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    Phelps is a god.


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    Greatest Olympic hero of all time. Tonight he has no finals, just the semi-finals of the 200 IM. The 8 Gold are looking good.
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    the guy is scary good. He makes it seem effortless
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    And he gets to eat 10,000 calories a day for maintenance (as reported via the news). Apparently he swims so damn much that he has to eat nearly 10k calories to maintain his bodyweight of 190lbs and no matter how much he eats he can't seem to crest the 190lb mark. Not that it matters, he's still beast.
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    88km per week he swims. freak. i hate him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nabisco View Post
    And he gets to eat 10,000 calories a day for maintenance (as reported via the news). Apparently he swims so damn much that he has to eat nearly 10k calories to maintain his bodyweight of 190lbs and no matter how much he eats he can't seem to crest the 190lb mark. Not that it matters, he's still beast.
    Yahoo news posted his 12,500 calorie/day daily diet. No way was it 12,500 but it was a lot. Very unhealthy though, made me cringe... but I guess when you swim that much it doesnt matter.
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    Here is the breakdown of his meals.

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/08132008...rge_124248.htm
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    Yeah, I read 12k today. Freaking nuts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nabisco View Post
    Ok, I just read that article. 1,000 calories worth of energy drinks in one sitting? Pizza? Chocolate chip pancakes? French toast? Powdered sugar? Mayo? White bread?

    Man, I'm in the wrong sport. :bb3:
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    honestly guys who guys a flying **** about swimming when olympics isnt on. Nobody gives a crap about swimming and are you really telling me the top athletes go into swimming..... no wayyyy the real athletes go into fball bball and baseball
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcneil0303 View Post
    honestly guys who guys a flying **** about swimming when olympics isnt on. Nobody gives a crap about swimming and are you really telling me the top athletes go into swimming..... no wayyyy the real athletes go into fball bball and baseball
    That is an incredibly ignorant statement. How many people do you see competing in football, basketball, and baseball on an elite level. A lot. How many do you see competing on an elite level in swimming? Not too many, because it's an incredibly difficult sport to compete at an elite level in. Just because swimming isn't a glorified sport in the US doesn't mean it doesn't have a following elsewhere.

    I've lived in Australia for a few years and its a fairly big deal to them. I'm just astounded that you wouldn't consider Michael Phelps a "real athlete" when the dude is the greatest olympian EVER. How that makes him less than a "real athlete" is beyond my comprehension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Usf97j4x4 View Post
    Yahoo news posted his 12,500 calorie/day daily diet. No way was it 12,500 but it was a lot. Very unhealthy though, made me cringe... but I guess when you swim that much it doesnt matter.
    Swimmer's diets are weird though, I saw a documentary on some older guy swimming across the english channel, and he had a big time pot belly and mostly just ate gobs & gobs of pasta with butter, etc.

    I think the bottom line for them must be energy no matter where it comes from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcneil0303 View Post
    honestly guys who guys a flying **** about swimming when olympics isnt on. Nobody gives a crap about swimming and are you really telling me the top athletes go into swimming..... no wayyyy the real athletes go into fball bball and baseball
    That was so incredibly stupid, I don't even know where to start.
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    If you look at his diet... HE NEEDS CARBS. And LOTS of em. I mean three french toast, and three pancakes, plus a sh!t ton of grits.

    We dont do 88K a week of swimming, or you too could eat like he does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcneil0303 View Post
    honestly guys who guys a flying **** about swimming when olympics isnt on. Nobody gives a crap about swimming and are you really telling me the top athletes go into swimming..... no wayyyy the real athletes go into fball bball and baseball
    Of lord that is dumb. Try swimming a 400M strait out.... see if your little cardio program even stacks up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAdams91982 View Post
    Of lord that is dumb. Try swimming a 400M strait out.... see if your little cardio program even stacks up.

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    Swimming is one of the best overall types of exercise for general fitness period. A lot of people don't realize how adaptive it can be, the more lean body mass you have, the stronger you have to be to swim with it, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightwanderer View Post
    Swimmer's diets are weird though, I saw a documentary on some older guy swimming across the english channel, and he had a big time pot belly and mostly just ate gobs & gobs of pasta with butter, etc.

    I think the bottom line for them must be energy no matter where it comes from.
    That's open water swimming though. That is COLD water, and they absolutely NEED bodyfat for swims like that or their bodies will completely shut down and they will DIE out there. I was watching a documentary on a woman who swam in 50-some degree water for a couple of hours. They were talking about how most people's bodies would just shut on them after a few minutes out there, but she could just keep on going. Her bf% was like 50-something % or something ridiculous. I think she was like 5'3" 200lbs. Adding tons of bf is the only way you can swim in water that cold and survive. If I were to jump in that water I'd probably last like 30 seconds!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nabisco View Post
    That is an incredibly ignorant statement. How many people do you see competing in football, basketball, and baseball on an elite level. A lot. How many do you see competing on an elite level in swimming? Not too many, because it's an incredibly difficult sport to compete at an elite level in. Just because swimming isn't a glorified sport in the US doesn't mean it doesn't have a following elsewhere.

    I've lived in Australia for a few years and its a fairly big deal to them. I'm just astounded that you wouldn't consider Michael Phelps a "real athlete" when the dude is the greatest olympian EVER. How that makes him less than a "real athlete" is beyond my comprehension.

    But enjoy your ride home on the short bus.
    oh my lord, american footballers are hardly athletes,theres maybe a few guys in tip top shape, the rest are fat fckers, and baseballis it over yet?
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    I don't give a flying **** about swimming even when the Olympics are on but you can't deny Phelps' abilities as an athlete... If you do, you're pretty much an idiot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayhawkk View Post
    I don't give a flying **** about swimming even when the Olympics are on but you can't deny Phelps' abilities as an athlete... If you do, you're pretty much an idiot.
    lmao x2
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    Quote Originally Posted by shaddow View Post
    That's open water swimming though. That is COLD water, and they absolutely NEED bodyfat for swims like that or their bodies will completely shut down and they will DIE out there.
    Yeah I forgot about water temp. makes me wonder if all the 'thermogenic' ingredients used in weight reduction supps really even help, I'm sure swimmers don't get as hot as we do, and obviously guys like phelps can get shredded up pretty well.
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    I think in one of the recent interviews they talked about bbeing in the pool between 5-7 hours a day. No wonder he can eat the way he does. No one can deny the type of athlete he is. That is just freakish
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    Alright Phelps fans, he is going for Gold #6 tonight in the 200 IM. He also has the semi finals in the 100 Fly. If he wins the 200 IM and 100 Fly Speedo is giving him a 1 million dollar bonus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Australian made View Post
    oh my lord, american footballers are hardly athletes,theres maybe a few guys in tip top shape, the rest are fat fckers, and baseballis it over yet?
    I think you mistook my statement. I was saying Phelps was an elite athlete and that American football players were NOT on his level. I was responding to a statement by a previous poster who said Phelps was not a "real" athlete like football players.
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    i know what you meant mate. football is the USA's most popular sport right?
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    I think "best Olympic athlete of all-time" is a exaggerated, but he definitely dominates his sport like no other athlete in their domain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBrightside View Post
    I think "best Olympic athlete of all-time" is a exaggerated, but he definitely dominates his sport like no other athlete in their domain.
    its impossible to determine. back in the early days you were only allowed to enter 4 events. there were various athletes who were capable of winning more then 9 golds in their careers but were restricted for that reason. The 1940 olympics was also cancelled which meant a few current champions were not able to add to their tallys. Fact is PHelps is amazing at what he does. I don't see why he has to be compared to anyone else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Australian made View Post
    oh my lord, american footballers are hardly athletes,theres maybe a few guys in tip top shape, the rest are fat fckers, and baseballis it over yet?
    Completely untrue. Find me another sport that harbors as many <4.3 forty yard dashers than football and I'll bow to whatever that is. Until then, football holds the best pure athletes in the world, period. Their average vertical jump is much higher than basketball players, they are much faster, more agile, and more explosive than any other athletes, the linemen are brutally strong, and the power of the running backs and some wide receivers are simply mindblowing.
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    agreed they are freaks no doubt, too bad they never get to fully utilise there speed and strength due to the stop/start nature of the NFL.
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