YOUNG AND RESTLESS
What is your approach to fitness? “It’s definitely a daily thing. I didn’t take fitness too seriously, but about five years ago, I started implementing it in my schedule every day. If you get into working out and eating clean, in about a month, you start to see the results. You really need to commit to it.”
What is your daily eating like? “For the most part, I really try to eat clean from Monday to Friday.
Breakfast is my heaviest meal. You’ve been sleeping for however many hours and your body needs fuel. I’ll have six egg whites with ground turkey or chicken or ham and Ezekiel toast. Lunch is protein and a little bit of carbs; I’ll eat chicken or fish with either sweet potato or brown rice. Dinner, I definitely don’t want to eat any carbs. It’s just protein and vegetables. I try not to snack after 7, but if I really need something, I’ll have some almonds or cottage cheese. On weekends, all bets are off. I eat everything I see!”
Do you snack during the day?
“My snack between breakfast and lunch is a protein shake or a banana or an orange. In the afternoon, I’ll usually have another protein shake or piece of fruit.”
What do you do to work out? “I like to switch it up. If you sit down at the same machines every day, it starts to become more of a drag instead of something you’re looking forward to. And I realized after hanging out with people in the fitness world, it’s really about confusing your muscles. A lot of times, when people get into the gym, they create a specific workout regimen, but after a while, your body gets used to that.” Do you do both cardio and weight-lifting in the gym? “No, just some reps with weights, and not heavy ones, on the incline, flat and decline benches. Cardio is for outdoors. I usually go on a hike every morning before heading to the gym.”
Where do you learn your exercise routines? “Some I pick up from trainers, but most of it is just from exploring on my own. If I’m doing pull-ups, I wonder what it would feel like to have one knee to my chest or lift a leg and turn it to the side when I’m doing push-ups. I like to play around a lot, just to keep it from getting boring.”
We’ve seen you without your shirt a lot and it looks like you spend hours with weight training. Is that correct? “I actually don’t do that many weights, since my sports-playing days. I do more body weight exercises, which [involves] a lot of pushups and pull-ups and good old calisthenics.” What do the calisthenics entail? A bunch of jumping jacks? “Not quite [chuckles]. In the gym, I’ve been doing the gymnast workout, which is a lot of L-sits on the dip bars, handstands against the walls, squats, burpees and box jumps. Then shorter exercises with the focus on the shoulders and back one day, then legs, obliques and abs another day, and chest, lower back and tri the next. I do this for an hour.”
Does this routine take care of your cardio workout, as well? “Oh, no. I’ll do cardio before the gym. I’ll either swim freestyle about 50 laps or a spin class or jog, but no more than two miles. I can bulk up easily, but I can tone up and lose weight just as fast. If I run more than two miles, I’ll start to lose muscle mass.”
What time of day do you start? “First thing. I get up at 5 in the morning.”
Where’s breakfast in all of this? “After my workout, I’ll have a protein shake of almond milk with two servings of matcha tea powder, half a banana and two strawberries and blend it up with ice. If I have to work that day, I’ll add some raw oatmeal.”
What about your other meals? “For lunch, I’ll simmer ground turkey with chicken broth, spinach, three different kinds of peppers and [San] Marzano tomatoes, and eat that with a baked sweet potato. For dinner, I usually have baked fish, steamed broccoli and a salad, and one glass of red wine. Other than wine in the evening, I only drink water. I can’t tell you the last time I had juice or soda.”
What about snacks? “I get some great fig bars and sesame sticks in bulk at Erewhon [Natural Foods].”
What keeps you motivated to get to the gym? “Knowing that I’ll eventually have a shirtless scene on the show. If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.
It’s easier to just consistently do it. If I’m at the gym where I don’t feel like committing myself 100 percent, I’ll just skip rope for 20 minutes. I may not have gone hard but at least I didn’t flop down on the couch instead. It’s keeping the routine of getting up, putting on your shoes, going to the gym and doing something.”
Jason Canela (Arturo)