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Ryan Lochte of the U.S. competes in the men's 200m backstroke final at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai July 29, 2011. (CARLOS BARRIA/Reuters)
Ryan Lochte of the U.S. competes in the men's 200m backstroke final at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai July 29, 2011. (CARLOS BARRIA/Reuters)

Lochte alters training to catch Phelps in the pool Add to ...

While the Canadian swim team is holding its Olympic trials in Montreal, there’s a second meet that’s drawing keen interest in the U.S.

The Indianapolis Grand Prix, a lead-up to the U.S. Olympic trials in late June, features a marquee match-up between 16-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps and the man many think could upstage him this summer in London, Ryan Lochte.

The two rivals, who double as fast friends, will meet twice Thursday, in the 100-metre freestyle and the 100-metre butterfly. On Saturday, they are slated to compete again in the 200-m individual medley.

Like every other swimmer, Lochte was lost in the Michael Phelps’ 24-karat tour de force that was the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Phelps won a record eight gold medals; Lochte took him two gold and a pair of bronze medals.

Vowing to be better for his 2012 assignment, Lochte twice beat Phelps at last year’s world championships en route to winning five gold medals and a bronze. Some of that success can be attributed to Lochte’s nouveau training routine, which includes dragging ship chains, tossing kegs and sledge-hammering industrial-sized tires.

Lochte’s unusual regimen was designed by University of Florida assistant director strength and conditioning coach Matt DeLancey. A former strongman competitor, DeLancey works with a number of Florida Gator sports teams and Olympic athletes, creating programs to enhance their power, speed and ability to lift strange objects over their head.

“(Lochte) will outwork everybody,” DeLancey told Men’s Fitness magazine. “He’s not afraid to throw up. He’s kind of a Spartan. He’ll run head-on into a train if he thinks it’s going to make him better.”

Check out the video of Lochte training strongman-style in his London bid to better the mighty Phelps.



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