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Tyson Workout (In His Prime)

I saw this online…



Mike Tyson (Back in the day)

Daily Regime (7 days a week):

5am: get up and go for a 3 mile jog

6am: come back home shower and go back to bed (great workout for those huge legs of his)

10am wake up: eat oatmeal

12pm: do ring work (10 rounds of sparring)

2pm: have another meal (steak and pasta with fruit juice drink)

3pm: more ring work and 60 minutes on the exercise bike (again working those huge legs for endurance)

5pm: 2000 sit-ups; 500-800 dips; 500 press-ups; 500 shrugs with a 30kg barbell and 10 minutes of neck exercises

7pm: steak and pasta meal again with fruit juice (orange I think it was)

8pm: another 30 minutes on the exercise bike then watch TV and then go to bed.

Before jogging in the morning he did a lot of stretching followed by 10 jumps onto boxes and 10 bursts of sprints, then he went jogging. At 12pm he sparred. At 3pm he did focus mitt work or heavy bag work inside the ring. He warmed up for all ring work with light exercises such as skipping or shadow boxing or speed ball.

At 5pm Tyson did 10 quick circuits, each circuit consisting of: 200 sit-ups, then 25-40 dips, then 50 press-ups, then 25-40 dips, then 50 shrugs, followed by 10 minutes of neck work on the floor. What an animal! Tyson said that the shrugs “built his shoulders up” to help unleash punches with his short arms whilst at the same time building endurance in the neck.

It should be noted though that Tyson couldn’t do any more than 50 sit-ups a day and 50 press-ups a day when he was 13, but gradually increasing the reps each week got him to a higher level over many years, so that he was doing 2000 sit-ups inside 2 hours every day by the time he was 20.)

Mike told Ian Darke (Sky commentator) his above workout regime when he visited England to watch a Frank Bruno fight in March 1987. Durke told Mike that Bruno trained like a bodybuilder and asked Mike about this, but Mike said that floor exercises and natural exercises work better.

Mike explained that his punch-power comes from nothing more than heavy bag work “works your strength through the hips” he said, despite doing shrugs with a barbell he said that lifting weights has about as much resemblance to punching as “cheesecake” (contradicting himself though due to doing shrugs).

But his mentor Cus D’Amato realised that, due to Tyson’s style, he needed punch-power (not that he didn’t have it naturally anyway). So Cus got Mike very heavy bags to hit for a 13 yr old, and Cus gradually increased the weight of the bags Tyson used over time so that by the age of 18-19 Tyson was banging bags that no other man could budge!

Don’t believe everything you read online…

Unless I’m a slow POS in the gym, I really dont see that 5pm workout taking only 2 hours. 800 dips? If he never stopped to rest thats like a good 30 minutes right there. Same for about all those exercises.

I have trouble buying the 2000 sit ups and 800 dips a day…and 7 days a week? I think everyone has to rest at least one day a week. More for mental recovery rather than physical.

[quote]johnny_law wrote:
More for mental recovery rather than physical.[/quote]

If he did work out 7 days a week, maybe that explains why Tyson is such a nut-job.

I believe it.

I also heard that Tyson had D’Amato and Holyfield sit on opposing sides of a barbell, whereupon Tyson would snatch the barbell, and then run 3 laps around the gym while shouting, “Mikie’s Number ONE! Mikie’s Number ONE!”

He was the world champion of the world by fighting the biggest strongest toughest men on the planet. dont ever compare your self to him or doubt what he did.

Considering theres a video on youtube of mike tyson doing squats, bench and leg press, I wouldnt trust it.

[quote]Judas wrote:
He was the world champion of the world by fighting the biggest strongest toughest men on the planet. dont ever compare your self to him or doubt what he did.[/quote]

Dang, what have I been thinking? I always thought he was the World Champion of Indonesia, or maybe the World Champion of the Seven Assorted Carribbean Islands, but World Champion of the World?? I didn’t even think that was possible.

[quote]charbreath wrote:
Judas wrote:
He was the world champion of the world by fighting the biggest strongest toughest men on the planet. dont ever compare your self to him or doubt what he did.

Dang, what have I been thinking? I always thought he was the World Champion of Indonesia, or maybe the World Champion of the Seven Assorted Carribbean Islands, but World Champion of the World?? I didn’t even think that was possible.[/quote]

I’d wager my SUV vehicle and my personal PC computer that he was not the world champion of the whole world.

I don’t know if the workout is accurate or not. I can’t cite a definitive source.

As far as I know though Tyson only started using weights later on in his career. Early on, he didn’t, weight train as far as I know.

Mike Tyson is a beast in a man’s body. If that were true it wouldn’t surprise me, I don’t think a lot of you guys realize that atheltes at that high of a level are much, much different than the average fitness enthusiast.

[quote]charbreath wrote:
I believe it.

I also heard that Tyson had D’Amato and Holyfield sit on opposing sides of a barbell, whereupon Tyson would snatch the barbell, and then run 3 laps around the gym while shouting, “Mikie’s Number ONE! Mikie’s Number ONE!”[/quote]

This is obviously bullshit.

We all know Iron Mike couldn’t count to one.