I take a lot of shirtless self-portraits. Which occasionally leads to the question, “What’s your workout routine?”

I’ve realized that this question is not as easily answered.
The way my body looks is 90% genetics, 7% diet, 2% what exercises I do, and 1% magic.

I have not eaten red meat in over 20 years and have been a vegetarian since 2007. I do eat eggs and dairy. I eat very little during the day (but drink coffee) and probably eat way too much at night.
My body, naturally, is lean. At it’s balance point I have high metabolism, pretty low body fat, nicely shaped pecs and “hip” lines, small arms, skinny calves, and a pretty okay butt.
I love my body. I feel exceptionally blessed.
But I know that I did not “earn” it through dedication and sweat.
I have had periods in my life when I was focused on optimizing my physique with gym routines, supplement regimes, etc. (Thankfully, that was also during the period when I was filming myself naked a lot. I wonder which came first? But I digress…)
All I was ever doing was fine-tuning what I was born with. In fact, when I tried to bulk-up in College, I was miserable. I tried so hard to put on muscle mass, but it wasn’t how my body wanted to be. I got up to about 185 at my heaviest. But I’ve been between 155-165 ever since. (Caveat: I do not own a scale and generally only learn my weight at doctor visits.)
The real goal is to reach for optimizing your body and health. And recognizing what your body’s baseline is makes all the difference in the world.
All that being said, here is my workout, when I do it:
Push-ups & sit-ups one day. Then pull-ups & sit-ups. 2-3 sets of each, as many as I can do. Alternating Days.
It takes like 15 minutes but generally allows me to stay toned and feel strong.
(I should note that I have NOT been doing them lately. Wait. No time but the present, right? I’m going to step away..RIGHT NOW.
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Okay, I’m back.. Just did a set of 19 push ups.)

Whew! Thanks for the motivation.
Good luck finding your body’s baseline and optimization path!

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