Nathan Adrian, 10 Pounds of Muscle Mass Stronger Since London – Gold Medal Minute Video

Nathan Adrian, 4-time Olympic medalist, is making the pro swim life work for him.  Since his stunning win over James Magnussen (Swimming Australia) in the 100 freestyle at the 2012 London Olympic Games, Adrian has been in high demand for appearances and corporate partnerships. Repped by the same sports management company (Octagon) that reps Michael Phelps, Adrian’s travel schedule has been brutal. He’s on the road 3 out of 4 weekends. Fortunately for him, he has graduated from UC Berkeley and has the time to train, recover and fulfil his demanding schedule. Adrian’s not concerned about early 2013 swims, though he put down a 48.3 at the Austin Grand Prix in the 100 free breaking a 20+ year pool record held by Matt Biondi.

ADRIAN: “Right now is just rehearsal for World Championships later this summer, and whoever gets their hand on the wall first will be World Champion.”  

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Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist from the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. He is also the co-founder of SwimSwam. This video series is a Gold Medal Media production.


  1. European says:

    Getting muscle doesn’t always mean getting stronger :)

  2. Philip Johnson says:

    he has to be one of the biggest 100 free swimmers out there. excited to see what he can do in the 50.

  3. Steve Nolan says:

    Bwahaha I love that he called classes “extracurriculars.”

  4. Jord says:

    Adrian and Mags stand alone in the 100. One, if not both, will break 47 at worlds.

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see Adrian go 21.4 range for the 50.

    • 21.4 will put him as the only guy who can actually goes against Cielo and Manadou (Cielo had a terrible OG but he still went 21.38 on 2012)

      But sub-47 I think only Magnussen may be capable of something like that by now..

  5. ChestRockwell says:

    That is also 10 more pounds he has to move through the water. I’m positive this guy knows what he is doing, but for all the younger, less experienced swimmers out there, strength gain and size gain aren’t the same thing!

    • Braden Keith Braden Keith says:

      I think Cesar Cielo shows what the risks are. He put up a lot of muscle this last year, and I don’t think he was very happy with the results. Gotta do it right!

      • ChestRockwell says:

        Exactly, not only does “bigger” mean more drag, but muscle is dense and doesn’t float. The body suits were so helpful for big, muscular guys because of the compression and buoyancy, without that, that body type will suffer. It is a thin line to tread.

      • DDias says:

        I think 50 and 100 free are different “animals”.In 50 free, after the breakout, you need around 15 seconds of strenght.100free is a lot more control and endurance.The parity(50/100free) was what destroyed Cielo.Without the suits, its a lot harder to do without overlook something.At Olympics, his start and underwater sucked big time(dont know if was knee injury related).
        I will not be surprised if Adrian blasts a time around 21.3…he has 21.55 from 2010!But i will be surprised if he can do with a strong parity(like 21.3 in 50 free and 46.9 in 100 free).We dont have that(besides suit years) since Popov kingdom in sprints.
        We can add(as example) Rebecca Soni in the mix.We dont need to explain how good she is in breaststroke.But she wanst capable to break 1.05mid in 100 doing a monstruous 2.19 in 200!
        The equilibrium is not easy.In textile years the bests 50/100free combo are: Magnussen 21.7/47.10,Cielo 21.58/47.84(2011, best in 2012 was 21.38/47.92 not in same competition) and even dont being in the same competition, i think we can put Adrian 21.6(trials)/47.5.

        • ANOM says:

          Adrian wasn’t fully tapered at trials, so he probably would’ve been 21.3-4 at London.

          • DDias says:

            very hard to tell.50 free was after 100 events, and a tired body dont responds in the same way.In last Worlds champs, Adrian made goods 48.04(with 22.58 opening!) but only 21.9 in 50 free.

  6. Flutterby says:

    Adrian swam a nice 50 yarder a few weeks ago.
    He and Ervin swam an exhibition race during a break at the Cal/USC meet and Nathan went 18.73, making it look really easy.

  7. john26 says:

    to be honest.. the amount of easy speed adrian seemed to have this summer. I would not be surprised if he wouldve beaten manaudou for gold had he swum it.

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Mel Stewart, aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, and USA Swimming. Mel has also worked as an Olympic analyst for ABC, NBC, EPSN, FOX SPORTS and TBS. At SwimSwam.com, Mel hosts Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com, a weekly report featuring the world’s fastest swimmers and Olympic medalists. Read More »