World famous, motivational speaker Tony Robbins claims that your body is a reflection of your mindset and your current personal success echoes the standards you identify yourself with. From that angle, Jason Momoa seems to measure himself against a very high benchmark because he and his celebrity trainer friend Eric Laciste are firm believers of living life to the fullest without any limitations.
Considering the range of work they dabble in, both men refuse to restrict themselves to any one particular approach or an exact professional role run by narrow, specific rules. No wonder they get along so well because they both strongly believe in leading a multi-dimensional life. Jason Momoa is an actor, producer, director, writer while his close friend Eric Laciste along with being a personal trainer to leading stuntmen of Hollywood is also a nutritionist, chef, author and producer. Living their life on the road, the two men earn ample experience that makes their life enjoyable and keeps them immune to the pain of the daily grind.
Setting up for quantum leap into the big league
Jason started his career with Baywatch Hawaii at the age of 19. He confessed he did not know much about acting back then, but his brief stint on the TV show defined his career goals. Before getting back to the hustle in Hollywood, Jason decided to travel the world for two years. That helped him build a genuine foundation with real life experience for the demanding career he had aspirations for. Not one to fret or fear, he decided if he failed to find his next big break, he would happily accede to a career as a biologist.
Find faith in deliberate, continuous progress
Despite brief spells of unemployment, Jason Momoa did begin to find consistent work on TV in 2004 (and ever since then) on shows like North shore and Stargate Atlantis thereafter.
As he got more seasoned, his job profiles got bigger and better. A major breakthrough came with Conan the Barbarian (2011) and the role of Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones. Although Conan bombed and his character in Game of Thrones was killed off right at the end of season one, the smoldering intensity coupled with the impressive build that he built for both those roles left a lasting impression in the minds of the audience. Now in 2016, he is all set to make his first appearance as Aquaman in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. In 2017, he will make his second appearance as the same superhero in The Justice League Part-one before appearing in the first of his three part movie deals for Aquaman in 2018.
Things that look too good to be true, require serious, strenuous hard work
People often think Jason Momoa attracts the opportunities he is getting because of the way he looks and take his appearance for granted. But if you hear it from the 6’4’’ tall hunk first hand, he will explain how he has to get up at 5 am to lift weights despite being scheduled to face a 13-15 hour work day ahead.
Bullied in school and rather lean and lanky throughout his twenties, Jason’s body was a far cry from the impressive muscle mass he carries now at 36, which he did not start building until he met Eric Laciste in 2009.
In the following short video, made during an on-site photo shoot for Men’s Health way back in 2014, Jason Momoa demonstrates that the mass you build in the gym should translate to effortless, functional movement in the real world. Else there is something wrong in your approach to gaining more strength.
How to go about transforming yourself? Understand first that nothing is forever
Whether you like it or not, neither your life nor your body is ever going to stay the same. You can take advantage of this inevitability to make sure you are progressing and not regressing to feel fulfilled.
Eric Laciste put Jason on a program he designed, called AR7 to cover the limitations imposed by the time crunch upon his time and schedule.
The feature from Muscle and Strength explains the basic guidelines behind this approach and how a moderately fit person looking for quick, time efficient workouts can incorporate the principles as a part of their workout routine.
However, with every new project Jason needs to adjust his body composition and physical appearance. Hence, his corresponding workouts change accordingly. Eric Laciste makes it clear on his YouTube vlog that in terms of range of motion, ligament and joint function, our bodies are the same and so are the exercises he prescribes to everybody. What varies is individual ability. To sustain ongoing improvement, focus on the principles behind every recommended star workout rather than the exact movements themselves.
In the following video, Eric Laciste demonstrates a novel, full body outdoor workout to torch fat outside the gym.
Fitness Advice by Jason Momoa
- Take the time to play with real food.
Extreme diets and extreme workouts are only for actors facing the pressure to look a certain way within limited time. But a regular person should stay away from extremes to maintain their sanity.
Jason explains that as you start eating mindfully, you will become aware of how different foods affect you. Depending upon whether you feel satiated or sluggish, it will help you understand what serves as the best fuel for your body.
With an orchard growing right at home, taking the pleasure to cook his own meals once in a while only goes to enhance his basic knowledge in nutrition. Rosemary, a herb scientifically proven to reduce muscle soreness grows in Jason’s backyard and he uses it as often as he can in his barbecue.
- Your body will wear out with time, so take mobility work, warm-ups and stretching seriously.
Age should definitely not be an excuse to let your body go. But most people make themselves vulnerable to injury as they get older because they hardly train systematically.
Muscle size comes with a cost if it is not gained while respecting the human body’s natural symmetry. Over a few years as some parts of the body get overdeveloped, they might start tugging and pulling at your tendons and ligaments to create discomfort. Counterbalance hardcore lifting with yoga and Pilates to dissipate stiffness from any part of your body. Though Jason is not a huge fan of yoga yet, but he subscribes to dynamic warm up and series of mobility drills to unlock his body before initiating any his lifting routine.
- Get a life outside the gym
Staying fit should not turn into an obsession to the point that you forget to indulge in outdoor activities. Before lifting weights to get big, rock climbing was the main source of exercise for Jason that he still engages in once in a while. He also loves skateboarding, surfing, rugby and playing around with his kids.
If it is up to him, he will always take his cardio outside. Meanwhile, he also loves to read books and consciously works on developing his artistic side because what is the point of being fit if you can’t think deep and outside the box!
- Indulge! But stay in control
Jason has no problem staying away from candy, chocolates, processed sugar and fast food. But he can’t do without his beer. He elaborates that an extremely disciplined life might take its toll to make you feel deprived eventually. Controlling your cravings is a great way to build a bigger reservoir of willpower in the long term.
But a couple of beers at the end of a hard day’s work are just what he needs to go to bed with satisfaction. He insists we all need such moments of comfort. By deciding with what and when, particularly after earning your reward, you are likely to feel better about yourself while staying on top of your hard earned fitness.
- Do not make personal trainers your crutch
There is a technique involved in every activity and lifting weights to gain muscle is no different. Use the help of personal trainers to educate yourself and remain conscious of habits that might cause cumulative harm in the long term. Stay open to learning because nobody can take charge of your body and life like you do!