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The former Nickelodeon mainstay and new memoirist explains his fitness philosophy and shows off his training.
Josh Peck isn’t just the goofy big kid you remember from his teen roles on Nickelodeon in the early 2000s. You might’ve caught the now 35-year-old actor on Hulu’s How I Met Your Father, seen clips from his YouTube channel, or heard that he joined the stacked cast of Christopher Nolan’s next epic, Oppenheimer—but most recently, Peck turned to a different medium: writing. He published a memoir, Happy People Are Annoying, that covers his life and career up to this point.
Peck met up with the MH crew to open up a little more on one specific part of his life: fitness. "Throughout my life I had no baseline for fitness," Peck says, noting that he while he loved sports, he weighed over 300 pounds at one point during his teenage years. "Inevitably, when I got that big I wasn’t really able to keep up. When I eventually lost a hundred pounds, that journey was very specific to me, because I had to learn how to do one pushup, or one pullup."
He transformed his body and got into CrossFit training, but then went too far in the opposite direction, injuring his pectoral muscle—"Josh Peck tore his pec," he jokes—during a bench press workout. Now, a bit older and wiser, Peck stays active using boxing and Tabata-style interval workouts. "I try to do very self-sustaining workouts," he says.
Check out Peck’s workout, which mixes "sucky" movements pushups and pullups, kettlebells, compound lifts, and more.
3 to 6 3 minute rounds
Perform each exercise back-to-back using a descending ladder of reps, starting at 10, then 9, then continue down until you perform 1 rep for each. Rest as needed.
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Brett Williams, a fitness editor at Men’s Health, is a NASM-CPT certified trainer and former pro football player and tech reporter who splits his workout time between strength and conditioning training, martial arts, and running. You can find his work elsewhere at Mashable, Thrillist, and other outlets.
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