Michael Phelps’s fully exposed his training regimen — as well as his emotions — in a recent Under Armour commercial, where he and his fiancée cried their eyes out.
After Phelps wiped his tears from crying, He issued a tweet regarding his gratitude.
Life today is better than I could ever imagined. Honored and blessed to be featured in @underarmour’s latest spot.— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) March 8, 2016
According to the New York Times, the 18-time gold medalist is crying with joy as he exhibits his rigorous swimming exercises, strength training program, diet, and the seemingly painful ancient therapy method called “cupping” (the part where the therapist suctioned those heated glass cups on Phelps’ back) said to mobilize blood flow.
But you can’t blame Phelps for his crying response, because watching the commercial is enough to make most sports fans and athletes cry in general.
Besides, he isn’t the first crying athlete by the name of Michael to be recognized for profusely shedding tears, #LikeMike.
So, for great athletes like Phelps especially, crying watching the under Armour commercial seems like the most expected response granted that it’s so focused on their plight as a renowned athlete.
The Under Armour commercial also comes at a time where Michael Phelps wasn’t even sure if he’d return to the pool for the 2016 Olympics.
The Inquisitr reports that Phelps changed his mind about his retirement in 2014, two years before his championed comeback displayed in the tear-jerking Under Armour commercial.
In a statement, Phelps’ coach Bob Bowman said Phelps’ coach, Bob Bowman prepared a statement claiming that Michael has entered in three events at a meet in Arizona on April 24-26 of 2016.
Phelps will compete in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle, and the 100 butterfly.
“I think he’s just going to test the waters a little bit and see how it goes. I wouldn’t say it’s a full-fledged comeback.”
The 30-year-old Olympian was also filled with grief after being hit with DUI charges in August of last year, which resulted in a six-month suspension and therapy treatment for the most decorated Olympian of all time.
The Inquisitr also reports that this occurrence has served as a wake-up call of sorts for Michael Phelps, and he has since been on a clean path since, making a statement which he vowed to “never drink until after the Rio Olympics.”
“Before I even went to court, I said to myself that I’m not going to drink until after Rio [2016 Olympics] — if I ever drink again. That was a decision I made for myself. I’m being honest with myself. Going into 2008 and 2012, I didn’t do that. I didn’t say I was going to take a year off from drinking and not have a drink.”
Given his setbacks, Will Phelps be ready for the 2016 Olympics after crying during watching his inspirational Under Armour Commercial?
So far, Phelps has truly “Ruled Himself,” as the video implies. And perhaps the Phelps crying response was the emotional release required to swim into the 2016 Olympics more head-strong than ever.
The message that the “Rule Yourself” campaign is to promote, besides a crying Michael Phelps, the broader message of, “It’s what you do in the dark that puts you in the light.”
The message is set to remind people that success does not come easy.
“That is the headline we want people to remember: You have to train when no one is watching,” said Adrienne R. Lofton, senior vice president for global brand marketing at Under Armour.
So there’s never a reason for being ashamed to cry over your hard work.
And just in case you missed the Under Armour Commercial which resulted in a crying Michael Phelps, then watch the emotional video below.
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