22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps stepped into the broadcast booth with announced Rowdy Gaines during the Arena Pro Swim Series last weekend in Orlando. Among the topics of discussion between the two swim celebrities was that of Phelps’ physique, which has been commented on by both swim fans and the Baltimore native’s in-pool rivals alike.
Especially after Phelps’ Curtain of Distraction appearance at the Arizona State University home basketball game, where the 30-year-old’s abs and chiseled lats were on full display, the mainstream took note of how ripped the greatest Olympian of all time has become.
In talking with Rowdy, Phelps commented that he’s “probably the most cut” he’s been in his life. Phelps not only attributes his hard-earned, envious figure to weight-training and what he’s doing in the pool, but he points out his alcohol abstinence has also played a major role.
“Not having a drink for over a year-and-a-half, it’s incredible. It’s not only my body — on a lot of different levels. It’s been amazing. I can really tell the difference with my body, sort of not carrying that weight on my back.”
Back in August right before the U.S. Nationals at which he clocked the world’s fastest times in 3 individual events, Phelps openly stated that he is not going to drink until after Rio – “if I ever drink again.” Phelps said sincerely the decision to not drink was one he made for himself, expressing, “I’m being honest with myself. Going into 2008 and 2012, I didn’t do that. I didn’t say I was going to take a year off from drinking and not have a drink.”