Musician Miguel Shares the Workout That Helps Him Find Inner Peace

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While singer Miguel may have an at-home gym, his go-to fitness routine isn’t lifting weights or using a rowing machine (though he still engages in these activities as often as he can). Instead, he’s more comfortable reconnecting with nature by walking long trails and doing modified exercise routines. Yep, this 35-year-old singer is old school.

Miguel brought the Men’s Health crew out on the trail with him to show off his back-to-nature training plan. “It’s just about getting your body engaged, and hopefully moving on to the rest of your day,” he says.

For the singer, working out outside is more than just getting fit. Sure, he has to work harder to modify his exercises—doing pull-ups on a tree branch or incline pushups on a table. But even though the heat is scorching and the sun is bearing down on him, he says he's never felt more at peace. “It’s a crazy world out there, got a lot of chaos in the mind,” he says. “And, the workout has been [the] number one defence for all that stuff. You know, I got there, that’s my place where I can just let it all go. All my frustration, all that bad shit we all deal with on a day-to-day, so I can do what I’m here to do.”

One key feature of Miguel’s workout is that it’s on the go. He does use a set routine, but he’s not rigid about it—sometimes he wears a weighted vest, other times he doesn’t. His mantra is doing what makes him, his mind, and his body feel good. “I don’t bring much,” he says. “It’s really just about creating a workout on the fly, you know? We get to create.”

And, once the workout is all and done, what better way to relax and cool down than some guided meditation? “Meditation has been a daily practice,” he explains. “After a workout, you’re real clear. You just ease right into it, and when you’re done, you’re completely able to sort of jiu-jitsu any bullshit throughout the day.”

Miguel’s Outdoor HIIT Workout Routine

Perform each exercise for 30 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Repeat as desired for up to 3 total rounds.

  • Pull-ups

  • Lunges

  • Criss-Cross Pull-ups

  • Biceps Curls

  • Inverted Rows

  • Burpees

  • Goblet Squat

  • Hands-Elevated Pushups

  • Step-up

  • Feet-elevated Pushups

  • Box Jump

  • Planks

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