Six-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte may be spending 20 hours a week swimming to train for the 2012 London Olympics, but as he told writer Stephen Rodrick in the August 2012 issue of 'Men's Journal': "I try not to let swimming define who I am." In other words, he has a life, and we were able to find a few examples of that in Rodrick's original interview with the free-spirited champ, who also graces the cover in a stunning shot by photographer Jake Chessum (photo-shoot outtakes of which are featured in this Web-exclusive Ryan Lochte gallery). From other sports to sports cars, Lochte's extracurricular activities definitely keep him out of the pool. Here are six of his favorites. Launch Gallery >>
Photograph by Jake Chessum
Besides a relentless schedule that has him in the pool nine times a week (totaling 50,000 to 90,000 meters), Lochte augments his workouts by training Strongman-style each Sunday under University of Florida strength coach and former Strongman competitor Matt DeLancey. These "Strongman Sunday" sessions are no joke: In them, Lochte tosses kegs, clings and presses logs, and drags a 500-pound chain (pictured) back and forth (what DeLancey calls the "man-maker"). Lochte is hoping that the program will set him apart in 2012. "We've made it to where it has helped me in the pool," he says of the increased endurance, among other benefits.
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Credit: Jake Chessum