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A Prime Mike Tyson's Daily Training Routine And Diet Plan Was Extremely Intense

A Prime Mike Tyson's Daily Training Routine And Diet Plan Was Extremely Intense

In his prime years, former WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was miles ahead of the competition but it wasn't solely down to good genetics.

'Kid Dynamite's' intense training regime was a huge factor behind his dominance at the top.

Tyson would follow an intense daily schedule. He spent eight to ten hours a day working out, as well as eating the right foods and studying for upcoming fights.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Waking up at 5am every morning to complete a three mile jog - improving his cardiovascular system for ring endurance - he would return home at around 6am to rest further.

Tyson would wake up at 10am, eat breakfast and start sparring as notoriously strict head coach Cus D'Amato looked on.

D'Amato believed shadow boxing was the most important exercise for a fighter, so the American focused massively on his technique throughout his career.

In the coming hours of his routine, Tyson would complete 2000 sit-ups, 500-800 dips, 500 press-ups and 500 shrugs with a 30kg barbell.


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He would also perform ten minutes of those famous neck roll exercises, where he would lie in a crab position before rolling his head around on a folded towel to improve overall strength.

The likes of Anthony Joshua have replicated these exercises in the past, but nobody compares to the intense power of "Iron Mike."

Check out the below clip and relive how he improved the size of his neck in training.


Tyson would spend another 30 minutes on the exercise bike at 8pm before starting his routine all over again at five in the morning.

Here is the fighter's daily training schedule all those years ago, according to MuscleProdigy.

- 5 AM: Get up and go for a 3 mile jog
- 6 AM: Come back home, shower, and go back to bed
- 10 AM wake up: Eat oatmeal
- 12 PM: Do ring work (10 rounds of sparring)
- 2 PM: Have another meal (steak and pasta with fruit juice)
- 3 PM: More ring work and 60 mins on the exercise bike
- 5 PM: 2000 sit-ups, 500-800 dips, 500 press-ups, 500 shrugs with a 30kg barbell, and 10 mins of neck exercises
- 7 PM: Steak and pasta meal with fruit juice
- 8 PM: Another 30 minutes on the exercise bike then watch TV and go to bed

Topics: Training, Mike Tyson, Boxing News, Boxing

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.