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Mike Tyson Had An Incredible Workout Regime In His Prime

Mike Tyson Had An Incredible Workout Regime In His Prime

Mike Tyson was once known as the 'baddest man on the planet' but to get to that point he had to go through a ridiculous daily training routine.

At just 20 years and four months old Tyson became the youngest heavyweight world champion when he defeated Trevor Berbick for the WBC title in November 1986.

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Tyson had an incredible physique which allowed him to punch quick and punch hard and it took an incredible amount of work, according to Brawl Bros, with his day starting at 4 am.

  • Woke up at 4 am - 3 to 5-mile jog
  • Breakfast
  • Sparring 10 to 12 rounds
  • Calisthenics (push ups, dips, sit-ups and shrugs and 10 minutes of neck work)
  • Lunch break
Tyson during his weigh-in for the fight with Frank Bruno. Image: PA Images
Tyson during his weigh-in for the fight with Frank Bruno. Image: PA Images
  • Six rounds of sparring, bag work, slip bag, jump rope, pad work and speed bag.
  • More calisthenics
  • Shadow boxing focused on technique, often just one.
  • More calisthenics
  • Dinner
  • Exercise Bike for cool down
  • Study fights or training footage
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Tyson worked on his calisthenics three times a day and according the website his reps added up to 3500 across the different body parts, and half an hour of neck bridges.

To get to 3500 reps he did 2000 sit ups, 500 push ups, 500 dips and 500 shrugs, split up throughout a day that also included plenty of sparring and boxing work and a three to five mile jog, most of us would be done by the time the former world champ tucked into lunch.

The American was a two time world champion and had a 37-0 record before his shock defeat to Buster Douglas, before personal problems derailed big chunks of his career, so he's not the worst person for today's crop of heavyweight superstars to take lessons from.

In the build up to his fight against Alexander Povetkin in 2018, Anthony Joshua did just that when he did his own impression of Tyson's neck workout.

In 2017 AJ admitted that a peak Tyson would have beaten him easily, saying, "Mike Tyson would have battered me!

"There was no way I could have taken on that guy. I would have taken that pay cheque. You know what I done against Klitschko in that 6th round when I took that dive? I'm joking.

"I would have taken a dive against Tyson. He was a beast. I give all credit and respect to Tyson. Even though Tyson is going on like 50 now, I still remember Tyson as the young, young 21-year-old.

"He was that good and made such an impact in the sport of boxing."

Topics: Heavyweight boxing, mike tyson, Boxing News, Lennox Lewis, Gym, Evander Holyfield

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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