Pure Talk with Conor Dwyer
Mon Jun 11 2018
We say it all the time, but what does ‘living pure’ really mean?
Well, it depends who you ask. In our new Pure Talk series, we highlight some of the most incredible athletes, creatives, entrepreneurs and tastemakers who truly live, breathe, and embody a pure lifestyle. For our first episode of the series, we spent the day floating in the Human Aquarium with Olympic swimmer, Conor Dwyer.
Any week is a good week to talk about the importance of living pure, but this week the launch of Pure Talk coincides with International Men's Health Week—and who better to talk health and fitness with than an athlete like Conor? He took home gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, a bronze in the Men’s 200-meter freestyle at the 2016 games in Rio, and is currently training toward winning his first individual gold at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, 29-year-old Conor Dwyer has been living and training in Los Angeles for the last 5 years. For him, living a pure lifestyle isn’t just an idea; it’s a way of life. “Living a pure lifestyle, for me, is something I cherish. I like to meditate, I like to surf, I like to eat clean, and just charge life as it comes, day by day”, he says.
Conor began swimming at the same age that most of us were learning to walk, and by the time he was 7-years-old, he was swimming competitively. In high school, he played baseball, water polo, and lacrosse, though there was no denying that his real talent was in the pool. “Swimming can be tough, staring at that black line over and over and over again”, he explains. “But I always say, I didn’t choose swimming, swimming chose me.”
While swimmers are notorious for their strict training regimes and their crazy calorie intake—“I’m probably consuming 3,000 to 6,000 calories a day”, says Conor—hydration also plays a pivotal role in ensuring swimmers reach their full potential in the pool. “As an athlete, staying hydrated is the key to performance and it helps with recovery. I know how I feel if I’m not hydrated, and it is crucial in hurting my performance, so staying hydrated for me is everything.” And how much water does it take to hydrate a 6’5” Olympic medalist? “I probably drink 4 liters of water a day, so, around a gallon”, he says.
What else makes Conor Dwyer tick? Press play to find out. This is Pure Talk.
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