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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PRO BY LOU FERRIGNO
People are constantly asking me how I stay in shape. There really is no secret. With the help of consistent physical conditioning and a clean diet, I’m lucky to have reached my 60s with strong bones and plenty of muscle mass. I’ve been doing it for so long that my body’s new “normal” is the way I look.
Although looking like I do requires a lifetime of training and commitment, maintaining my health and physique requires a lot less gym time than most would think. For those of you who are interested in how an old pro spends his days, here’s a rundown of my average day.
Wake up. Drink coffee.
Have breakfast – oatmeal, walnuts, raisins, milk.
Mentally plan my day – including my workout.
Gym – I work out 6x a week for a little over an hour. 3x a week I aim for a full-body workout. I do cardio 3x a week after weights. Now that I’m older, and I’ve put my body through enough torture, I focus on flexibility and maintaining lean muscle mass – as opposed to living heavy weights like in the old days.
Lunch – Salad, potato, and turkey burger/chicken breast/dry tuna
Work – Emails, Phone Calls, Meetings
Snack – Protein shake (protein powder, milk, banana, spoonful of jelly). I try to keep my calorie count low. Although I still workout, my metabolism is not what it used to be. Sometimes I’ll treat myself to a small portion of pita chips or veggies with hummus.
Power nap. Sleep repairs and resets. If I’m at home in the afternoon, I might take a power nap for 20 minutes.
Dinner – Tilapia, salad, baked potato, glass of wine. I’ve been eating this same meal for longer than I can remember.
Evenings are family time in my house. The kids come over or my wife and I will watch some TV. Work can wait til tomorrow.
PREPARING FOR A ROLE
If I want to tighten up for a movie role, I’ll do cardio after every workout 6x a week for 25-30min.
I travel most months from Thurs to Sunday doing appearances and motivational speaking all over the world. These days, I have to adapt my workout routine to my work schedule. A gym in the hotel is a must.
I really enjoy my days off. I don’t miss working out. I love to watch movies at home or go out with my wife, Carla. Hard work is wasted if you don’t rest – no matter what you do.
I don’t have cheat days. But if I’m in the mood or it’s a special occasion, I’ll eat a bit of cake or have a spoonful of peanut butter and jelly. My favorite cake? I don’t have a favorite, but I do love carrot cake.