F1 champion Lewis Hamilton's intense workout regime and diet that keeps him race ready – Herts Live

Lewis Hamilton has to keep to a strict workout routine to keep himself in top race condition
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As 2023 is now well underway, many people's goals will be to get in shape and eat more healthily. Fitness goals can be daunting, and it's sometimes hard to know what to do, so many people look for advice from the experts.
Sportspeople have to be on top of their fitness all the time when competing. Stevenage-born seven-time Formula One racing champion Sir Lewis Hamilton has to keep to a strict workout routine to keep himself in top condition for his races with Mercedes.
Lewis continues his quest to beat Michael Schumacher to become the only Formula One racing driver with eight championship wins. Here is his workout regime and diet that helps him aim to be the best in his sport, as reported by fitness site Total Shape.
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Lewis has discussed his fitness in many interviews and, being an F1 driver, he is subjected to "extreme conditions" where he must have enough strength to resist the forces he experiences when driving at high speeds. Excess weight can have an impact on the car's performance and slow it down, therefore he cannot get too bulked up or gain lots of muscle.
The Mercedes driver must ensure he doesn't overdo it while he does his regular weight training. He focuses mostly on cardio as he needs better cardiovascular muscles during races when the F1 car gets over 190kmph.
Lewis' heart rate will be consistently reaching highs of 160 bpm, which means he must ensure his body is able to cope. He has also mentioned that he takes part in Pilates, which allows him to maintain a flexible, lean and muscular body. He also trains his core to ensure he can be stable when driving and also support his other muscles.
Lewis commented on the physical impacts that racing has on your body in a masterclass talk. He said: "A Formula One driver, it's generally an all-round workout when you're in the car. Your core stability is really at the centre of everything, so having the strength to withstand the body moving side to side, hip flexes and glutes because you're accelerating with the petals, not heavy but you're holding intense pressure on the pedal for a long period of time.
"And then your neck is probably the one that fatigues the most. Your helmet and your head weigh a lot. It's about 22 pounds, and obviously, six times that weight through a corner for a sustained period of time is heavy."
Lewis stated he trains his neck separately by laying off an edge of a bench or a bed, and carries out weight lifting on his neck with a helmet that weighs 22 pounds and does weight lifting in all different directions. Lewis' day-to-day training consists of:
Core workout (after each routine):

Sets: 3
Reps: 30 seconds
Workout type: Circuit training:
Lewis became vegan a few years ago and, to this day, he still sticks to a vegan diet. He stated that he feels healthier than when he was young and in his 20s due to this diet.
Lewis has not outright revealed the exact diet that he follows, however, he has mentioned that he eats foods including falafel, avocado, beetroot, fresh fruits as well as giving a general outline of what he might eat in a day.
For breakfast, Lewis opts for avocado on toast or, avocado and fruit with a smoothie. On smoothies, Lewis said: "I always have smoothies.
"I love having various smoothies with plant-based protein. I generally have that probably two or three times a day because it’s super quick, super easy, put it in the blender and you can take it with you."
For lunch, Lewis consumes salad, plenty of avocado and a great deal of vegetables.
For dinner, Lewis has previously mentioned his love for plant-based curries. He will add to these meals, but they give a good guide as to what he might eat to stay fit and healthy for his racing.
Pilates over the weekend

Lewis has also mentioned how he enjoys doing Pilates workouts. Pilates can help you get a flexible body and tone your muscles, while burning many calories and it will also strengthen your core.
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