Michael Phelps, the Olympic swimming champion cites Graston Technique as part of what kept him in top form
For those of you who have never experienced it, Graston Technique or GT treatment is an extraordinarily effective method of soft tissue treatment we have used for years. Many of our athletes as well as our regular patients have had great results from GT treatment, with the problems they experienced resolving quickly, when other methods had failed. When used properly, instrument assisted soft tissue treatment such as GT are an important tool in resolving painful conditions affecting the muscles and tendons.
Michael Phelps is again going for the gold this year at the Olympics in England and in this article, talks about how GT treatment helped him stay in top form.
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Michael Phelps: The Greatest American Hero
After the scandals and the setbacks, the greatest swimmer ever is recharged, relaxed, and ready to take his final shot in London. The inside story of how a skinny kid from Baltimore assembled the best body of work—and body—in U.S. Olympic history.
Weight: 195 lb
Most athletes follow a regimen that builds endurance, strength, and power over the course of a year. Under coach Bob Bowman, the mastermind of the long-term view, Michael Phelps mapped out a 16-year plan for world domination—the entire duration of his career. In the years before the 2004 Athens Games, Phelps focused on building a massive aerobic capacity, logging 50 miles a week in the pool. Leading up to his record-smashing performance in Beijing in 2008, he added four days a week of weight-intense dry-land training—Keenan Robinson, Phelps’ trainer, rotates through a bottomless bag of routines to keep Phelps at the top of his game—and 10 pounds of water-slicing muscle. Fourteen gold (and two bronze) Olympic medals later, he’s all about power as he prepares to storm London. In addition to knocking out four sets of five pull-ups while wearing a 40-pound vest, “I’m doing more Olympic-style lifts, like power cleans and snatches and plyometric push presses and box jumps, to get explosive power for jumping off the block and pushing out of turns,” Phelps says. “At this point in my career, everybody has caught up. So I’m fine-tuning the little things that add up to make a huge difference.”
DETAILS: You didn’t take a day off for six years leading into the 2004 Athens Games. What was that like?
Michael Phelps: I used to have a thing—coach Bob [Bowman] and I couldn’t talk to each other before 8 a.m. because I was in a terrible mood. I don’t like getting up that early. Getting into the cold pool just isn’t fun. It sucks. But during those six years it was a sacrifice that I made to try to become my best. So yeah, in bed at 10 or earlier every night. Waking up at 6:30 every day. When I was a kid, I would do anything. Whatever Bob told me to do, I would do about 10 times better. I wanted to be the best. I still do.