By Danni Levy
Ed Quinn is better known as U.S. President Hunter Franklin in the popular drama series “The Oval.” The multi-talented ex-rock guitarist has also been a regular in shows such as “Two Broke Girls,” “Eureka,” “Mistresses,” and “One Day at a Time.”
With such a grueling schedule, Quinn knows the importance of keeping on top of his game when it comes to fitness. For a man who doesn’t appear to have time to sleep and doesn’t consider himself a “fitness fanatic”, we’d have to wonder how he manages to fit it all in.
We’re diving into Ed’s fitness routine and how he manages to stay in shape without it becoming all-consuming.
Ed’s thoughts on staying active…
Quinn has been working out his entire life, from being an athlete at college right through to his present acting career, he has managed to find the time to stay active and keep in shape. He surfs, snowboards, surfs, and somehow manages to fit in time for mountain biking too!
For Quinn, it’s about finding the right balance. He’s not constantly craving the gym and feeling the necessity to work out all the time. It’s about variety and keeping exercise interesting.
He firmly believes that staying strong is the key to longevity. It’s also important to stay in shape before getting to the starting line when he acts.
What about diet?
When it comes to diet, Quinn believes it’s what works best for you. You can spend a lot of time researching what’s best for someone else, but only you know what’s best for you and your body.
He doesn’t believe in strict meal plans and finds it better to “cycle on and off.” He plans his diet around fruits, vegetables, and protein and tries to cut out dry carbs, sugar, and gluten to stay “camera-ready”.
He also enjoys mixing things up, which includes intermittent fasting and cutting out certain foods to confuse the body and keep things fresh.
So, what does a typical Ed Quinn workout look like?
Taking a laid back approach to exercise doesn’t mean there’s no training involved. Quinn likes to fit in a workout before filming as he finds that it tends to be at a time when he has more energy.
So what’s the secret of staying in shape for the camera?
Check out the Ed Quinn workout below.
Floor Rope Climb
Using a secure rope to balance yourself, stand upright with your hands at head level as you begin to lean back. Lower down by moving your hands alternately down the rope, keeping the body straight until you are perpendicular to the floor. Go hand over hand to reverse the motion and return to the starting position.
Slider Single-Arm Wheelbarrow
Assume a push-up position with sliders placed under each palm. Keeping your hips still and torso in a plank position, slide one hand away from your body as the other arm lowers into a push-up. As the front hand slides back to return to the start position, rise up from the push-up and repeat on the other side.
Battle Rope Slams
Grab the ends of a battle rope in each hand, palms facing each other. Stand with feet at shoulder-width apart, toes pointing slightly out, and knees bent. Keeping the back straight and core engaged, lift both arms overhead in a wave-like motion and explosively slam the ropes into the ground.
Slider Fly Push-Up
Assume a push-up position with sliders placed under each palm. Keeping your body straight, slide both hands out wide as your chest lowers into a push-up. Open your hands to prevent the elbows flaring up toward your shoulders. To return to the starting position, pull your hands back in together whilst raising to the top of the push-up position.
Resistance band sprints
Securely tether heavy resistance bands to a stationary object and place them around your shoulders. Take a few steps away from the anchor point to create tension. With proper form, keeping the chest tall, sprint away from the resistance, pumping your arms and legs until your pace reaches a comfortable sprint.
Medicine Ball Slams
Begin standing tall, holding a medicine ball in both hands. Feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, and core engaged. Squat down slightly, then explosively swing your arms overhead to lift the medicine ball up. Forcefully slam the ball straight down between your feet, pressing your hips back and bending your knees. Squat down to pick the ball up off the floor and repeat.