Ryan Lochte's secret to Olympic pool gold
When not spending his time in the pool, US swimmer Ryan Lochte credits a technique called "Strongman training" with helping him bring home gold at this year's London 2012 Olympic Games.
Going into the Games as the man to beat, Lochte earned the first medal for the US in the men's 400m individual medley final, but faltered in two performances, including losing a lead to France's Yannick Agnel in the 4x100m relay, costing the US team the gold.
But coming back to win gold in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay final, his strongest events—the men's 200m individual medley final and the men's 200m backstroke final—are forthcoming, and Lochte is definitely one to watch.
After a performance that he considered disappointing at the Beijing Games, Lochte decided to mix up his routine, his long-time strength coach Matt DeLancey told WebMD in an interview published Monday.
DeLancey had competed in Strongman competitions, and he and Lochte worked out a set of unconventional exercises—up to three hours dragging 227kg (500-pound) boat chains, flipping 273kg (650-pound) tyres and tossing beer kegs over his head—to help give the swimmer both his edge and enviable physique.
"Strongman training is not a workout that I would recommend for all swimmers," DeLancey says. "But Ryan is a guy who needs a whole lot of variety. He also likes to have a mental edge when he goes into a race, and he feels that this gives it to him." Watch the cideos below for Lochte's traning routine.
Published: 2nd August 2012