Strongman Training
Credit: 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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