Laird Hamilton quite possibly has the perfect physique…and is truly an amazing role model when it comes to fitness. He is in better shape than just about anyone on the planet and he gets there largely by leaving the gym and cross-training.
I have emphasized in my post, Athletes Have More Attractive Bodies Than Gym Rats, that you can’t get in peak condition just by working out in a gym…Laird is a living example of this. Laird also trains with weights, but his low body fat percentage comes largely because of how active he is outside of the gym. I saw a clip where he ran down the beach with a rope tied around his waist and a log tied to the other…the guy was dragging a 50 pound log down the beach!
Laird is probably the greatest surfer that has ever lived, but he refuses to compete in surfing contests. Hamilton was the guy who back in 1993, pioneered a new way of surfing…getting towed into the wave by a Jet Ski. You see…when a wave reaches 30-40+ feet, it moves too fast to catch by paddling!
Here is a video of Laird catching 40-50+ foot waves…totally insane!
So What Does Laird’s Typical Workout Week Look Like?
Monday: Circuit training with weights. He works the entire body in about 1.5 to 2 hours. He chooses 20 different exercises and does enough sets per exercise to get 105 reps (this is a rough workout, by the way).
Tuesday: Rides a mountain bike for 2 hours, followed by “sand training” (lunges, push-ups, log pull, sand dune sprints), and ends with “water activity” (surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing, etc.)
Wednesday: Circuit training…followed by a “short” bike ride of 1.5 hours.
Thursday: Bike (mountain or road for 2.5 hours), sand training(lunges, push-ups, log pull, sand dune sprints), and water activity (surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing, etc.)
Friday: Circuit training…followed by a “short” bike ride of 1.5 hours.
Saturday:Rest (surf if the waves are breaking nicely)
Sunday: Bike (mountain or road for 2.5 hours), sand training(lunges, push-ups, log pull, sand dune sprints), and water activity (surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing, etc.)
One More Amazing Video…Laird Pretty Much Catches a Tsunami Here! (turn up your speakers…this video will give you chills)
Wow…this guy is seriously active…and 10 times more studly than any bulky bodybuilder! Laird shows that in order to get in peak condition, you have to work the body in a number of different ways. I’m inspired to “think outside of the box” and change up my routine a bit. The main thing I’ve learned by looking at Laird’s workout routine, is to incorporate doing activities you enjoy into your workout(mountain biking, surfing, running on the beach, etc.)
If Laird Hamilton’s workout routine doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will!
Now go outside and burn some calories!