In the Zone: The Steele Project

Last week, I introduced you to my friend, Josh Steele, of The Steele Project (check out the interview here). I’ve asked him to come back every once in a while to share some of his tips for getting and staying fit and healthy. —M.S.

For me, keeping myself healthy and accountable for my weight is a full-time job. My days look something like this: On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I work with personal-training clients at the gym between 5–8 a.m. (that’s right, I get up at 4:45 a.m.) and before I go to my full-time job. Because of the nature of my sales gig, my schedule (and my food) needs to be easily adaptable, so I typically pack a lunch and snacks before heading out for the day. If I’m home at night, I’ll head to the gym to lift and do some cardio, followed by a class. And then, I try to get at least eight hours of sleep.

As far as exercise goes, I really like to try out new things that push me past what I think my limits are, like kickboxing and spinning. But, I do have some must-haves for staying fit and healthy, inside and out:

CrossFitI enjoy pushing myself, and so CrossFit is something I do a lot (although I don’t do some of the more hardcore routines because of my knees). When I’m at CrossFit (which I try to do, even when I travel for work), I always get excited when I see certain exercises in the WOD (Workout of the Day): kettlebell swings, wall ball, sit ups, deadlifts, and the rowing machine.

Rowing Machine: Since I’m so tall, this is something I am good at, and I’ve become a big fan of using this machine as part of my cardio workout.

Exercises: My top five at-the-gym moves are bicep curls, deadlifts, along with bench, shoulder, and leg presses. If I can get all of these in, I feel like I’ve gotten a good workout.

Reading: We all know how good reading is for your mind. Not only to gain knowledge, but for your overall mental health. I’ve just discovered that reading is actually fun (it was never something I was great at in school). To get myself started, I picked up Michael Strahan’s Wake Up Happy, and I’ve made reading that part of my nighttime routine before bed. I’m all about expanding my horizons and this is a great way to do that.