Wrestling superstar AJ Styles works hard to stay fit. But how does he overcome the challenges of staying fit while on the road? Styles answers this question in this exclusive interview.
The wrestling superstar shares his stay-fit-on-the-road secrets
BY PHILL FELTHAM
If you’ve ever watched his depth-defying matches on TV, you’ll know why wrestling superstar AJ Styles is popular with fans. And due to his hard work ethic and lasting popularity, Styles has enjoyed much success, winning a number of wrestling championships. However, there is a lot more to this man than what you see on camera.
AJ Styles commutes by plane at least 100 times a year. Add to that, the required workouts necessary to keep his body in shape for not only taking lumps, bumps, and body slams, but to stay athletically fit for television. Constant travel and performing night after night in the ring is also very stressful on the body. So, how does Styles pin these challenges to the mat? Well, Styles recently took time out of his busy schedule to share his body building secrets with the The Weekly Wanderer in this exclusive interview.
STYLES: I try to find a gym within close proximity to my hotel. If I can’t find one, I will try to do cardio at the small hotel gym. I usually do 30 minutes of cardio at the hotel before breakfast, but If I wake up at a later time and I’ve already eaten, I’ll do about 45 minutes of cardio.
TWW: How about your nutrition? What kind of food do you consume while you’re on the road?
STYLES: There’s not a lot [of healthy food options] to choose from. Some fast food places serve grilled-chicken sandwiches. Subway always has somewhat healthy food. I have to pick and choose where I eat, because healthy food choices aren’t always readily available.
TWW: As you mentioned, eating out isn’t always the best option, so what kind of packing techniques do you use that allows you to store food while on the road?
STYLES: There’s not really too much to pack, because I bring protein bars or shakes. I can throw stuff like that into a bag, and it doesn’t need much preparation. It works out pretty well.
TWW: How about your training? What are some of your favourite on-the-road exercises?
STYLES: I don’t have any favourite exercises. I always visit crossfit.com, find the workout of the day and do that. If for some reason, I can’t find a workout, then I do just cardio. The elliptical is my favourite cardio machine.
TWW: AJ, thanks for taking the time to speak with us today. What kind of advice would you give exercise enthusiasts looking to keep fit while on the road for an extended period?
STYLES: Always make time to exercise. There’s always a place to workout; even if there’s not a gym, you can exercise in your room or use the stairs in the hotel. There’s always something you can do. iT!