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What's your workout: Mark Olkiewicz


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Briefly describe your daily/weekly workout routine.

Monday, I work on my back; Tuesdays are my chest; Wednesday, my legs; Thursday, my shoulders; on Friday, my arms; and Saturday and Sunday are cardio.

What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?

My fit friends in college.

Why is it something you have stuck with?

I love the benefits, not just physically, but mentally and spiritually too.

How do you make time to work out?

Doing it first thing in the morning makes sure nothing gets in the way.

When and why did you get serious about fitness?

In 1995, a friend offered to meet me at the gym at 5 a.m. after he had worked all night.

Have you lost or gained muscle mass through working out?

I have gained muscle mass.

What’s your favorite exercise?

Hamstring curls

Any exercises you dread, but do anyway? Why?

My lower back, but I do it because I know it is good for core strength.

Do you listen to music while you work out? If so, what’s on your playlist?

A lot of dance music. Anything happy and upbeat.

Do you follow a special diet? If so, describe it briefly. Do you “cheat” much?

I have a protein shake after every lifting day. A salad with protein for lunch every weekday. Sunday is officially cheat day.

Do you have a favorite fitness moment, for example, when you reached a tough fitness goal or overcame a plateau?

When I finally started working out regularly in 1995.

What do you do to motivate yourself when you just don’t want to work out?

Skip it, regret it and don’t skip the next day.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start working out?

Start light — otherwise, you’ll wake up in pain in two days and never want to go back again.

What’s a little-known fitness fact about you?

I can do 500-pound calf raises.

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