I take a lot of shirtless self-portraits. Which occasionally leads to the question, “What’s your workout routine?”
Iâ€™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 itâ€™s balance point I have high metabolism, pretty low body fat, nicely shaped pecs and â€œhipâ€ 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 â€œearnâ€ 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 digressâ€¦)
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 wasnâ€™t how my body wanted to be. I got up to about 185 at my heaviest. But Iâ€™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 bodyâ€™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? Iâ€™m going to step away..RIGHT NOW.
Okay, Iâ€™m back.. Just did a set of 19 push ups.)
Whew! Thanks for the motivation.
Good luck finding your bodyâ€™s baseline and optimization path!