You may know him from Deadpool 2, or from his time with the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, or Washington Redskins. In any case, there’s no denying that Terry Crews is obscenely ripped for a man over 50. So, does he have a magic fountain of youth and fitness tucked away in his backyard?
Not at all. What Crews’ does have is a commitment to a hardcore workout plan – and a 16:8 intermittent fasting schedule. So what does Terry Crews’ intermittent fasting protocol look? Here’s what he has to say about it.
What does Terry Crews’ meal plan include?
For the most part, Terry Crews’ fasting plan is a typical 16:8 plan, though his eating window does fall later in the day than is usual. “My first meal is at 2 p.m.,” he says, “and then I eat from 2 to 10.” He also allows himself some indulgences which technically break the fast – a spoon of coconut oil, for example.
“Within the times I don’t eat – the fasting period, which is a 16-hour fasting,” he says, “I drink amino acid drinks. I’ll have coffee, maybe tea; sometimes I’ll have a little coconut oil on a spoon (that makes you feel a little satiated), that kind of thing. But it’s never a meal.”
He takes it a step further occasionally and allows himself a “cheat day” – or even two. And not just a cheat day but, in his own words, a “legendary cheat day” when he eats whenever and whatever he wants. Here’s how he explains it:
“It’s one of those things that actually helps you work out. When you say, ‘don’t do this, don’t do that,’ it’s like when they say ‘don’t step on the grass.’ The first thing you want to do is step on the grass.” He continues, “What you have to do is always indulge yourself occasionally so that you can keep your sanity. I eat really, really good; really clean, but sometimes there’s a whole weekend where I’m like, ‘Hey, I eat whatever I want.’”
He may be a little unorthodox when it comes to his intermittent fasting plan, but Terry Crews is definitely doing something right; he’s 51, but he has the body of a man half his age. “Over the last five years, it’s really kept me in great shape,” he says. “I literally can put pictures [of me] now vs. pictures of myself at 22 years old, and I look and feel much better right now.”
Of course, part of it may be down to his workout. If Crews’ intermittent fasting plan is a little lax in some areas, his exercise routine certainly isn’t.
Terry Crews’ workout routine is not for the faint of heart
While Terry Crews only added intermittent fasting to his lifestyle a handful of years ago, he’s been doing the same workout for nearly half his life. “Literally 90 percent of it has been the same thing for 20 years,” he says, though he’s focusing on his chest right now – and he’s happy to share the routine that sculpted that chiseled upper body.
His upper body workout consists of XX different exercises.
- Pushups. Crews performs pushups to warm up before every chest workout.
- Incline bench press
- Barbell bench press
- More pushups (“I do tons of pushups,” he says.)
- Dumbell curls
- Biceps curls
It’s a grueling workout, but what has put it over the top, Terry Crews says, is his intermittent fasting schedule. He works out early in the morning, long before his 2 p.m. eating window, and he feels that the fasting makes his workouts more productive – at least for now.
Before he started intermittent fasting, he says, he thought to himself, “I don’t like the way I feel. I’ve got to change something. Let me try this.” – “This” is intermittent fasting, which he added to the plan.
For now, he’s happy with the results.
But he doesn’t rule out making changes to his routine, whether that means adding something new or dropping something he’s currently doing. “And you know what? There might be another stage where I try something else,” he says.