How Did Usain Bolt Train During his Prime? Olympic Legend Reveals Daily Routine

Published 12/29/2021, 11:06 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 05: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates during a lap of honour following finishing in third place in the mens 100m final during day two of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 5, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)


Usain Bolt has proved himself as the best in the business, on multiple occasions. The athlete’s historic performance at the 2009 World Championships led to a new world record, one that is still unbeaten. With that performance, Bolt earned himself the title of the fastest man on the planet.

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Safe to say, only sheer hard work and dedication can lead to such a magnificent outcome. Bolt has revealed in the past how excruciating his training sessions were back then.

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During an interview, the athlete was asked about his daily training regimen before retirement in and off-season. Bolt opened up about how athletes change their routines depending on the time of the year.

Usain Bolt talks about his training schedule before retirement

Bolt’s ultimate goal was always to reach the peak and be able to wave his country’s flag on the top. The athlete has worked hard throughout his life to get where he is today.

In an interview recently, Bolt shared his training regime from when he was actively competing. Bolt said, “In season is a lot shorter, because I’m a sprinter so, we do quicker stuff, less volume and stuff like that. So, maybe two hours, two and a half, you know, I mean, depends on how long the coach wants the session to be.”

Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts as he wins the Olympic mens 200m final in a new world record time in the Birds Nest stadium, Beijing on August 20th 2008 in Beijing, China (Photo by Tom Jenkins/Getty Images). An image from the book “In The Moment” published June 2012

After his training session, the athlete would see his masseuse for some extra work. There he focussed on strengthening his hamstring, calf, and back, before hitting abs again.

Bolt’s off-season training regime

After the busy in-season schedule, the off-season training program would begin. Notably, these sessions were longer ones since they included a lot more running.

In the interview, Bolt also opened up on off-season training, which comparatively required more time.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 19: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning the Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

“In the off-season, the training program is longer because there’s much a lot more running involved. So, you go up to three hours, three and a half, it depends again on what the coach gives us,” said Bolt.

Even though Usain Bolt is retired, he makes it a point to train as much as he can and keep himself fit. That being said, do you think ‘lightning Bolt’ stands a chance to return to the track in 2022?

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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