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Michael Phelps- How the greatest Olympian does it

Michael Phelps is considered as one of the greatest Olympian in the history of Olympics. A total of 22 medals in Athens, Beijing and London makes him the most decorated Olympian of all time. Blessed with the perfect physique for a swimmer, 6’4” with a reach of 3 inches make him the closest thing to a ‘human dolphin’.

But his natural built is only a complimentary factor to his incredible swimming talents, his workout routine and diet schedule is what actually makes him a beast of an athlete who is second to none in deep waters.

Fishy Workout

Michael Phelps follows an extremely strict workout routine of six hours a day and six days a week. He doesn’t skip for birthdays, weddings, Christmas, super bowl or the world cup, if the event falls on his training day then he trains first and partakes later.

Warm up (in the pool):

  • 5 x (60 free, 60 side kick, 60 fly drill, 60 pull buoy, 120 im)
  • 15 x 100 on 1:00 (25 fly, 45 free, 20 fly)
  • 400 stroke (45 kick 45 drill)

Main Course

  • 2200 timed kick strokes
  • 5 x 100 IM drill

Pulling set:

  • 15 x 150 on 2:25 min

Speed Set:

  • 25 x 25 fly on :45min


  • 600 abdominal routines and lower body stretching

Whale Diet:

Straight out of bed- Cereal or Oatmeal

After Practice-

  • 3 x fried eggs
  • 2 x sandwiches made out of cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise
  • 1 x Omelet
  • Porridge
  • 3 x pancakes
  • 2 x coffees


Lunch time:

  • One pound pasta
  • 2 x ham and cheese sandwiches
  • Energy drinks (calories content: 1000)


  • One pound pasta
  • Two pound pizza
  • Energy drinks
  • Protein intake
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