‘Always Sunny’ star Glenn Howerton shares his diet and workout
When a program has aired for as many years as It’s always nice in Philadelphia, it becomes difficult to differentiate the actors of the series from the characters they play. And as one of the main cast in what is now the longest-running live-action sitcom on American television, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Glenn Howerton is Dennis Reynolds, arguably the most depraved of the deeply misanthropic cabal in the series.
Dennis’ problematic, predatory and arguably sociopathic behavior was once again a key feature of Season 15, which ends on FXX tonight. His frequently referenced narcissism stems from his belief that he has the body and appearance of a ‘god’, and although Howerton is much less unsettling as an individual than Dennis, he works hard in his home gym to maintain his lean physique.
âIt’s good for you,â he said, âbut let’s be honest, it’s because I’m conceited and want to go back to my high school appearance, which was ripped apart.â
In a new Gym and fridge video, Howerton watch Men’s health around his home in Los Angeles. As a father of two, much of the real estate in the fridge is taken up by what his children eat, rather than what necessarily constitutes his daily diet (these hot dogs are for kids, he swears), and so he keeps a second “secret” fridge full of his own staples, including bone broth, lentil soups, peanut butter, turkey meatballs with almond butter, hemp seeds, green juice and cold brew.
There are also cupcakes and donuts, as Howerton likes to indulge himself every now and then, although there are some areas where he just doesn’t see the value of empty calories, like soda. âI quit drinking soda about 15 years ago,â he says. “Our kids have been drinking soda, but we’ve kept them away long enough that now when they have it, they think it’s gross, which is great, because it is.”
Howerton describes his usual diet as ‘plant-based’ rather than plant-based, as he was a vegan for years, but he now occasionally incorporates meat into vegetarian meals and will replace some of his pre-workout meals. by “knotty” smoothies filled with plant proteins, amino acids, creatine and collagen. âI eat for function, I’m not a foodie at all,â he says. “It’s not that I can’t enjoy a good meal, I can, I love a good meal, it’s just that it doesn’t matter as much to me as it does to others.”
He also practices intermittent fasting and has adjusted his morning routine to stay fasting longer, even if that means postponing his cup of coffee. âIt’s the main staple of my diet,â he says. “I read somewhere that you are not supposed to drink coffee first, which was torture for me, so now what I do is start with a full glass of water, maybe be a few supplements, then after I’m awake for about an hour and a half, two hours, then I have my coffee. “
When it comes to his training schedule, Howerton keeps it flexible rather than sticking to a strict training schedule.
âI would say I train three to six times a week,â he says. “I don’t have the discipline of Mark Wahlberg and I wake up at 3 in the morning when I have to be on set at 6 in the morning,” he says. “I’m just not going to do this.” However, he then adds that it would be quite fun to train with Wahlberg. âHe just knows a lot of things!
He wouldn’t go so far as to say he has a favorite exercise – “they all suck” – he tends to favor bodyweight workouts. “It’s like an animal thing, being able to pull your own body up, there’s something instinctive about it,” he says. “I don’t lift any more weight, because it hurts, and I don’t like it, and I don’t want to hurt myself.”
For weight exercises, Howerton will use a “mutt” bar, which combines elements of the Olympic bar, Swiss bar and dumbbell and allows him to go from an upper body exercise to an upper body exercise. another without wasting time changing weight. And while he would take big arms on big legs, he knows not to skip leg day and will load up Bulgarian split squats to roast his glutes and quads. âYou have to make sure that your butt is nice and firm,â he says. “I definitely have a better ass than Rob [McElhenney]. “
Even though he maintains “everything sucks,” Howerton’s diet and training means he’s in amazing shape at 45, though he admits he doesn’t have that high school body anymore. which he remembers so fondly. âIt would be a little ridiculous for me to be in the most amazing form in the world because none of the characters I play make sense,â he says. “I’m like Tom Cruise from Basic Cable.”
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