Fresh off his YouTube videos in which he recreated the diets and training regimes of movie star Chris Hemsworth and bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger, fitness vlogger Jesse James West switches things up for his latest challenge, and spends the day eating and working out like UFC star Conor McGregor.
One of the keys to MMA is flexibility, so West starts off with some 7 a.m. stretching. He then heads out for a morning run, before the first meal of the day: smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, kale, and cherry tomatoes, totalling 561 calories. "Today I'm going to be following one of Conor's leaner diets," says West. "This is his Sirtfood diet... High protein, high fat tends to be a trend with professional athletes."
Shortly after, he sits down for his pre-workout meal: yogurt, coffee, and almonds (162 calories), before hitting the exercise bike for 5 seconds of maximum effort, followed by 3 full minutes. "This is so much harder than it looks," he says. "I can't breathe, my legs are on fire."
Next up are 10 exhausting, 15-second sets on the rowing machine, and then a training session focusing on explosion and power. The routine includes barbell front squats, muscle-ups, weighted dips, standing overhead press, underhand chin-ups, and hanging leg raises. "Hell of a workout," he says. "That was killer."
The third meal of the day is steak and veggies (631 calories). "Again, high fat, high protein," says West. He follows this with another pre-workout snack of nuts, fruit and coffee (160 calories). "Don't have nuts if you're trying to get lean," he advises.
The second workout is a sparring session in the octagon at Miller Brothers MMA, during which West humbly accepts the moniker "McGregor Jr." After that, it's time for another meal, this time chicken with sweet potatoes and string beans (784 calories).
"Conor, if you want to fight me someday, I'm totally down to throw a round," he says. "I might knock you out!"
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