Here at Health Fitness Revolution we realize that the famous saying “sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll” is mostly true and that most rock stars live hard and die young. However, this being said, we put together a list of the Top 10 Fittest Rockstars- some are reformed bad-boys, reformed drug addicts, and others have lived healthy lifestyles all along. Each of these rockers demonstrate how healthy lifestyle and fitness has kept them young- and even kept them sane!
Samir Becic and the Health Fitness Revolution team is bringing your our list of the Top 10 Fittest Rockstars. These rockers are household names and we chose them in order to motivate everyone to be healthier, fitter, and more balanced. We chose them based on their fitness levels and body type- we recognize that not everyone is built the same with regards to their heritage and cultural background. We made sure that all of them use natural means to be healthy and fit!
We first researched all the available data on popular singers online and narrowed it down to 100. Then, we did more extensive research to narrow it down 50, 25, and then finally 10. We used a combination of interviews, internet, library, industry literature, and Samir Becic’s knowledge of over 33 years in athletics coupled with his experience as 4 times Number 1 Fitness Trainer in the World.
The Rockers on this list may not have always lead healthy lifestyles but they all do now! Which is why we feel they are a great example also promote healthy lifestyle to their fans.
The following was all taken into consideration: fitness level, nutritional habits, age, their own medical issues and how they coped with them, and involvement and promotion of healthy lifestyle in general. Our picks our listed in no particular order:
ADAM LEVINE- MAROON 5, 35 YEARS OLD
Dubbed the rock-star yogi, no one can deny that Adam Levine is in shape. He graced the cover of Men’s Health and says that every gig that Maroon 5 play, he has a room backstage dedicated to yoga. Although he used to do traditional weight lifting, he disliked he broadening neck and the injuries that came with heavy weight lifting. As he grew increasingly frustrated by lower-back pain and tight hips and hamstrings, he decided to give yoga a try. That was seven years ago, and Levine hasn’t lifted a weight or entered a gym since. He feels that yoga takes what you have and molds and sculpts it, which is a much more natural way to look and feel. He also raves about how yoga aids his mental well-being
“I have a hard time sitting still,” Levine says. “I can be all over the map. Yoga has given me the ability to be more focused and make better decisions that come from a clear place.”
Yes, it keeps his stamina up, his physique toned, and his abs ripped. Adam also follows a mostly vegan diet.
Anthony Keidis- Red Hot Chili Peppers Frontman, 51
He represents the new paradigm of the anti-geezer, middle-age-defying rock god. He’s super buff, held up as the model of healthy living by Men’s Fitness magazine, and has said he loves defying the idea of how society conventionally sees you at 40, 50, and 60. He has said
“Discovering surfing at this stage of my life is definitely going to keep me active till the day I die. So, yeah, I accept the challenge… In the same way that [the late American exercise and nutritional guru] Jack LaLanne did—doing things in his 70’s that no man on earth could do: pulling tugboats across the San Francisco Bay with his teeth.”
This type of attitude towards fitness is a far cry from when he was interviewed with is band in the 1980’s when he claimed the only exercise he got was sex! Today, he combines surfing with swimming in chlorine-free pools, long jogs with his dog in the Hollywood Hills, drinking a lot of water in the morning, accupuncture, dinner before 6, and a mostly vegan diet (although he eats sustainable fish). He has said of his previously hard-partying ways-
“I spent most of my life looking for the quick fix and the deep kick. I shot drugs under freeway off-ramps with Mexican gang-bangers and in thousand-dollar-a-day hotel suites. Now I sip vitamin-infused water and seek out wild, as opposed to farm-raised, salmon.”
Sting- The Police, 62
From many superstars in the world, Sting has been a perfect example of one who has maintained a healthy lifestyle and diet. The fact that he is now 62 and performs with as much energy as musicians a third of his age is proof that his current physical condition was not obtained overnight, but rather his consistent and long term healthy lifestyle over the years. Sting eats macrobiotic which consists of eating lots of grains that are combined with vegetables, avoiding processed foods that contain preservatives, as well as reducing the consumption of meat, dairy, and sugar. Since Sting has moved his whole family onto a farm, he grows over 50 different types of organic fruits and vegetables, raises chickens and turkey, and even has a small lake where he can catch his own trout. Even when on tour, Sting brings a personal chef with him so that he maintains his healthy diet at all times. In terms of fitness, Sting enjoys running and yoga, both for the physical benefits but also for its meditative aspects. Sting once said that yoga
“is like music, yoga is a long journey that will continue to grow and to learn, and very influential in the creative process.”
Bruce Sprinsteen, 64 years old
Unlike many of the rockers in this list and throughout history, Bruce’s own bandmates have said that he is anomaly in the sense that he never lived hard- that he was probably the only person that they knew who had never tried drugs at all. Springsteen, who has undergone therapy to treat his crippling, suicidal depression, never did drugs because he saw how it destroyed his unstable, alcoholic father, who used to beat him as a kid. He did, however, use exercise and healthy lifestyle as a way to maintain some balance in his life- which is why now, at the age of 64, he still has the same wait as he did when he was 15! Springsteen maintains his age-defying physique by running on the treadmill and lifting weights with a trainer–a workout routine he has followed since his thirties. In addition to his regimented training for the past 3 decades, Bruce eats a mostly vegetarian diet and spends time enjoying his family, and reading, all of which are important to healthy lifestyle.
Joan Jett- The Runaways, 55 years old
As she told the New York Times a few years ago,
“most days I feel like 25”
and she stays active by always being on the go. Like many musicians, a demanding tour schedule leaves little time to sit around, but she does find time to exercise when home in Long Island. She’s been known to go biking and knock out 50 push-ups during commercial breaks! She also seems like the poster style for healthy living by challenging rock star preconceptions- Joan doesn’t smoke or drink, and does her best to stay out of the sun’s harmful rays. In terms of healthy diet, Joan has been a vegetarian for over 20 years and is an advocate for vegetarianism, saying that we do not need animals to sustain ourselves. She says she works out regularly but its mostly how active she is on stage that keeps her toned.
Mick Jagger- The Rolling Stones, 70 years old
It seems as if this charismatic showman has always used every performance as a workout. Now, we know how he nails those leg kicks: ballet (for balance), Pilates and yoga! He told the Daily Mail that, with the help of personal trainer Torje Eike, he trains up to six days per week. This includes running 8 miles a day, swimming, kickboxing and cycling. Sir Mick has said:
“I train five or six days a week, but I don’t go crazy. I alternate between gym work and dancing, then I do sprints, things like that. I’m training for stamina.”
While on tour, he warms up on a treadmill, but cuts back on the intensity of his training because of the energy he expends on stage. In a typical show (the Stones’ stages are 100ft wide by 50ft deep) he covers 12 miles. For the past decade, Jagger has been a devotee of organic produce — he’s particularly fond of avocados because of their regenerative qualities.
Chris Daughtry- lead vocalist and guitarist of Daughtry, 34
Two years ago, this rocker lost 23 lbs by altering his lifestyle and incorporating more fitness into his routine. Chris rose to fame after coming in fourth on the fifth season of American Idol and noted how he initially gained 25 lbs from being on tour and eating a lot of junk. After losing the weight, he gave his tips in an interview where he stated that he avoids late night eating, he stays away from his favorite foods like pizza by keeping them out of his sight, he exercises daily, and when he does have a cheat meal, he works out extra hard:
“If I do eat those things, which is going to happen, I pay for my carnivorous sins right away,” he says. “I get more exercise and burn off the calories. You have to pay for them as you go, and not let them turn into 25 extra pounds. I’m not going to totally deprive myself of the things I love to eat; instead I’ll eat them in moderation and then immediately deal with the fallout.”
His exercise routine includes jumping around on-stage, circuit training, and cardio. Although nothing comes easy, he has made healthy lifestyle a priority in his life.
Lenny Kravitz, 49
This rock legend has been touring the world for almost three decades, and during his recent hiatus, he sold all his belongings and moved into an airstream trailer in the Bahamas to find himself and enjoy life. The self-professed enjoyer of life has always been known for being in shape and has said that although he has come close, he has never been drunk in his life- that he always knows when to stop. On his fitness routine he has said
“To stay fit, I always carry a jump rope with me. And I run. I like to be outdoors doing things that you can do with your body—pull-ups, sit-ups, push-ups, squats. Gyms are cool, but I find them boring. I prefer to run outside in nature—it’s far more inspiring.”
As far as nutrition goes, he has a Champion juicer with him at all times. He loves hitting the organic market or the farmer’s market and picking up some spinach, kale, carrots, beets, garlic—it really promotes great health. He is however, all about balance and says that because he lives half his year in Paris, he does indulge in champagne, pastries, and culinary food- all in moderation.
Dave Navarro- Jane’s Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers, 46
Navarro has admitted that he traded in his drug addiction for gym addiction and he is often seen snapped by the paparazzi leaving the gym! He has said
“I’m as obsessive with health as I was with destruction.”
Dave has been known to workout for 2 hours at a time and does so intensely. He has said in many interviews, however, that his addictive personality is an aspect he loves as long as it’s not chemical- and in the case of his fitness addiction, it’s actually beneficial to his health and reversing the years of damage he did on himself with his drug addiction.
Jon Bon Jovi- Bon Jovi, 52
His favorite type of exercise is running and he runs 6 days a week for about an hour. Don’t be surprised to see him throw on a hat and sunglasses and hit the streets for some cardio and fresh air when he is on tour, exercising outdoors is calming to him. He also lifts weights and works on balancing/stability exercises that helps him keep the same moves on stage he had 30 years ago. A few years ago, he discovered yoga and has been practicing every since
“I was doing Workout 101 for years: treadmill, elliptical, weights,” Jon Bon Jovi, said of incorporating yoga into his routine “Now I’m going to do yoga, and I enjoy it. I’m a 21st-century man.”
He also makes sure the band also travels with a multi talented professional who is a trainer, chiropractor and nutritionist, all in one. Jon’s favorite healthy foods are grilled fish and low fat Greek yogurt. He likes to snack on almonds, fruit and protein bars.
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