American swimmer Michael Phelps is making swimming look as easy as a walk in the park. He has 21 Gold medals to his name. In this ongoing Rio Olympic, he has already won three Gold medals.
Michael Phelps is now 31 but for him winning more gold is just a matter of time. In the Rio Olympic, he proved that he is the greatest ever Olympic athlete in the history.
Phelps’ childhood journey of how he learned to swim is mesmerizing. He is arguably the most dominant Olympic athlete ever has been replete with records and the repeating sparkle of gold.
This summer Phelps plans to add more medals to his already impressive tally. His rivalry with fellow American swimmer Ryan Lochte is sure to add some drama to the swimming lanes.
Phelps body of Work
Phelps’ skill in the pool lies in his physique. He stands 6 foot 4 but his wingspan is 6 foot 7, which makes the length of his stroke huge and is an advantage in the pool. His legs are relatively shorter than his upper body, resulting in less resistance drag in the water.
When he competes, he keeps his weight down – never more than 200 pounds to ensure the least amount of drag.
However, his body seems genetically engineered for the water, Phelps matches his genetics with an incredible work ethic and training regimen.
His coach Bob Bowman follows a strict discipline for him, a must have for everyone who wants to make the podium.
In a week he trains six days in pool and circuit trains with weights three times per week. He doesn’t lift super heavy because extra bulk wouldn’t help him. He wants to keep his body light and lean.
He also maintains that pinnacle of muscular endurance, so high reps, and circuit style training works best for his goals. He continually changes the exercises and their order often so his body can’t adapt to a set routine.
Phelps’ favorite exercises are those that involve his body weight, like dips and pull-ups.
Feeding the Olympic Machine
So what does the medal machine eat during the training? Phelps’ daily food intake could be anywhere from 8,000-10,000 calories per day.
You will not believe that his breakfast alone fulfills most people’s daily caloric intake. His breakfast is comprised of three egg sandwiches with low-fat cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and fried onions, Omelet, a bowl of grits, slices of French toast with powdered sugar, chocolate chip pancakes, cups of coffee.
No doubt, he doesn’t eat the same thing every day, but he does eat way more food than normal people.
His lunch is comprised of one pound of pasta, 1,000 calories worth of energy drinks and an entire pizza. But Phelps needs the huge amount fats and carbs to stay energized through of daily swimming and drills.
His intent and determination
There is a process behind the making of great athlete Michael Phelps. Eating thousands of calories and swimming thousands of meters each week takes a determination and will power that most people can’t fathom. One example of his supreme motivation comes from his quest for eight gold medals during the 2008 Beijing games.
Former Australian swimmer Ian Thrope once doubted Phelps caliber in Olympic, but once Phelps won eight Gold medals in Beijing, Thrope said, “Never in my life have I ben so happy to be proven wrong.”
Phelps’ rapport with the media persons has been colorful. Despite the fact that his some press conference during his yesteryear, he wants to make sure that the legend in him doesn’t get affected with performance enhancing drugs.
Phelps has taken part in the US Anti-Doping Agency’s “Project Belive” program. As a part of the program, he is regularly tested to ensure he isn’t taking any performance-enhancing drug banned by the International Olympic Committee.
Phelps outside pool image:
Phelps in his career gives a lot of effort to promote his public image. His prestige as an Olympian is further enhanced by his work as a promoter of fitness. He has his own foundation called Michael Phelps Foundation. His foundation provides help to the child to wants to pursue his or her Olympic dream.