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NBA 2K22 MyCareer Gym Rat Badge Method: How to Unlock

Here's how to get the Gym Rat Badge in NBA 2K22 MyCareer.
Here's how to get the Gym Rat Badge in NBA 2K22 MyCareer. / Photo courtesy of Ralston Dacanay, 2K Games

The Gym Rat Badge in NBA 2K22 remains one of the most significant ways players can separate their game from the rest of the pack in MyCareer online.

As seen in previous years, the Gym Rat Badge is a highly coveted boon to collect in NBA 2K22 MyCareer as it serves as a permanent boost to your MyPlayer's Speed, Acceleration, Stamina, Strength and Vertical, and adds an extra portion to your Stamina Meter. Here's the fastest way to get the Gym Rat Badge in NBA 2K22.

NBA 2K22 MyCareer Gym Rat Badge Method: How to Unlock

In NBA 2K22 Next Gen right off the bat, players will have a Gym Rat Quest available.

After talking to the gym rep NPC standing outside of the Gatorade facility, players will see that the Gym Rat Badge requires them to hit 50 3-Star or higher quality workouts in order to unlock it.

In theory, this means that it would take at least 10 weeks to unlock the badge, as each of the typical gym workouts can only be done once per week.

On Reddit, however, community members have pointe out that players can skip the waiting and instead spam the Gatorade reaction drill at the back of the facility since it doesn't have a cooldown.

Keep in mind that once you get the three stars from the first half of the exercise, you don't do have to do anything on the second half as your score won't go down and the time won't get extended.

Unfortunately, only one person can do the reaction drill at a time, so it might be easier said than done for some players in busier lobbies.

Once you unlock the Gym Rat Badge on Next Gen, you don't have to equip it, and, unlike in previous years, it doesn't show up as a stat. As explained by 2K Sports producer Zach Timmerman on Twitter, players can rest assured that the Gym Rat Badge activates in-game, but "under the hood."

For those on NBA 2K22 Current Gen, it appears the fastest way to get the Gym Rat Badge is the same as its been in previous titles—win an NBA Championship.

Thankfully, however, once players have become a starter for their team, they no longer have to play at least 40 games. As such, they can simply sim to the playoffs and bring home the trophy.

For more on NBA 2K22, feel free to check out our guide on the Daily Spin system, and our comparison between the Current Gen and Next Gen parks.