Day in the Life:
In Honor and Remembrance of Muhammad Ali, the Greatest.
Three-time heavyweight champion, Olympic gold-medalist and American hero Muhammad Ali passed away on Friday, June 3rd, 2016. Ali lived a colorful life, fought for individual freedom in the truest sense of the word, and left behind a boxing legacy that, in his own words, “won’t be seen again in our generation… not for another 200, 400 years.”
A Day in the Life: Muhammad Ali
- 430AM – Wake Up, Shower and Pray
- 530AM – Run for 6 miles in heavy boots
- 7AM – Breakfast of eggs, toast, 100% orange juice & lots of water
- 9AM – Late-morning Movie
- 11AM – Nap
- 1230PM – Physical Training
- 4PM – Massage
- 5PM – Dinner of chicken, steak, green beans, potatoes & fruit
- 6PM – Evening Walk
- 7PM – Shower and Pray
- 8PM – Watch TV and Relax
- 10PM – Bedtime
Ali started each morning with prayer and a long outdoor run, or “roadwork” in boxing parlance. Running was a core part of his training – endurance and ability to maintain stamina through 15 rounds was a key advantage for a heavyweight. He used heavy boots to increase the leg workout. Ali enjoyed running and would choose it frequently over public transportation.
Ali worked out six days a week, and would train anywhere between two to fourteen weeks ahead of a fight. “I hated every minute of training but I said, ‘Don’t quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
Ali spent his early days training at the 5th Street Gym in Miami, Florida. Jumping rope was a staple part of his workout, with around 10-20 dedicated minutes. He was considered one of the best jump ropers in boxing and believed it aided his quickness in the ring.
Muhammad Ali had a solid appetite and loved hamburgers. He actually opened up a chain of hamburger restaurants called ChampBurger in his former home state of Florida. He was very weight conscious, even after his fighting days, and felt guilty when he gained extra weight.
ChampBurger was intended to be a nationwide restaurant franchise serving all beef “hot dogs, fried chicken, fried fish, boiled fish, other food products and soft drinks including his own endorsed Mr. Champ soda.” Unfortunately, the chain never grew outside of Miami as the company never gained enough investors and got bogged down in a lengthy and expensive court case with stockholders.
Muhammad prided himself on never drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes. After victories, he would celebrate with friends and family over orange juice at home and keep his bedtime.
Ali strived to pray five times a day to abide by his Islamic faith, but typically averaged twice a day – once at dawn and a second time at dusk. In keeping with his religion, he would be sure to shower each time before prayer to make sure he was clean from head to toe. His favorite downtime activity was watching TV. He loved watching his old fights, especially the Thrilla in Manilla and Rumble in the Jungle. Other times he would opt for baseball or basketball games.
Rest in Power
Muhammad was not just a fighter in the ring, but outside as well. He stood up for his rights and refused to participate in what he felt was an unjust Vietnam War. He preached for racial unity and spent his retirement working vigorously for multiple charities. He befriended many heads of state during his lifetime and is widely regarded as an American hero.
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