Mike Vogel Fitness Routines
Actor, Mike Vogel star of Cloverfield, keeps himself in great shape. Mike takes pride in his celebrity body and has formulated a diet and regiment that he can stick to. Mike is on the cover of Men’s Health’s February 2008 issue. Below are some highlights from the article.
Mike Vogel Diet
“When I hit 25, my six-pack slowly became a five and a half, then a five.” He consulted his nutritionist: Mom. “At 49, she’s a competitive bodybuilder,” he says. “She’s been a big factor in how I’ve changed my diet.” Out: Big, calorie-packed meals. In: Smaller portions of lean meat and vegetables throughout the day.
Mike Vogel on Working Out
“My wife and I had a little girl last February, so going to the gym became impossible.” “We bought a home gym. I roll out of bed, walk into the garage, work out, and go about my day. I’ll bring my daughter out there in her ExerSaucer. I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to a gym.”
“When I graduated from high school, I weighed 125 pounds because of wrestling. Suddenly I realized I could eat whatever I wanted — plus, creatine was new at the time.” “I went from 125 to 175 pounds, working out like crazy. I was yoked.” “But I wasn’t drinking enough fluids and ended up with a kidney stone — and 3 weeks of pure hell.”
“I do things that are very uncharacteristic of a normal workout routine,” he says. “I hate cardio. Absolutely hate it. I grew up as a wrestler, so it was constant cardio, cardio, cardio. The thought of getting on a treadmill…”
Mike Vogel Loves Baseball
“I’m an addict,” he says. He plays in tournaments whenever he can. But the sport didn’t become a fat burner until a trainer friend turned baseball drills into hard-core workouts. Vogel does this routine once or twice a week.
“We start out with Oriole drills.” “First we do an all-out sprint down the first-base line, jog from first to home, sprint from home to first to second, then jog home. Then we sprint from home around to third and jog home. Finally, we sprint all the way around. We rest 30 seconds, and then do it all again.”
After that, Vogel takes grounders at “breakneck” speed, scooping up five to 10 at every position, moving around the infield as fast as he can. Then he picks a position in the infield while his friend stands 15 feet away and rapid-fires grounders to Vogel, which he then hurls at the backstop.
“It’s one after another, as fast as we can,” “After a minute, you literally can’t breathe.”
“The experience brought me back to a realistic regimen. Now I do a pretty standard 4-day lifting cycle: chest and triceps on day 1, back and biceps on day 2, shoulders and traps on day 3, and then legs on the fourth day. I’ll do 4 sets of everything, but I’ll start out the first 2 sets doing higher reps, 10 to 12. The last 2 sets I’ll go higher weight, lower rep. Sometimes I’ll take a lot of weight off and do a fifth set until I burn out.”
Mike Vogel’s Favorite Cheat Meal
“My wife is a terrific Southern cook. My favorite of all the great things she cooks is ‘trash potatoes.’ That’s mashed potatoes with sour cream, bacon, cheddar cheese, and horseradish. It’s a total gut bomb. I can’t eat stuff like that whenever I want anymore, so when I have it, it’s a treat.” (Source: Mens Health Magazine)