NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson's Unusual Training Regimen Is His Secret to Success

Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson discusses his triathlete-style training regimen.

Jimmie Johnson is the most dominant NASCAR driver of the 21st century, and it's not even close. Since 2006, Johnson has won six Sprint Cup Series championships, five Driver of the Year awards, and the 2009 AP Athlete of the Year award.

How has the 39-year-old Johnson managed to stay on top for so long? The answer has a lot to do with how he spends the hours when he's not inside a car. Johnson's training includes a triathlete-style regimen, focused on long-distance running, swimming and biking. He has found that this type of training confers tremendous benefits for both the mental and physical aspects of NASCAR racing.

But it wasn't always this way. At the start of Johnson's career, fitness was an afterthought. As a part of the Gatorade Beat the Heat program, STACK caught up with the NASCAR champ prior to a recent race to talk about his training and get a firsthand look at one of his unique rituals—the pre-race bike ride.

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Topics: ACTION SPORTS | TRIATHLON | FITNESS | AUTO RACING | DRIVERS