Lewis Hamilton admits he didn’t have a training and nutrition strategy when he was younger and just “got in the car and drove to win”.
In an interview with Austrian Sport Business Magazin Lewis Hamilton was asked how he stays physically fit.
“I work a lot with weights, but I have to be careful because Formula 1 drivers shouldn’t be too heavy,” said the Briton.
“More muscles mean more pounds. As a driver you need a good cardiovascular system, because at a Grand Prix you have an average heartbeat of 160 to 170 beats per minute. That’s why I run a lot.”
Lewis admits he wasn’t really focusing all that much on his training regimen when he was younger, but that has changed with age.
“When I was young I had a lot of energy and the feeling that I could do anything. I didn’t have a strategy and I didn’t stretch. I got in the car and drove to win.
“But over the years I’ve experimented with different disciplines like boxing and muay thai. Today I do a lot of Pilates.”
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The seven-time champion reveals he has struggled with “inconsistent” energy levels before he switched to a plant-based diet.
“I decided to eat a plant-based diet three years ago. The only thing I regret is that I didn’t do it before.
“I never thought that I would love falafel, avocado, beetroot or dried fruit. My fitness level has improved significantly since then.
“I was at the top before I changed my diet, but my energy levels were inconsistent. My sleep and health in general have also improved. I’m in better shape now at 36 than at 25.
And, finally, how does Lewis rest after participating in such an adrenaline-driven sport?
“Unplugging the power cord is fundamental. It’s so important to relax after a race. I love spending time with my friends and family. But I can’t live without adrenaline.
“I love everything that makes my heart beat faster, skiing, skydiving, surfing or training,” concluded Hamilton.