The Kenny Chesney Workout

chesney5So,the Big Country Fest Concert is only a couple of weeks away. Kenny Chesney is once again the highlight of the show here in Foxboro MA. I recently read this article in Mens Health and thought it was fitting since he’ll be here in Foxboro at the end of the month.
I also like the travel workout included in the article. Here’s a bit of the article, To read the whole thing and see the workout go to the site

By Jill Yaworski, Photographs by Danny Clinch, Posted Date: June 24, 2011
Ten minutes. That’s all the time country music star Kenny Chesney needs to pump out 300 pushups. It’s a staggering number, especially when you consider it’s more than most can do in an hour. (Just try it.)

But his secret is simple: vision and focus. In fact, it’s this same clear vision and laser focus that took Chesney from singing for tips in Nashville bars back in the early 90s to landing his fourth consecutive Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year award last December. And all along, his fit, lean body has been a key part of his plan.

By 2001, Chesney had accumulated five number one singles. Only he longed not to be a country music star, but a country music brand. And that meant he needed to be the ultimate entertainer, in every aspect. That’s when he hired personal trainer Daniel Meng, owner of MUV Fitness Coaching in Nashville, Tennessee. Meng’s charge: to help the singer take his stage performance to an all-new level.

While Chesney was already in good shape, he needed to transform physically to put on what now would be the highest-energy concert in all of music. “I have to train to do my show the way I want to do it,” he says. “I’m not one of these guys that just stands there behind the microphone. I work really hard to give the fans the best possible concert.” The effort has paid off: Chesney has grossed approximately $500 million from concert ticket sales during the past 10 years.

What could a fitter, leaner, better-performing body do for you? Find out, by adopting the fitness and nutrition strategies that have arguably made Chesney the fittest man in country. (Or is it the fittest man in the country?)

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Make Time to Sweat
Chesney’s “Goin’ Coastal” tour will take him all over North America this summer—from Philadelphia to Cuyahoga Falls to Indianapolis to Vancouver. But no matter how busy his schedule, Chesney never misses a workout—even if has to make it a quick one. “You’d be amazed at what you can do in a short amount of time to get a burn in, to feel healthier, to feel like you’re not staying the same,” he says.

So what if you just have 10 minutes? Try this pushup drill that Chesney uses when he doesn’t have a minute to spare. “Start with 10 pushups, then rest 10 seconds,” says Meng. “Then do 9 pushups, and rest 9 seconds; do 8 pushups, and rest 8 seconds, and so on, until you work your way down to 1 pushup.” Warning: This isn’t easy, so if needed, start with fewer pushups. Of course, as your fitness improves, you can also do more. “At one point, Kenny got to where he could start this drill at 24 pushups,” says Meng. “Do the math: That’s 300 pushups in 10 minutes.”

Think Beyond the Gym
“I hate doing legs,” says Chesney. “I’ve always hated it. I dread it. I’ll walk into the gym knowing I’ve got to do them, and I try to get in the right frame of mind. But even after all these years of working out, I still hate it.” Sound familiar? If so, remember this: Syracuse University researchers determined that people burned more calories the day after they did lower-body resistance training than the day after they worked their upper bodies. “Leg muscles—like your quads and glutes—generally have more muscle mass than those of your chest and arms,” says study author Kyle Hackney, Ph.D. (c), C.S.C.S. “Work more muscle during your exercise session, and your body has to expend more energy to repair and upgrade them later.”

If that’s not motivation enough, ask yourself: Have you ever regretted a workout? Chances are, the answer is no. After all, when was the last time you heard someone complaining that they took the time to exercise? Which is why Chesney reminds himself to focus on how much he enjoys leaving the gym after he’s finished a hard workout. “I love the way I feel when I’m done. I know I’ve accomplished something and I’m in a good mood the rest of the day because of it.” And that’s a notion that’s supported by research, too. Georgia State University scientists found that it takes just 12 total sets of weight training—for example, 2 set of 6 exercises, or 3 sets of 4 exercises—to leave you feeling more energetic after a workout.

Take a Cheat Day
“I grew up with a family where everything revolved around food. I love to eat,” he says. “But I’m very conscious of what I put in my body now.” Each morning, the singer fuels up for the day with a nutrient-loaded breakfast of scrambled egg whites, grilled chicken, sliced tomatoes, and a whole-wheat bagel. And his favorite healthy snack? Grapes.

But perhaps the most important component of Chesney’s diet is that he leaves room for a bit of indulgence. That’s because he designates Sundays as his cheat day. “I eat whatever I want,” he says. “If I want a chocolate-covered double cheeseburger, I’ll eat it.” The rationale is simple: If you know you always have one day to enjoy any kind of food you want, you’ll be more likely to stick to a healthful diet the rest of the week.

Lose Yourself in Exercise
During a recent workout, Chesney hit the Green Bay Packers’ gym at Lambeau Field. It’s in this same stadium where he would perform in front of a crowd of more than 45,000 the following night. But this exercise session was less about his physical health, and more about his mental well-being. He needed to clear his head for a bit, forgetting for a moment about the tour, his friends who were stuck in a Chicago airport (on their way to his Wisconsin show), and the interviews he had scheduled for later that day. His get-away machine: the treadmill.

Only this isn’t the typical read-a magazine-while-you-putter-along routine that you often see people perform in a health club. No, Chesney steps on the treadmill with purpose, pressing the up arrow on the incline control until the display reads “10.” (Yes, 10.) Then he jumps on and sprints at a 9 mile-per-hour pace for 30 seconds, followed by 30 seconds of rest. Repeat that 9 more times, and you can replicate Chesney’s stress-relieving workout. “When I’m at a 10 incline on the treadmill, I’m not thinking about everything else I have to do that day or what somebody wants or some place I have to be. There’s not much you can think about when you’re on a 10 incline,” he says. That makes it surprisingly Zen, and a productive way to forget your troubles—even if it seems like the antithesis of a calming workout such as yoga or tai chi.

Dress the Part
“It’s a demanding way of life, out here on the road,” Chesney says of touring for the entire summer. “I just try to be mentally and physically in the best shape possible.” In less than 48 hours, the country star will take the stage—for Lambeau Field’s first-ever concert—dressed in his go-to performance uniform: a cowboy hat, boots, Levi’s, and a sleeveless muscle shirt. Chesney works hard for those biceps, and you should, too. After all, your arms are the only major muscle group you can display almost anywhere, anytime. And if your arms are sculpted, people will assume the rest of your body is rock-solid as well. One technique that Chesney uses: A dumbbell curl with a static hold, says Meng.

It’s simple: Grab a pair of dumbbells and let them hang at arm’s length next to your sides, your palms facing forward. Without moving your upper arms, raise your forearm so your elbows are bent 90 degrees and hold them that way. This is the starting position. Now lower the dumbbell in your right hand until your arm is straight, then without moving your upper arm, curl the dumbbell toward your shoulder. Lower back to the starting position, then follow that same procedure with your left arm. That’s one rep. Do a total of 10 repetitions. “If you really want to fry your biceps, continue to hold both dumbbells in the 90-degree position for an additional 10 seconds after your last rep,” says Meng.

Kenny Chesney’s On-the Road Workout
Country star Kenny Chesney hit it big with his chart-topping song “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem.” But what does one of the world’s fittest musicians do on tour when he finds himself with no gym? This body-weight routine, courtesy of the singer’s personal trainer, Daniel Meng. Try it yourself to blast fat and get fit.

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