Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Is Mike Tyson's Training Program For You?



Mike Tyson is a legend to a lot of bodybuilders. I've been looking around to see what I could find out about what his daily routine was. I hope you're an early riser if you want to be like Mike!

This routine was listed on several websites and appears to be was accepted as his daily routine:
  • · 5am: Wake up and go for a 3 mile jog
  • · 6am: Back home for a shower and then back to bed (great workout for those huge legs of his)
  • · 10am: Wake up and eat oatmeal
  • · 12pm: Do ring work (10 rounds of sparring)
  • · 2pm: Eat another meal (steak and pasta with fruit juice drink)
  • · 4pm: More ring work and 60 mins on the exercise bike (again working those legs for endurance and power)
  • · 5pm: Floor exercises: 2000 sit ups; 500-800 'dips'; 500 press ups and 500 shrugs with a 30kg barbell and 10 mins of neck exercises (working the biceps, triceps, chest, abs and shoulders)
  • · 7pm: Eat steak and pasta meal again with fruit juice (probably orange juice)
  • · 8pm: Another 30 minutes on the exercise bike
  • · 9:30 Watch TV and then go to bed
That's what his training routines looked like. You'll have to decide it it's for you or not. A lot of bodybuilders don't run because they want to save their energy and nutrients for their weight lifting. Not getting enough rest after weight lifting and before running could result in muscle loss when you burn through the nutrients too fast. On the other hand, running builds the muscle fiber in the legs. Those who do like to run would be smart to rest after weight lifting and build back up their nutrient level.

As far as Mike’s diet goes, the oatmeal is a good choice. The steak, if it is lean, is also good. The pasta? Well, there’s mixed opinions about eating pasta, but you should definitely avoid pasta made from white flour. Whole wheat is a good carb for a body builder. Going by the list above, Mike's diet doesn't have any essential fats. Fats are important too, and should be the healthy, unsaturated variety.These include seeds, nuts, fatty fish, olive oil and flax seed oils. He only appears to have three meals during the day. It's easier to get the nutrients you need if you spread out your meals into 5 – 7 small meals throughout the day.
While his routing may have worked for “Iron Mike”, you should make sure you are aware of the strengths and weaknesses in it. Even Mike Tyson's training program could use a few improvements.

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