At The Sweat Life, we really believe that there is no best of anything, only what works best for you — which goes to say, there is also no best body. Everyone has their own hang-ups about their body image, areas that they would like to improve and body parts they love to flaunt, and what you see is not always what you get. #Sweat Your Body is an ongoing feature, one that promises to be quite eye-opening. Thank you to the rockstars who are brave enough to #sweat their bodies for the world to see, and tell us what they love — and what they don’t.
Luke Lombardo is a fitness powerhouse, he trains for distance running races and triathlons, and is currently in training for the Ironman Triathlon — longer and farther than your standard tri — in Lake Placid this summer. He is also a much-loved instructor around town, teaching at Brooklyn Bodyburn and imparting his fitness wisdom at Mile High Run Club.
How would you describe your body type?
I would describe my body type as all-around athletic and functional. It has always been my goal to have a body that can run a 4-minute mile (and some change) and also do multiple backflips.
Why do you think you have your body?
In addition to genetics, I train … A LOT! I grew up in the gym. Literally! Before I could walk, I was in the pool at the YMCA, and by the time I was 4 years old, my father was teaching me how to karate-chop kickboards in half at tae kwon do, and my mom was taking me to the gym everyday while she coached my older sister’s volleyball team.
What do you do to maintain a healthy body image?
Plain and simple: I eat when I’m hungry (always), I go to bed early, and get as much sleep as possible, and I train hard and love every minute of it.
What triggers you to stress the most about your body?
As a distance runner, I’m definitely considered to be on the bigger side from a muscular perspective. Lining up in the competitive corrals for a marathon, I generally find myself to be around 20 pounds heavier and a few inches taller than my average competitor. I generally drop a few pounds prior to a big race day.
What does your workout routine consist of?
It really depends on what I’m training for. I am currently amidst training for the Lake Placid Ironman, which includes approximately 16-18 hours of training per week in running, biking, and swimming. Because of the extensive amount of endurance training, I have limited my other methods of cross training. During off-season, I incorporate 4 days of strength training per week. I also go to physical therapy on a bi-weekly basis as a means of “pre-habbing.”
How would you describe your eating habits?
I eat so much food, it is honestly hard to keep up with. Nutrition is such a key element to proper endurance training, it is essentially part of the sport. On a good day when I plan ahead and have some time to cook and prep my food, I will eat an 8-egg omelet for breakfast with spinach, mushrooms, and avocado. I will also have some sweet potatoes and gluten-free toast with almond butter.
For lunch and dinner, I generally eat copious amount of either grilled chicken or bison with brown rice and vegetables; a protein shake that generally consists of almond butter, almond milk, banana, spinach, and hemp protein; to be followed by more sweet potatoes and coconut milk ice cream.
Yes, I am overwhelmed by it too!
What’s your favorite thing about your body?
My smile — and my big butt!
What would you change?
I wish I was hairless (aside from my head). Shaving is such a pain!
When did you feel the best about your body?
Generally after a marathon, I appreciate my body and all that it endures for my crazy mind. I’ve pushed my body to its limits, and its always been quite supportive of me — so for that, I am quite thankful.
What outfit do you feel best in?
My USA speed suit. It makes me feel like a badass! Or any other type of spandex material.
Are you comfortable naked?
In all honesty, I prefer it. The second I get home to my apartment, the first thing I do is take off all my clothes. I think it’s liberating.
Any last words?
Don’t ever, EVER train for something because you feel as though it is an obligation!
Train because you are passionate about it. Train because it makes you feel good. Train because it inspires you to be a better you. Train because you are an athlete.
Luke Lombardo’s first loves are running and fitness, as witnessed by his credentials as a personal trainer, running coach, and fitness writer. Luke has been a dedicated athlete from a very young age. He belongs to a running team in NYC, and has also run marathons for numerous charities, raising money for children as well as for ALS. Currently he has a record high of placing 16th in his age group for the LA Marathon.
Luke's high energy, athleticism and likeability have attracted press coverage, including The Today Show, E! News, Good Morning America, In Style, NY1, Fox5, NY Daily, Metro NY, and Gawker, to name a few. Luke claims that nothing in the world makes him happier than helping others reach their fitness goals.