Fitness and Nutrition Update
Hi guys! Quick update. This is just concerning fitness and nutrition- not about all the other craziness in life these days...
Been here in Cali almost 2 months now. Still haven't stepped into a gym. First time in 22 years! I haven't touched a bar- the strangest thing is NO BENCH PRESS! Haha! The bench has been my staple, my benchmark (see that?), and quite often- a competitive event since I was 15.
I've been training in the back yard, in the garage, at the beach, at the playground. I use a pair of dumbbells which only go up to 55 lbs, a TRX hung on a huge tree, or most often just body weight exercises. I've been running a lot- for me anyway- pretty much every day. I ride the bike quite a bit also, not very well, mind you, but for transportation to meetings and auditions within a few miles of the house. Twice a week, I've been riding a couple miles away to "the steps," a couple different locations where the grade and number and beauty all combine into a gorgeous and strenuous workout- and then ride home with rubbery legs shaking the whole way.
It's been great. A lot of the time I can incorporate the kids, which they love. Not them doing the exercises, but them playing alongside me and then hopping on their bikes for the running portion of the session. Also, Juice is making an incredible comeback (not surprising!) now that baby Rose is almost 3 months old- so she is training with me a lot and already looks amazing. I'll always be in awe of her- and all women for that matter- in how their bodies can change so dramatically and then get back into such great shape! As a personal aside- I love working out with her: quality time, encouraging each other and helping each other improve. It's often funny, it's bonding to struggle through challenges together, and I think it's quite a "turn-on" (sorry, too much info? ha!).
My fitness level is pretty good. Not olympic-level, heck, maybe not even middle-school level? But, I feel great, look the way I need to for the showbiz life I'm trying to live, and I never feel like I'm wasting time or money going to facilities or buying equipment, etc. I'll keep pushing to try to be ready for whatever might come my way. Train for the unknown.
Remember: I'm not saying this kind of training plan is for everyone- I'm only saying that this is working for me. It's a refreshing, liberating way to train outside and get lean and mean while taking a break from pushing around heavy weights.
Pretty much the same. I often get asked about what I eat, and it's no secret- here are the basics of Mon-Fri (changes sometimes, but usually pretty much boring and the same). Please know, I'm certainly not a nutritionist, this is just what works for me:
- 2-3 eggs in a bowl with natural plain oatmeal
- pre-workout drink and vitamins, handful of almonds and peanuts
- post-workout protein shake
- banana and natural peanut butter
- half pre-workout drink before afternoon session
- post-workout protein shake
- dinner: plain spinach and greens salad with some kind of lean protein
- sometimes: evening snack, almonds, peanuts, or popcorn cooked on stove in olive oil
- pre-bed drink (mainly aminos and ZMA)
Weekends are very similar, with the possible addition of some red wine and dark-chocolate covered almonds (drooling on keyboard). If we go out to eat- some common selections are chili, fish, cobb salads, or -if I'm really lucky- a filet mignon and broccoli... Haha yes dork. Simple pleasures...
That's it guys. A quick answer to the queries I've gotten lately about my own training and nutrition. No secrets, nothing all that scientific. I have no letters after my name (not even a Jr. ha)- it's just what I have found works for me right now, after a lifetime of trial-and-error.