Kurt Angle is a well known professional wrestler who has been inducted to WWE Hall of Fame at Wrestlemania. He was born in Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania on December 9, 1968. He is a former Olympic Gold medallist too. He says that he always wanted to be a professional wrestler and for that he took part in many amateur wrestling competitions. He was into wrestling from his school and college days. He competed in Summer Olympics in 1996 and he won a gold medal there. He competed in heavyweight wrestling. Later he was named as one of the top 15 college wrestlers of all the time.
He joined WWF (World Wrestling Federation) in 1998. Since then there was no looking back. He has bagged many titles and fames. He has won the competition of world heavyweight championship for four times. He also has won WCW championship two times. The list runs long as he also has won numerous more such titles for heavyweight wrestling.
He retired from WWE in 2006 and joined TNA (Total Nonstop Action Wrestling) which is another famous organization for wrestlers. There he won the title of TNA World Heavyweight Championship for five times. He has been the solo wrestler who has won the Triple Crown in the WWE and TNA both in the history of heavyweight wrestling. In 2010 Wrestling Observer Newsletter has named him the Wrestler of the Decade of the 2000s. Also, he is the second inductee in TNA Hall of Fame.
Kurt Angle Workout Routine and Diet Plan
As a wrestler, Kurt Angle follows a very healthy and strict lifestyle with great discipline. He takes only an appropriate and balanced diet and also follows a rigorous workout regime. He is 55 now yet he looks fitter than any young wrestler. He still holds the title of King of Ring which was given to him by his admirers.
Kurt Angle says that he has different goals in his life. Those can be winning Olympics (he has won the gold medal in men’s 100 kg freestyle wrestling in 1996) to become a professional wrestler. Now as he has retired from professional wrestling, life goals mean to him is to stay healthy and fit. He is a family person and now he wishes to stay healthy and watch his kids grow up. His brothers were his guiding force. As all of them were bodybuilders, he has always looked up to them and be like them. He had always cleared his queries from his brothers.
The Ten-hour regimen:
He used to work out for 10 hours a day when he was at the peak of his professional career. There was no rest day for him in a week. His morning workout consists of mile-long warming up running session. For this, he would choose the steepest hill in the area and then he used to do 200 yards sprint up and down the hill. Sometimes he used to sprint up with his partner on his back. Then there would be the bike for 40 minutes and that was followed by jump rope for 40 minutes. Next, he used to enter the sauna.
The afternoon workout was four hours long and it consisted of wrestling training like live wrestling, technique training, callisthenics, core training, and conditioning. The day was finished with a two-hour session of plyometrics and strength training. He said this is how he prepared himself for the Olympics.
Kurt Angle Diet Plan
Kurt believes that a balanced diet is key to good health and fitness. This is as important as the fitness regime.
- His breakfast is egg whites with low sugar oatmeal.
- In his lunch, he takes two chicken breasts and a large bowl of salad to increase the intake of fibres along with protein.
- After lunch, he takes a protein shake.
- In dinner, he takes a home-cooked steak along with a large bowl of salad.
- Later he takes another protein shake.
- For snacking he prefers popcorn and protein shake before going to bed.
Kurt Angle Workout Routine
He follows an intense workout routine and that comes with some variation to avoid monotony. He takes Sunday off so for the rest 6 days here is the workout plan:
- The routine for Monday – he starts with 3 sets of dumbbell presses with 10 repetitions. It follows 3 sets of machine bench press with 10 reps, 3 sets of machine triceps presses with 10 reps. After this, he does dumbbell rows, seated cable rows, dips, hammer curls, machine curls, kickbacks each in 3 sets with 8 to 10 reps.
- Routine for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – he runs for 3 to 6 miles, and then he does calf raises and squats each with 3 sets and 10 to 12 reps. later he ropes jump for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Routine for Wednesday – he does shrugs, military presses and triceps pushups each in 3 sets with 10 to 12 reps. Then he does crunches, leg raises and bicep curls with 15 to 20 reps in 3 sets.
- Routine for Friday – his day starts with incline bench presses, pullovers, machine flyers in 3 sets with 10 to 12 reps. then he does narrow grip lat pulldowns, seated cable rows, preacher curls and machine triceps presses in 3 sets with 10 reps.
- Sunday – rest.
Injuries are part of a wrestler’s life. Like any physical training, wrestling also can induce a lot of injuries. As per Kurt, one needs to work around them. He says humorously that he had broken almost every part of his body. When one gets hurt in the right knee, then he or she needs to work harder with the left knee. If the left arm is broken, one needs to work out with the right side of the body. Bodyworks on its own to get the balance as it does not like imbalance, if you work hard on your left leg when the right one is injured, when it gets cured, the body will make the right one stronger to match the tenacity of the left leg.
Kurt has broken his neck and is in need of fusing it within a few years. His knees are not in very good condition either, each of his knees had undergone four surgeries and arthritis or calcium build-up is an age issue which everyone has to deal with. He says when he will reach the age of 65 he may need to undergo the knee replacement surgery. But age, as per Kurt is a number and it is all in the head. In some days you may feel like 85 and in some days you may feel like 25.
Tips from Kurt:
This world-famous wrestler says people want quick result for everything. That is a wrong attitude though. One needs to set a long term goal. If you work out for two weeks and then lose interest, as there is no change in their body, then that will be unrealistic. The impact upon the body does not come up that soon, and one needs to be consistent with the training to see the result.