“If I could change one thing, it would be the self-consciousness about my body. I feel like I’m out of shape at all times. Eventually, I’m just going to have to quit trying to be Brad Pitt in Fight Club,” the 40-year old actor told Men’s Health.
The fitness expectations for Hollywood’s actors and actresses have certainly increased and this celebrity certainly feels the effects. “It’s ridiculous the standard that’s been set,” he says of Hollywood-leading men. “What happened to the uni-ab? Now everything’s the eight-pack!”
Clearly he is doing something right…Here’s what Holloway told Best Life Magazine about how he does maintains his ripped body.
Step One: Eliminate the commute. “I’ve set up a gym in my garage,” he says. For him, the garage is the consummate guy space. By reducing or eliminating the time it takes to get to the gym, he certainly has no excuse to workout. And since he lives in tropical Hawaii, the climate makes his workouts more intense. “There’s no air-conditioning in that garage on purpose,” he says. “You sweat like a pig. ”
Step Two: Don’t overthink it. A basic gym is better in Holloway’s eyes. The less fancy gadgetry, the less thinking needs to be done. He has an Olympic weight bench with barbell and plates, and just two sets of dumbbells: 25- and 50-pounders. “You can do a million things with twenty-five and fifty,” he says. The only other workout equipment he has is a treadmill and a kickboxing bag. Done and done.
Step Three: Splurge on the important gear. Iron is iron, basically. But kickboxing, one of Holloway’s great loves, is an activity that can bring injuries if you skimp on the equipment. “Your basic hanging bag turns into cement halfway down, so you end up breaking your fist or ankle,” he says. “So I bought a professional 6-foot stand-up kickboxing bag that’s just badass.”
Step Four: Kick your own ass. Holloway does basic weight-lifting sets–bench press, military press, bicep curls, tricep extensions, dumbbell flies, etc.–but adds intense cardio between lifts, doing either a three-minute round of boxing or intervals on the treadmill. He pushes himself for 50 to 120 minutes in each of his workouts four to six days a week.
Step Five: Add fun elements when you have time. When his schedule allows, Holloway and his wife take kayaks out on the canal behind his house. “That’s a great ab and arm workout, man,” he says, and it’s a blast, too. He also likes the “epic hiking” in Hawaii. Holloway is excited to join a local soccer league that has lured two of his costars, Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond) and Rodrigo Santoro (Paulo). “I played for ten years growing up, so when they joined this league, I was like, ‘Man, I wanna join this league too!’” Which proves that no matter how busy you are, if you love it, you’ll make the time.
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