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Fitness Regimen: Former Heavyweight Champ Wladimir Klitschko

Ukrainian IBF and WBO world champion Wladimir Klitschko poses during the weigh in on the eve of the heavyweight title bout against British WBA champion David Haye in the northern German city of Hamburg on July 1, 2011. The fight on 2nd July has been dubbed the "unification bout" as the winner will take all three major heavy weight title belts.  AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

By Scoop Malinowski

Ex-World Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko took some time out to describe some of his fitness regimen details …

Question: Do you do long runs or sprints? If long runs or hills, how far and if you vary your roadwork why?

Wladimir Klitschko: I did it. In the last seven-eight years I have changed my work out schedule and don’t run anymore as much as I was.

Question: How much sparring do you like to do before a 12-round fight?

Wladimir Klitschko: Over 100 rounds in four weeks.

Q: Do you lift weights and if so, what do you do?

Wladimir Klitschko: Yes I do lift weights in the first three weeks of my eight weeks preparation program.

Q: Do you split your body parts up for example, chest and triceps, back and biceps, shoulders and legs etc.

Wladimir Klitschko: I train all my body parts equal.

Q: Do you get added motivation training with a partner?

Wladimir Klitschko: I have no additional motivation with a training partner. Boxing is like a golf, it’s all about your own performance only.

Q: Do you skip workouts? Why or why not?

Wladimir Klitschko: No, I can’t. More opposite, I have to stop my self to not over train.

Q: Do you have any unusual training methods?

Wladimir Klitschko: I love to swim, which I never did.

Q: What type of punch bags do you like to use – double end, heavy bag, speedbag?

Wladimir Klitschko: Speedball.

Q: How important is padwork in your preparation?

Wladimir Klitschko: Very important, it makes you create better strategy.

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