The fastest man in the world is a chronic junk food eater. With a diet consisting of “fried chicken, pizza, and junk food,” Bolt became the fastest human ever by smashing his own world record at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. His secret? A steady supply of McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets.
He eats a whole plate of Starburst jellybeans before playoff games. Attributing his successful performance to candy consumption, ‘The Candy Man’ says the games he performed well in are the ones “where I ate candy for breakfast.” The delicious, fruity, chewy irony here is that his wife, Khloe Kardashian, is the official spokeswoman for the QuickTrim line of weight loss products. Conflict of interest?
Reminiscent of a leftover movie prop from “Star Wars,” Phiten necklaces are becoming Major League Baseball’s latest craze. Developed in Japan, the nylon-coated titanium necklaces relieve stiffness in the neck and shoulders by stabilizing the body and improving circulation. Like the Japanese space program, there is no scientific proof that these necklaces actually work, but Beckett, still one of the best pitchers in the game at 32, has been a huge advocate of the product for years.
Juan Manuel Marquez
Forget the protein shakes and Gatorade. Some Eastern cultures claim drinking urine has healing powers, and the ferocious Marquez is among millions of practitioners worldwide—but he is one of the only professional athletes who is public about it, claiming it’s part of his pre-ring preparation.
Most people look forward to crawling into bed after a long day; Tebow climbs into a $20,000 hyperbaric chamber—a pressurized environment that helps muscle recovery. Referred to by some athletes as the “magic tube,” this device supposedly relieves aches and pains with its controlled airflow and acts as an alternative to high altitude training. Though it looks like an uncomfortable “Avatar” incubator, Jesus 2.0 swears by it.
Ovechkin is one of the best players on the NHL when it comes to scoring—and not just on the ice. In 2009, he admitted he has sex before and after every game to help him stay relaxed. Hell, he’d probably have sex during games if it wasn’t for shrinkage. Regardless, the former MVP has proved he knows how to handle his stick between the pipes.
Hamza and Husain Abdullah
These two Muslim brothers fast during the holy month of Ramadan like millions of other Muslims. But there’s a catch: they are both defensive backs in the National Football League—which means they’re at training camp practicing in the summer heat with no fluids or food. And you thought waking up hungover without a cold Gatorade was miserable.
The player formerly known as Ochocinco is known for inventing outrageous touchdown dances and eating McDonald’s three times a day. He describes his diet as what “some would call the worst diet in the world”—though several five year olds interviewed vehemently disagree. Chad even took his fiancé, Evelyn Lozada, to McDonald’s on their first date where he presumably purchased a Super Size order of sweet greasy loving.