Mario Lopez seems to have been in great shape ever since he first appeared on our screens in the sit-com “Saved by the Bell” in which he played handsome jock AC Slater.
Twenty five years later it’s clear that he, unlike so many celebrities, is still hitting the gym and watching what he eats. In fact, Lopez looks in better shape than ever.
Years of Healthy Living Have Impacted Mario Lopez Physique.
Lopez’s healthy lifestyle is evident in more than just his muscular and lean physique – he doesn’t seem to of aged much at all since his Saved by the Bell days.
Years of healthy living have left his face relatively unscathed – a direct contrast to other live-hard stars who despite being only early middle-aged, are already showing the signs of their exuberant lifestyles
In terms of exercise, Mario Lopez dislikes routine and prefers to mix up different types of training according to how he feels. This is often called instinctive training and works well for intermediate or advanced exercisers who know exactly how they feel on any given day.
This means that Lopez’s routine is very variable which, he says, helps make the gym feel less like a iron dungeon and more like a playground full of endless possibilities. Beginners, however, should follow a more predictable routine before trying instinctive training.
Lopez does body part-specific bodybuilding training from time to time and will dedicate an entire training session to chest and triceps, back and biceps, shoulders or legs. This is a traditional approach to building muscle. However, Lopez is also a fan of less conventional, boxing-inspired workouts which make up the majority of his training…
To maximize fat burning, improve cardiovascular fitness and save time, Lopez uses circuit training in most of his workouts. Circuit training involves moving quickly from one exercise to the next as fast as possible and only stopping when you get to the end of your list of exercises. After a brief rest, the entire list of exercises is repeated.
Depending on your fitness, you can do anywhere between one and five laps of a circuit. Lopez sticks to moderately high reps – between 15 and 20 – to keep his heart rate high while maintaining or increasing muscle size.
The Mario Lopez Workout Routine
Mario Lopez Workout - Routine One - Total Body Circuit & Cardio
|2||Squat and Press||3-4||15-20|
|7||Triceps Press downs||3-4||15-20|
|9||Incline Prone Dumbbell Y's||3-4||15-20|
|10||Bike, Treadmill, or Elliptical||1||30mins|
Mario Lopez Workout - Routine Two - Boxing Circuit2 sets of each (1 minute of rest between each set)
|3||Shadow Boxing Drill||2||2mins|
|4||Heavy Bag Drill||2||2mins|
|5||Speed Training Drill||2||2mins|
|Each workout concludes with targeted abs exercises. To carve out his impressive six-pack, Lopez performs his abs work as a non-stop circuit…|
Mario Lopez Workout - Routine Three - Ab CircuitPerform 3 Rounds
|1||Hanging Leg Raise Hanging Leg Raise||1||15-20||Do not swing your body, keep your legs straight.|
|2||Decline Weighted Crunch||1||15-20||Try twisting your torso at the top of the rep. If you don’t like using plates or dumbbells for added weight, try using cables.|
|3||Double Crunch||1||15-20||Bring your knees and arms to your chest as you perform the crunch – your body should move like an accordion.|
|4||Cable Wood Chops||1||15-20||Use a wide bent stance for balance and abs isolation. Stick your butt out, and keep your abs flexed.|
|rest for 3-5 min between rounds|
The Mario Lopez Diet Plan
To keep his body fat low, Mario Lopez follows a diet based on plenty of lean protein, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats.
A self-confessed foodie, Lopez does not sacrifice taste for health and makes sure he eats not only with fitness in mind but also enjoyment. His diet tends to tighten up naturally if he has a personal appearance or photo shoot approaching otherwise he just eats a balanced diet and even enjoys the occasional treat of rocky road ice cream or chocolate chip cookies.
Because he exercises hard and also spends a lot of time outdoors in the sun, Lopez is also an avid water drinker; water being essential for hydration, healthy digestion and great-looking skin.
A typical day’s diet for Lopez is…
- Breakfast: Fruit, yogurt and Granola
- Lunch: Chicken, broccoli and Rice
- Dinner: Sushi
Mario Lopez treats fitness like a lifestyle choice rather than a temporary intervention designed to get quick results. Unlike so many celebrities who only get in shape for a specific role or brief period and quickly return to being unfit and unhealthy once it is all over, Lopez stays in great shape 24/7/365. It’s clear that his long term commitment to working out and eating right are paying off.