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Michael Phelps’ Most Inspiring Quotes Could Lure Anyone Back Out of Retirement

Who could have predicted that 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps would get back in the pool after retirement? Just about anyone! It seemed too soon for the now 28-year-old swimmer, also known as the greatest Olympian of all time, to end his competitive swimming career, but he did just that after breaking every record imaginable at the 2012 London Games.

ABC News reported that Phelps is headed back to the water. “Phelps will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26,” they wrote. His coach says he’ll be competing in only three events to “test the waters” and “see how it goes.” His team is downplaying the return, suggesting it’s far from a full-fledged comeback.

Regardless, Phelps fans the world over are rejoicing at the possibility of seeing him compete in two years at the Games in Rio. No one knows better than him that there’s no time like the present to focus and prioritize your training for your goals.

Need a bit of Phelps-mania inspiration? Here are some words taken straight from this athletic giants’ gold-biting mouth!

Phelps Goals Quote

Phelps Impossible Quote (more…)

Could Cold Temperatures Help You Lose Weight?

Ray Cronise, a former NASA scientist who spent 15 years overseeing experiments aboard shuttles at Marshall Space Flight Center, has been conducting experiments since 2008 to see if cold temperatures have an effect on the metabolism.

In 2008 while watching a televised program on Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps, Cronise got an idea. The documentary claimed that the swimmer was consuming around 12,000 calories a day while training. That fact didn’t make sense to Cronise considering his own calorie-restricted diet allowed him to have only 12,000 calories per week.

At the time Cronise weighed 209 pounds at 5 feet 9 inches tall, and was trying to get down to 180 pounds. He thought to himself, if Phelps was really consuming that many calories daily and was in the water three hours a day, then something didn’t add up because the swimmer would become a “blob.” (more…)

Top 100 Fittest Men of All Time Inspire Health and Fitness Greatness

This week, Men’s Health announced its list of “100 Fittest Men of All-Time,” including such fitness greats as Bruce Lee, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the man deemed the “godfather of fitness,” Jack LaLanne.

While it must’ve been a difficult process to select only 100 bodies out of hundreds of thousands of elite athletes who’ve walked the Earth, the final cut boasts some of the most amazingly fit men of all time who will continue to inspire greatness well beyond their peak years of health. Here we review the top five picks with a brief snapshot of each, starting with the athlete who came it at number five: College Football Hall of Fame member Herschel Walker.

For those not familiar with Walker (we certainly weren’t), he’s a former NFL player who made a triumphant return to sports as an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter 13 years after retiring from football. At age 40, not only was his comeback commendable but impressive, as he performed quite well winning two pro MMA bouts to date.

Perhaps more impressive is Walker’s daily workout regimen which includes up to 3,500 sit-ups, 1,500 push-ups, and an 8 mile run. Can you imagine the amount of calories it would take to sustain such a grueling routine? Men’s Health also pointed out that the athlete is considering making a return to the gridiron at the ripe age of 50, which leads us to ask “Is there anything Herschel Walker can’t do?”   (more…)

The 10 Most Enviable Bodies of the 2012 Olympics

We’re kicking off our Olympic countdown in style with a steamy look at the top 10 most enviable bodies from the 2012 Olympic team. While there were hundreds of athletes to choose from, we highlighted the ones that stuck out most whether it be from their charm, impressive bragging rights, highly-decorated career, or of course, their head-turning physiques. Check out our slideshow to see if of your favorite athletes made the hot-body list.


Hydrate Like Michael Phelps

Subway sandwichesKellogg’s cereal, Speedo swimsuits and now its special post-workout drinks. Michael Phelps endorsements continue to grow.  Phelps has just put his stamp of approval on PureSport, a kind of drink that packs a protein punch and a slow-energy release fuel that keeps you from sugar-crashing like so many other sports drinks do.

Phelps swears by them as a way to refuel before, during and after the five hours he clocks in the training pool. Each drink features a 2.67:1 Carb to Whey Protein ratio and comes in four flavors: grape, banana berry, lemon lime and fruit punch. Eight 16-ounce bottles cost about $25.

But Phelps isn’t the only PureSport enthusiast, fellow 2008 Olympians, gymnast Nastia Liukin and swimmers Aaron Peirsol, Ian Crocker and Brendan Hansen and have been training with PureSport Workout and Recovery nutritional performance sports drinks with protein as part of the nutritional preparations before the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Michael Phelps Becomes Subway’s New Spokesperson

If you’re like me and miss seeing Olympic darling Michael Phelps break world records in the swimming pool, fret no more. Phelps has recently been named as sandwich-giant Subway’s new pitchman. The new campaign coined “The Champion Food Option,” will highlight Subway as a destination for all of your eating needs. From indulgent subs like meatball and steak and cheese to healthy options like grilled chicken breast, Phelps will endorse their entire line of sandwiches.

For Phelps, the array of healthy and not-so healthy fare that Subway offers is a fitting match. The world-record swimmer ate a gluttonous diet of 12,000 calories a day while in training for Beijing. Sandwiches, usually ham and cheese on white bread, were a staple part of his daily “diet.” So whether it’s a pre-swim snack of a foot-long turkey and cheese on wheat or a post-workout treat of a spicy Italian sub packed with all the fixings, Phelps may really have met his champion food with Subway.

Michael Phelps’ Diet Spoofed on SNL

During the Olympics, Michael Phelps’ diet was a hot topic of conversation. We shared with you his daily habit of consuming more than 10,000 calories. This past Saturday night, Michael poked fun at himself on SNL. The show was even sure to point out that unless you’re training and working out like Phelps does, it’s “almost certainly fatal” to subscribe to this approach.

Subway’s Jared Fogel even pointed out that “this diet sucks a footlong!”

Michael Phelps’ Olympic-Sized Appetite

Michael PhelpsIt seems like the biggest news to come out of Beijing today is how much swimmer Michael Phelps must eat. The darling of the 2008 Olympics must pack in 12,000 calories a day in order to keep up the energy to fuel his grueling 5-hour-a-day, 6-days-a-week training schedule.

I’m jealous and I have no shame in admitting that.  And I have a feeling that anyone who has been on a diet or looked in the mirror and wasn’t truly happy with what they saw, has a twinge of jealousy, too. Twelve thousand calories! That is over 9,000 calories more than the recommended daily caloric intake of most males in this country. It takes effort to eat that much. But Phelps is no stranger to effort.

At least he knows how lucky he is. Phelps doesn’t take his bottomless appetite for granted. He knows that he’s one of the very, very lucky ones who never has to think about what he can’t eat. He can eat anything he wants. And he knows that once he stops his swimming workouts, his days of feasting might come to a close. But to eat like that and to look that way…. that boy must have done something wonderful in a former life to be living a life of such beauty and gluttony.

What it would be like to wake up in the morning and know that you could not just eat anything you wanted, but that you HAD to eat it? Do you think that the sweet indulgence of food would lose its flavor? Would gooey brownies taste as decadent? Would this gastronomic freedom make you love just as much as you do now on your 1,500-calorie a day eating regimen or would eating become more of a chore, and perhaps, god forbid, an annoyance?

It’s quite realistic to believe that the lure of food would lose some of its attraction, but you can’t argue with the sumptuous taste of a cheesy piece of pizza or a fresh-out-of-the-oven, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookie. I don’t think that kind of “beauty” loses its luster too quickly.

But back to reality. If you’re wondering what Michael, “The Stomach,” Phelps eats, here is a look at a typical day’s worth of food.

Breakfast: Three fried-egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise, two cups of coffee, a five-egg omelet, a bowl of grits, three slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar and three chocolate-chip pancakes.

Lunch: One pound of enriched pasta and two large ham and cheese sandwiches slathered with mayonaise on white bread and 1,000 calories worth of energy drinks.

Dinner: One pound of pasta and an entire pizza and another 1,000 calories worth of energy drinks.

How does he manage to swim after that?

It should also be noted that Phelps is unable to break the 200 pound mark.