His Fitness Regimen: What It Takes To Be As Fit As Loren Kennedy
As men, it would be a mistake to undervalue the importance of feeling content with ourselves when we look in the mirror. There’s nothing quite as fulfilling as the sentiments we feel after a trip to the barbershop, or after procuring clothing items that make us feel confident enough to get through the day. Indisputably, looking our best is one of the many ways in which we can continue to revitalize our self esteem, and fitness is plays a major role in the conversation.
New York based fitness enthusiast, Loren Kennedy is a prime example of what it means to stay on top of your health, and physical appearance through fitness. He makes it look easy, but assuredly, there has been a roaster of trials he has had to overcome to get him to this point.
A brief look at his routine, and thoughts inclusive of diet, and wellness extend below.
When I started my fitness journey, my goal was to make myself a better person in and out. That meant introducing positivity, and regimentation into my life. Diet first and fitness second. Due to a fast metabolism, I find it most effective to eat 5 full meals a day. In addition, I have two types of protein shakes to supplement as well, one whey protein for post workout recovery, and another casein protein prior to sleeping (this way my body is never in a fasted stated state).
Everything is pre-planned, and weighed to hit my macro-nutrient count, and the way I eat is strategic to gain muscle with as little fat gain as possible. A self taught trick is to think of food as fuel rather than an experience unless it is a special occasion. Stick to the basics.
Because I train in the mornings, I have two breakfasts. Eggs, Turkey Bacon & Rolled Oats for breakfast. Sweet Potatoes, Ground Turkey w/ Cilantro, Peppers, Onions, & Broccoli for Lunch. Salmon, Jasmine Rice & Peppers as a snack. Chicken Breast, Brown Rice & Asparagus for dinner. I very much limit my intake of alcohol. I think celebration is needed and healthy, but in moderation so it’s worth while. For me drinking is no longer a novelty as fitness has taken the priority. I drink once a month, that’s it; and when I do, there is no syrup involved. I need to stay hydrated, and find my mental and physical functionality heightened with the absence of alcohol.
On Working Out:
I have been dedicated to fitness for a little under 6 years. I found my way around the gym using three resources. The best for me, outside of peers, trial, and error, have been proven science articles and fitness programs or routines. The steady tortoise wins the race.
Fitness is not a sprint, it’s a marathon and the endless pursuit is the fun part. I do weight training 5 to 6 days a week, and I visit the gym everyday. During those weight training days, I focus on individual muscle groups and workout for about an hour and a half to two hours. In addition, I do some type of core work everyday.
Outside of content creation I do work a sedentary job, so I find it important to throw in two-a-days twice a week as well. On those two-a-days I will take a spin class, or another type of high interval, high heart rate class. Keeping the body guessing what’s next is key for me.
Routine is important, but so is spontaneity. This way, your body is forced to recover and rebuild via nutrition in a different way. With all that being said, I think the biggest key to success for men is to find something you love do first whether it’s classes, body building, circuit training, spin, running, etc and then do it over and over and over until you are exhausted! I do all of what I said before because it’s fun, and unless you’re having fun consistency is hard to achieve.
On Relaxation Techniques:
On my 7th gym day to relax, I like to take the time to stretch out all of the muscles in my body. And if it is not stretching, I am de-loading. De-loading for me means going through a full body routine with embarrassingly low weight to focus on form. Fitness is great, but it’s tasking, and I cannot harp more on the importance of stretching, and good form to avoid injury. Both are major keys. I have tried yoga and it’s hard!
I should meditate more and practice relaxation techniques but I haven’t reached that master level yet.
On Listening To Your Body:
Because I am so dedicated to fitness I am naturally, a not so secret hypochondriac. I am very concerned with my health, and well being. Listening to your body is so important. I touched on how important consistency is before, but you never want to over do it. And if your body is telling you it needs a break, give it a break. Just because you take a few days off every 6 months doesn’t mean you’re falling off, that’s where dedication comes into play. Avoid carelessness, and focus on form to avoid injuries.