Mike Tyson in his hey days used to jog at 4:30 am and was once inquired by a journalist about this: “Why do you run so early?” To which he replied: “Because I know that while I train, my opponent is still sleeping.” Such was the dedication of Iron Mike and that is the kind of attitude that makes a legend.
Taken in by the Legendary Boxing Coach CusD’Almato at the age of 16, right after his father’s demise . Mike Tyson never shied away from a challenge and he took his training routine to such levels that were unheard of ever before.
His nutritional diet consisted of 3000-4000 calories of carbohydrates and proteins to help build the right amount of body muscle and mass. Here’s a brief breakdown of his diet plan:
- Breakfast- Oatmeal with milk and vitamins.
- Lunch- Rice with chicken breasts and orange juice.
- Snack- Protein shake with 6 bananas.
- Dinner- Pasta and steak with tropical juice.
This looks like a beast’s diet, and Mike Tyson was nothing short one. His boxing record is testament to that fact. But you need a crazy workout discipline to back up this diet and Iron Mike had an absolutely crazy strength training routine, here is a sample of his daily workout:
- 45 minutes run at 4 in the morning.
- 2000 squats
- 500 tricep extensions
- 500 pushups
- 500 shrugs with 30 kilos
- 500 neck crunches
- 10-20 rounds in the ring
- 2 of aerobic exercises
- 45 minutes of technical training
- Cardio after dinner
These are the extreme levels of training that took Mike Tyson to the pinnacle of greatness, not just as a boxer but as a sport icon altogether. He was hands down the most feared boxer, a destroyer of his generation, and only a few were able to handle that ferocity and remain standing on their feet after fighting Mike Tyson.