Mike Tyson’s Diet
Thanks to his trainer and guardian Cus D’Amato, Tyson took his diet fairly seriously. He ate things like steak and chicken for his proteins, oatmeal and pasta for energy and fruit juice rather than soda, and of course plenty of water. His snacks were things like protein powder and half a dozen bananas. But, he also had a sweet tooth and was known to cheat regularly with things like ice cream and cereal. After retirement, Tyson briefly followed a vegan diet and said it helped him drop over 100 lbs. and cured many of his health problems including arthritis and high blood pressure, but he has since returned to eating meat.
- Low-Medium Fat 20% 20%
- Medium-High Carb 50% 50%
- High Protein 50% 50%
Diet of Champions
Tyson’s meals were no-nonsense: oatmeal and milk for breakfast, chicken breast, rice and o.j. at lunch and steak, pasta and more juice for dinner.
A protein shake blended with 6 bananas made up a typical snack for Tyson.
Supplements Create Winners
Every morning with breakfast, Tyson would take vitamin supplements as part of his training regimen.
What to Eat
What to Avoid
Tyson on fixing his diet
‘I didn’t like the way I was feeling…I was just eating things without even figuring out what they are.’
Tyson on why he went vegan
‘When I reduced the amount of meat I was eating, the pain went away…It’s like a miracle.’
Tyson on veganism
‘The greatest gladiators, the greatest ones in Roman times, they were all vegan.’
Mike Tyson’s Fitness Routine
Weekly Workout Routine
Serious Training Schedule
In the lead-up to a fight, Tyson would train up to 60 hours per week. His only day of rest was Sunday.
An early run was Tyson’s first workout, followed by sparring, calisthenics, more sparring, bag work, and time on the stationary bicycle.
Tyson did not use headgear during sparring because his trainer believed it gave the boxer a false sense of security.
Put Your Neck Out There
Neck stretches were an important part of Tyson’s routine, but he’d be sure to stretch his entire body, doing things like plows, butterflies and hurdler’s stretches.
Rise & Run
Tyson would wake at 4 am to run 3-5 miles, then he’d shower and go back to bed for a few hours.
Ten times a day, six days a week, Tyson would do a routine of 200 sit-ups, 50 dips, 50 push-ups, 50 shoulder shrugs with weights and 10 minutes of neck bridges.
Go Go Go
Tyson’s routine in the month leading up to a fight was legendary: he would go 10 rounds, do calisthenics, eat, do some more sparring, then do his bag work, 60 minutes on the stationary bike, more calisthenics…you get the picture.
Before bed, Tyson would do a no-resistance 30-minute ride on the stationary bike for recovery purposes
A Mike Tyson Routine
Run: 3-5 miles
Spar: 10 rounds
Calisthenics (sit-ups, dips, push-ups, shrugs, neck bridges): 3 rounds
Spar: 4-6 rounds
Stationary bike: 60 min.
Calisthenics: 3 sets
Calisthenics: 5 sets
Slow shadow boxing: focus on 1 technique at a time
Stationary bike: 30 min., no resistance
Before bed: Study fight films
Tyson on rising early to train
‘[W]hile I train, my opponent is still sleeping.’
Tyson on the heavy bag
‘[It] works your strength through the hips.’
Tyson on the importance of attitude
‘Cus was all about manipulation, psychological warfare. He believed that 90% of boxing was psychological and not physical. Will, not skill.’
Tyson on being prepared
‘Everyone has a plan ’til they get punched in the mouth.’
Tyson on discipline
‘Discipline: doing what you hate to do, but do it like you love it.’
Tyson on perseverance
‘As long as we persevere and endure, we can get anything we want.’
Tyson on mistakes
‘There’s nothing wrong with mistakes, just don’t make the same ones. We don’t want to duplicate them.’
Tyson on his weakness
My biggest weakness is my sensitivity. I’m too sensitive a person.’
Mike Tyson’s Supplements
Tyson is a little cagey about the vitamins he took, but boxers and all athletes need plenty of protein to build muscle.
Creatine can help make you stronger and give you energy for longer workouts.
Beta-Alanine can also help extend your training sessions.
Caffeine is another popular pre-workout supplement amongst boxers to provide energy and improve reaction time.
HYDROXY METHYLBUTYRATE (HMB)
Hydroxy Methylbutyrate (HMB) can help reduce muscle wasting.
Vitamin D is needed to help absorb other nutrients, including calcium which adds to bone strength. Vitamin D also helps reduce inflammation in the body.
Mike Tyson’s Lifestyle
No Such Thing As Natural
Tyson’s trainer and guardian Cus D’Amato said there was no such thing a natural puncher and that it takes training and practice to develop. Tyson was hitting a 300-lb. bag by the time he turned 13. He eventually moved on to water bags because they felt more like hitting a real person.
Rising From the Ashes
Like a phoenix, Tyson has emerged from the wreckage of his bankruptcy to develop several health and cannabis-related businesses, including CBD-infused water, and a pain-reliever that contains hemp oil. He says cannabis helped him alleviate pain and is a better alternative to opiates that he got mixed up with.
Tyson said while he was in prison, he read about Mao and Arthur Ashe and liked them, so he put them on his arm. He was also a fan of Che Guevara, who wound up on his stomach.
TKO On Himself
Back in the ’80s, Nintendo created a video game called ‘Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out’ that was nearly impossible to beat. Tyson says he’s no good at it, and prefers Call of Duty. When he plays that game, he says his kids stay out of his way
Tyson on intimidation
‘I don’t try to intimidate anyone before a fight. That’s nonsense. I intimidate people by hitting them.’
Tyson on his infamous biting of Evander Holyfield’s ear
‘I ain’t the same person I was when I bit that guy’s ear off.’
Tyson on becoming the youngest heavyweight champ
‘I wished my mentor, Cus D’Amato was there. He deserved to be there, and I deserved to have him there.’
Tyson on himself
‘I’m not Mother Teresa, but I’m not Charles Manson either.’
Tyson on his pain-relieving products
‘No one knows pain better than I do.’
Tyson on regrets
‘Thinking regretfully means I don’t appreciate this life, and this is an awesome life. But I don’t know if I’d call it peace.’
Tyson on freedom
‘Real freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn’t have a cent.’
Tyson on temptation
The temptation for greatness is the biggest drug in the world.’
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