David Aaron How to Get In Shape

I have an interview below with my friend David Aaron (picture to the right) who is a young urban professional with an exceptional physique.

I met David a few years ago when we were both reverse commuting out to Greenwich, CT from NYC to our investment jobs. David literally looked like a professional athlete despite working very long hours (14-15 hour days, 5 days a week).

David is now working in business development for a large media company, but his workouts are still just as intense and his physique is just as exceptional.

In this information packed interview, David shares:

• How he stays motivated to go to the gym with a busy schedule
• His 2 favorite strength training exercises
• How he structures his strength training routine
• An awesome interval training cardio routine he uses
• His “Engine Check” to make sure his body is healthy
• How he never deprives himself of his favorite foods, but still eats well

You can play the 30 minute audio of our conversation below, which flows from motivation, to exercise, then nutrition, and the content gets better and better as you go along. Feel free to download it to your ipod/iphone so you can listen to it at the gym, or on your way to work for some extra motivation. I also have a written transcript of our conversation if you prefer reading.

Please thank David for being gracious with his time and sharing his insights by leaving a comment!

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Written Transcript:

Get in Great Shape

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    Pat Sep 15, 2010 - 12:42 #

    Good interview! Two minutes at 11 on the treadmill?! It gives me something to shoot for.

    That’s definitely a good way to keep focused too. If my mind starts to wander at 11, I don’t think I’ll be on the treadmill for long.

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    Marc Perry Sep 15, 2010 - 12:56 #

    Haha. That’s a good point, Pat. In a couple weeks I’m going to add an article about an interval training workout I did with David that was insane.

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    Gordon Sep 15, 2010 - 21:44 #

    David works out harder than most but he maintains a balanced view of his weight and continues to enjoy foods he loves, in moderation. Great encouragement for anyone seeking to improve health, train for a sport or gain a little muscle while losing fat.

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      Marc Perry Sep 15, 2010 - 22:08 #

      Hey Gordon, I totally agree. That’s why I was so excited to get David on BuiltLean.com. He has an awesome philosophy.

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    Dat D00d Sep 20, 2010 - 01:49 #

    ha ha. Funny how the black male is referred to as “Urban”. I guarantee non of the white investment professionals are referred as: young and urban.

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      Marc Perry Sep 20, 2010 - 08:12 #

      @ Dat D00d – Actually, yes, a white professional who lives in an urban area is referred to as “young urban professional”. I even issued a press release about “Young Urban Professionals Get Lean and Fit with New BuiltLean.com: http://bit.ly/d6iYTw. In NYC, this is common parlance. Thanks for leaving a comment and hope you enjoyed the article.

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    Bob Sep 20, 2010 - 05:01 #

    It’s not intense, once in a while work outs but regular, frequent workouts, even relatively short ones, that make the difference.

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    Cameron Sep 20, 2010 - 21:07 #

    Great article and interview. Inspires me to keep going.

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      Marc Perry Sep 20, 2010 - 23:41 #

      @ Cameron – Thanks for leaving a comment, I appreciate it. Really excited you enjoyed it!

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    Kishalay Sep 26, 2010 - 00:17 #

    Marc this is great because I just recently graduated and find it difficult to consistently work out while working close to 40 hrs a week and getting my master’s degree. One thing I question is sleep. Is David sleeping 7-8 hrs? I ask because I know when I hit the big muscles (chest, back, legs) hard, I feel like I need 10 hours of sleep that night to be able to function at work and in the classroom.

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      Marc Perry Sep 26, 2010 - 01:04 #

      @Kishalay – Thanks for leaving a comment. Sleep is a very important subject I plan on exploring in depth in the future, but I would say in general 8 hours is solid (it works great for me), but it depends on the individual. Many people function great on around 7-8 hours, and from what I recall, David sleeps around 6-8 hours per night. Also, the quality of the sleep is very important, which can be affected by the temperature of your bedroom (cooler is better), sleeping patterns (having very different wake and bed times throughout the week can mess up sleep cycles), and a number of other variables. Your body will acclimate over time as you workout more, so you may feel like you need 10 hours of sleep, but your body will get used to the workouts.

      I hope this is helpful for you. Good luck with your studies and I think hitting the gym is a great way to relieve some stress and keep your energy levels up so you can power through with your job AND study really hard!

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    Erin Jan 13, 2011 - 13:00 #

    Umm…..are you single Marc?

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      Marc Perry Jan 16, 2011 - 16:04 #

      @Erin – Haha. As of now yes.

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    Gordon Jan 16, 2011 - 16:32 #

    The benefits of strength training are numerous. Check out this article on a new study touting the benefits as related to lowering blood pressure.

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    Erin Mar 29, 2011 - 10:29 #

    Well Marc, it just so happens I am a Certified Personal Trainer as well. I really enjoy reading your website. You have great knowledge and wonderful tips.

    P.S. I’m single too! Haha!

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