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Tom Daley on why you shouldn’t compare his physique to your own

“I train six hours a day, six days a week. It’s not as if it’s something that happens just from going to the gym for 20 minutes or an hour a day.

My life’s about getting to the point where I’m in the physical shape that I can do all my diving the best that I can. So, I do feel bad and I wouldn’t want to make anyone feel that way. But I know that if anyone else trained for six hours a day, six days a week, they would get the same result…

Outside of the pool I don’t walk around the house in my trunks! The other day, an old lady came up to me and said: ‘Gosh, I don’t recognize you with your clothes on!’ and I guess people see me on TV and diving with no clothes on. It’s nice to go to a photoshoot and actually wear something.”Tom Daley, discussing gay men’s complicated relationship with their physiques for Attitude‘s Body issue.

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13 Comments

  • Billy Budd

    I would like to see him wearing nothing at all. Get rid of the tiny speedos please.

    • Jim

      I’m with you, Billy. TD can do no wrong.

  • ingyaom

    6 hours a day, 6 days a week and only a bronze at the Olympics? What more can a bloke do?

    • ChrisK

      Tom won the Gold. He caught the eye of a famous Screen writer.

  • justin1290

    maybe tom should worry more about his personal “complicated relationship”and not how gay men feel about their bodies….

  • Frank

    Simply put his body is his job…

    Lastly, at 48 years old standing 6’2″ weighing 188 lbs with a 32 inch waist and definition…I tend to think I have him beat by 26 years of life experience that the magic equation for me is 75% diet and 25% exercise

  • Billy Budd

    I agree that the secret is not how much exercise you do, but what you eat.

  • Blackceo

    Umm well….who would be comparing Daley’s physique to their own unless they are an Olympic swimmer?

    Agree with Frank and Billy Budd. I will be 40 next year and as I’ve gone through my 30s I’ve learned its much more about nutrition than exercise. Once I turned 35 I realized I just can’t eat the same things I did at 25. Thats when I pretty much went organic only, cut out most sugars and saturated fats. Portion control and lots of fruits and vegetables are the name of the game. Of course its healthy I feel to indulge but its the kind of thing that is to be done sporadically as opposed to daily. I’m lucky now with work and other obligations if I get 3 days a week in to work out. I definitely get 2 but its sometimes hard to get that third day in. However, I honestly don’t think I’ve ever looked or felt better in my life and I am very much looking forward to 40!!

  • justyouandi

    What I like most about Tom’s physique are his hairy legs, which look even hotter when they’re wet, and his smile, neither of which he got at the gym.

  • dgsea06

    Agree with everyone about his looks and body. But, however there is a photo of him in a 3-piece suit.
    (Google, y’know.) Outstanding! I never thought that clothing could look so good on a guy. Or that a guy could look so good in a 3-piece suit. Makes me want to take it off of him one piece at a time.
    Fantasy, sometimes, is as much fun as the real thing. No, I’m wrong, but since the real thing is impossible, I shall deal with the fantasy. Fun, and he is a smart young man. Let’s wish him well.

  • Eddie Jr

    Truth be told the body would do nothing for me without that beautifully handsome face. Is that a shallow thing to say?

    • dgsea06

      Eddie Jr- No, not shallow. Honest. But have you heard him talk? Lovely voice that just amplifies his intelligence. BTW I like his body!

  • eightinchnail

    Significantly shallower than the pool he often dives in to.

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