davidcook American Idol Fitness   David Cook workout routines fitness tips celebrity workouts celebrity fitness celebrity diets The fascination with American Idol continued tonight on FOX as the show went to the Windy City to search for its next super star.   We recently posted 10 fitness tips from Idol’s most well known champion Carrie Underwood.  We continue our look at the workouts and diets of former American Idol champions today with a feature on the most recent winner, David Cook.


The benefits of being in shape…

Cook actually got fitter on his path to becoming the latest Idol champion.  “Vocally, Idol is about as grueling as it gets, because you’re singing every single day. I was forced into taking care of myself, and now I’m glad I did. Even if I was voted out week one, the benefits I gained from working out are tenfold,” Cook told Men’s Fitness.

Best shape of his life…

“I haven’t felt this good in a long time. I lost between 10 and 15 throughout the course of the show, and I probably dropped another five since,” says Cook.

How he did it…
Cook mixed light weight training with 10-15 minutes of cardio.  Recently he has stepped up the cardio-intensive workouts to include boxing.  During the Idol tour this summer he would do five pushups for every song leading up to his set.

He also incorporates some non-traditional exercise into his routine.  His trainer takes him out to run football routes a few times per week.  We really like this type of workout because the sprint work involved with running the routes burns a ton of calories and for many people is much more fun then logging a bunch of miles at a slower steady pace.

His diet…
“I eat a lot of salad, grilled chicken, and fish. A typical meal for me is salmon and asparagus. If I’m on the go, I’d try to do a burger with no bun. I really just eliminate what carbs that I can and eat more lean protein and vegetables. It’s all about substitutions, like changing white bread to whole-grain bread,”  says Cook.

How it has all paid off…

When I would hit the stage, the way I put my set together, I wanted it to be high-energy so I’d always be running around the stage. At the end of the tour, my T-shirts fit better, which is nice,” Cook says with a laugh.

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