Floyd Mayweather has one of the most physically demanding workout regimens around.
Floyd Mayweather’s boxing workout and training routine is as intense as ever. The undefeated “Money” Mayweather is 48-0, defeating Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in what many deemed as the biggest fight in the history of boxing.
As someone who enjoys the spotlight, Mayweather usually trains in front of 50 to 60 people. Nevertheless, he trains with utmost concentration and doesn’t allow any of the fans to distract him. “A thousand people want you to say ‘hi’ or take pictures, but I don’t come to the gym to take pictures; I come to the gym to bust my ass and work hard to be the best that I can be,” he said in an interview with AskMen.
Here is a typical Mayweather training session:
Shadow boxing: Warms up the muscles for the more strenuous bag workout that lies ahead. Shadow boxing in front of a mirror can help perfect technique and practice both offensive and defensive exercises.
Spars between 7 and 12 rounds (depending on how he feels): Best replicates a boxing match, working on all facets of boxing skill and technique.
Works the heavy bag for 20 or 30 minutes: Maximizes powerful punches and strikes.
Floor work: Builds up strength, specifically in the core. A strong core is essential in becoming a top boxer and athlete.
Pad work: Increases speed, coordination and timing.
Bodysuit work: Body shots can throw the opponent off balance and knock the wind out of them.
Speed bag: Jab speed is one of the most effective ways to throw off the rhythm of an opponent.
Neck work with weights: A strong neck is key for durability and injury prevention from repeated strikes to the head.
200 sit-ups, pull-ups, dips, jump rope, double-end bag: A circuit routine like this helps boost muscular endurance and strength throughout the entire body.
5-8 mile run: A long-distance run works on those slow-twitch muscle fibers that are needed for proper endurance in the ring to go the distance.
Mayweather is built like a rock with one of the strongest set of ab muscles in the ring. No wonder it’s hard to knock him out.
For his preparation of Pacquiao, Mayweather chopped wood with an ax, drawing a parallel to the old-school training method of Rocky Balboa. This type of unconventional training has many benefits, specifically for the core. Swinging wood doesn’t work the arms as much as you may think. It is actually better for core and for cardiovascular training. If you bring the ax down the center line of your body, then back up the center line when you reload, it activates the same muscles that a crunch would, but with even more resistance.
He also uses a Cryosauna, a new-aged version of an ice bath, to help with his recovery. The temperature inside the frozen cylinder can get as cold as -115 degrees Celsius. The machine, full of liquid nitrogen, works by essentially tricking your body into thinking you’re going into hypothermia. As a result, it sends blood from your arms and legs into your core, picking up enzymes, oxygen and nutrients. As you get out of the machine, the blood circulates back through your body.
In terms of his diet, Mayweather hired Chef Q, a private chef who lives near him in Las Vegas. She cooks his meals for $1,000 a plate. I guess that’s a small price to pay for him since he’s worth an estimated 300 million dollars! Chef Q is available for him 24 hours a day and 7 days a week and will cook him whatever he wants at any time. Every single thing Floyd eats is whipped from scratch. “He likes everything fresh. Nothing from bottles or cans because they have different preservatives that are not healthy for your body,” Chef Q told TMZ.
Mayweather’s chef posted this pic to her Instagram. You can see one of the many meals she is making for him.
So, what does Floyd eat?
“His favorite dish is spaghetti or tacos. For the Pacquiao fight, he’ll be focusing on high-levels of protein with no carbs — turkey, chicken, beef and fish … NO PORK! Also, we are really big on juicing right now. So if Floyd wants something to drink, it’s juiced through organic fruits,” she said.
Mayweather admits to drinking a little soda once in a while and having cheat meals. He is a big lover of fast food, especially Fatburger. However, he practically eliminates it from his diet the closer he gets to a fight.
Cheat meals are a great way to stay disciplined with a strict eating regimen. If you are always eating clean foods and meals that aren’t tasty, you are more likely to end up with a huge unhealthy eating binge. Having cheat meals once in a while keeps you sane and allows you to enjoy the pleasures of food without feeling guilty about it. In addition, cheat meals have been shown to increase metabolism if done at specific times.
Floyd Mayweather is one of the most successful boxers of all time and his workout and diet regimen is one of the biggest reasons why.
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