It might look easy but being crowned a five-times F1 world champion takes blood, sweat, and tears, along with a training regime that would make most of us head for the hills. Let’s take a look at the regime that has made Lewis Hamilton the powerhouse he is today.
It is no wonder that Hamilton is in such good condition, as F1 is a physical activity that can see the heart rate reach 190 beats per minute in extreme conditions. Today’s elite drivers – many of whom can be seen from the F1 Paddock Club Monaco – are serious about not just their heart health but also their general health.
A healthy plate
Hamilton sticks to a healthy protein-rich and low-carb diet and confesses to not having a huge appetite. Fizzy drinks are an absolute no-no.
Those who like the high life can find out more about the F1 Paddock Club in Monaco for that extra bit of luxury. Hamilton is the crème de la crème – he is the richest sports star in the UK, worth an astonishing £68m.
No pain, no gain
Interestingly, people don’t often consider F1 drivers to be athletes; however, this is exactly what they are. The training is intense, with many demands on the body; for example, braking and driving around a corner create G-forces of up to 6G, which is greater than a re-entering space shuttle. The neck muscles are pivotal in this. In his early career, Hamilton would wear his helmet – weighing in at 10kg – as much as he could to build up these muscles.
All part of the package
It might not strictly be seen as part of a healthy lifestyle, but his faith is important to him and he keeps his mental, emotional and spiritual health in good form. A devout Christian, Hamilton recently said: “I’ve come from nowhere. I feel really blessed to be here. I think there’s a reason I’m here.”
Hamilton is indeed a sporting great but has admitted in the past that it is a long year. Passionate about music, he has written his own songs and is keen to develop this passion. Who knows – he may become a singing post-F1 superstar when he retires from the sport!