you choices so if you hate the sprinting mini-game do the treadmill instead. Find the exercises that work for you and grind them out each week.

Once you do collect all of the Stars needed to complete the quest you will unlock the Gym Rat Badge. This badge provides a permanent workout boost to your player without them having to actually have worked out. It’s a pretty nice badge to unlock.

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2 responses

  1. Jayc3213 says:

    What does the gym rat badge do for ps4 users? I got it but don’t see any differences and it still wants me to do Gatorade workouts.

  2. Jay says:

    Can you still play my career and get it if you when a championship?

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