What is Michael Phelps' training schedule?


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Michael Phelps training schedule, as of 2012, is about six hours of swimming per day, six days per week. He also lifts weights for an hour and stretches for an hour three days per week.

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What is Michael Phelps' training schedule?
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Michael Phelps swims an average of eight miles a day during his six hours of swimming. He begins his training at 6:30 a.m. Phelps' sets when swimming are between 50 to 800 meters. Certain sets are timed, such as his 200 meter sets, which have to be done within three minutes. He practices the backstroke, butterfly, freestyle and individual medley.

Phelps produces one-third the amount of lactic acid of an average swimmer, which allows him to swim without muscle burn. His heart also pumps approximately twice as much blood to his muscles as the average human male's heart.

Phelps is coached by Bob Bowman as of 2014 and has been training under him since he was 11 years old. As of 2014, he has won the most Olympic medals of all time, 22, and the most gold medals, 18. Phelps has won the "Swimming World Magazine" World Swimmer of the Year Award seven times. Phelps has set 39 swimming world records as of 2014, and seven of those records are still standing. Individual records number 29, and 10 are relay records.

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