By Tony Horton
Tony Horton is one of the most famous names in fitness, known in households around the nation for his P90X workouts that have transformed lives and changed the home approach to fitness. The majority of his workouts require no equipment — only your own body weight. And his latest creation, 22-Minute Hard Corps, is inspired by the grit and bravery of the U.S. military. Tony also has authored multiple books, has his own clean beauty care line, and spends plenty of time on the road growing his brand. So what’s a Day in the Sweat Life like for Tony? Read on…
1. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
The first thing I do when I wake up is I drink two, back to back, 8 oz. glasses of water to get everything going. I don’t drink coffee, so water’s a great way to hydrate post-sleeping 8 hours, and I’ll take a couple of supplements with them that you have to take on an empty stomach. One is for thyroid, and the other is good for blood and joints, and stuff like that.
2. What is your go-to workout?
My favorite is my Sunday workout, there are 2 of them actually. There’s a gymnastics workout that I do, it takes about 2.5 hours. A lot of rope climbing, peg boards, handstand pushups, the occasional backflip, you know, things that young people do, and I’m not young so it’s fun to be able to attempt them. And the other one is a track workout at UCLA, which is a lot of sprinting, 100’s, 200’s, 400’s, and a lot of prep work for it. You know, it’s like a 45 minute prep and stretch and warm up, and then we only run for like 15, 20 minutes. And we don’t run at full speed, we run at intervals, it’s 60, 70, 85% max a sprint. Sometimes we’ll do both and then later in the day I’m very tired.
I want to be able to do a backflip. You know, like off a 3 foot wall, so I can land on my feet, in the sand, at the beach in Santa Monica off a wall.
I have a gym and all the stuff at home, but the vast majority of what I do is body weight stuff. The best piece of equipment is the one I was born with. So I use it as often as I can. If someone says they cant afford a gym, then find another way to move! There’s a sequence that you can do: pushups, cardio, run in place for a minute, do abs for 30 reps, then do some lunges and squats for 30 reps; repeat that 3 or 4 or 5 times. Do that 3, 4 times a week, then you’re fit as any human being I know without having to own any piece of equipment. Just, you know, give me a human body (which you hopefully have), gravity (if you’re not on the moon you’re screwed), and then Mother Earth (which is where you live), so you’re done, you’re rockin.
3. What does a typical day of meals and snacks look like for you?
Morning breakfast is usually a shake. Blueberries, strawberries, cashews, kale, whey protein powder. Beach Body makes this product called “Power Greens Boost” which I throw in there. That’s it. Or a lot of egg whites. Like today I had 6 egg whites. A lot of veggies and 3, 4 tall glasses of carbonated water. No toast, no bacon, no pancakes, no waffles, no French toast, no white carbs in the morning. Lunch is usually tons of vegetables, salad, I love brown rice, grilled chicken, arugula. Dinner is, you know, classic, you got some kind of a protein, some sort of a veggie, and then maybe some kind of a quinoa or brown rice or something. I eat food my great-great-great-great grandparents would make. It ain't a Dorito and Red Bull.
4. What’s your favorite indulgence?
Sex. Oh, food! You mean food?
5. What’s your healthy living philosophy?
Do your best and forget the rest.
6. Do you meditate?
7. What can we find in your gym bag?
I don’t have a gym bag.
8. What’s your favorite activewear brand?
9. What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed?
Kiss my wife.
10. What or who inspires you?
Beach Body coaches inspire me. My customers inspire me. People who are 150 lbs. overweight who lose it and keep it off, that’s what inspires me. Yeah... and our military inspires me. Having been to 50 military bases and seeing all their sacrifice, and their travel, and their hard work. All of it. That’s why I made “22 Minute Hard Corps.” For them. And for the rest of America too, to get off their ass.
Tony Horton is creator of the best-selling fitness series “P90X” and “Ten Minute Trainer,” and most recently his 22-minute military inspired workout, “22 Minute Hard Corps." Tony is a world-class motivational speaker and the author of top-selling books “Bring It!,” “Crush It!,” and his latest motivational book, “The Big Picture: 11 Laws that Will Change your Life.” Tony has appeared on countless television programs as a fitness and lifestyle expert to promote healthy living through exercise and proper nutrition. In keeping with his passion for a healthy lifestyle, he's teamed up with the beauty experts at Ultimate Salon Professionals to create his new hair and skincare line, TH Care by Tony Horton, because he believes what goes on your body is just as important as what goes in it.
Tony believes that real and lasting change can happen when we commit to health as a lifestyle. Exercise, whole foods, and the right mindset is the formula that leads to a vibrant, productive, and full life for anyone who focuses on being the best they can be.