This is incredibly brave!
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If you're hoping that Tim McGraw's fab and ridiculous 8 pack just showed up one day because he got sober, you need to rethink your hopes and dreams — sobriety was a big part, yes, but there's also the countless hours of hard work!
"No one wants to grow up to be a rock star to sing the same song over and over again in a studio. The reason you want to do this is to be in front of thousands of people, playing that guitar and doing what you love. And when I'm on stage, I want to feel good."
He feels good by training with martial arts expert and stunt man Roger Yuan, 52, three times a day — and starts five weeks prior to hitting the road. Here what Yaun said about the things he does to Tim:
"We work with pulleys, bars and do core training, strength and balanced movements to build up the muscles between the ribs and connective tissues. I have trained a lot of people and many are hard workers. But Tim is another animal. I have to rein him in and have to tell him, 'You can't do that much.' There is no quitting in him."
That's exactly what we would guess about him!
Tim hasn't given up EVERYTHING, though… which is good. A life of moderation is a happy life, but he also knows he has to kick it up if he indulges:
"I'll eat a cheeseburger now and then, and I love sweet tea. I like to eat. I like food. That is one of the reasons that I throw that extra hour of working out in."
We do too! It's just part of being a human, we suppose! LOLz!
If you're looking for specifics on what Tim does in his routine, well, look no further. Here's some of the stuff he gets into:
Tim's Pre-Tour Routine
7 a.m. Wake up
8 oz. Hot water, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, manuka honey UMF10+
Fresh berries (blue, black, straw), muesli, natural yogurt, mixed in a regular cereal bowl
Organic oats/bran porridge with raisins, sliced banana, maple syrup
8-9 a.m. Morning training session
10 a.m. Protein break
Fresh made Spelt flour pancakes made with soy milk, egg whites, powdered linseed/goji berries/flax seed
Optional toppings: fresh fruit compote or almond butter, or natural yogurt, and maple syrup
12-1 p.m. Midday training session
1:15 p.m. Lunch
Tuna mixed with chopped onions, celery, lemon juice and zest, Bragg's Aminos (soy sauce), chopped pickled sushi ginger, natural yogurt, and 1 teaspoon maple syrup
Served on halved avocado with side of alfalfa sprout/beetroot/spinach and rocket salad seasoned with rock salt, ground pepper, balsamic and olive oil
3 p.m. Snack
Handful of nuts almonds, pecans, or walnuts with a fruit smoothie
4:15-5:30 p.m. Afternoon training session
Specificity training, including stretch, warm down and 10-minute physio-massage
After training snack: apple or handful of grapes
7:30 p.m. Dinner
Grilled salmon marinated with lime juice, ginger, Vietnamese fish sauce, paprika, brown sugar and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds, chopped coriander and basil mix
Serve with blanched or stir fry green beans, or asparagus (olive oil and balsamic dressing) and sliced lightly fried polenta slices
Is it just us, or is he eating a LOT of maple syrup??
LOLz! It looks like it's working! Keep up the hard work, Tim — and congrats on the sobriety! It's worth it!
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