The workout and diet of Mo Farah: Secrets of an Olympic body
00:33 GMT, 7 August 2012
He's our golden boy after becoming the first Briton to win Olympic gold in the 10,000m — with hopes he can do the same in the 5,000m final this Saturday.
But how does the 29-year-old prepare
Guided by coach Alberto Salazar, he trains in Portland, Oregon, where he runs 120 miles a week, often at a speed of a mile in 5.4 minutes.
'I don't have a special diet. But I eat lots of protein after running. And I fuel up on pasta,' said Mo Farah
Some sessions are performed on an underwater treadmill which provides less risk of injury than track running.
After training, he spends time in a cryogenic chamber to aid muscle recovery.
He works with his conditioning coach four times a week, sees a sports psychologist and has his technique analysed by a sports biomechanist.
‘I don’t have a special diet,’ Farah says. ‘But I eat lots of protein after running. And I fuel up on pasta.’
Mo Farah is our golden boy after becoming the first Briton to win Olympic gold in the 10,000m
Insider tip: Caryl Becker, Team GB’s chief physio, suggests the ‘standing calf stretch’ after a run.
Stand with one foot forward and the other foot a step behind.
With toes pointing ahead, bend the front knee, keeping the other straight and both heels on the floor. Repeat on the other leg.