Michael Strahan Covers Men’s Fitness, Talks Diet and Workout Regimen

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 08/05/2014 | 10:00 AM EDT

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Despite his engagement to Nicole Murphy being called off, Michael Strahan is on a career high - and he’s feeling and looking good while doing it.


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The dominating talk show host and recent NFL Hall of Fame inductee is the new cover model for Men’s Fitness.


Strahan, who is 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, tells the fitness magazine that at 42 years old he’s never felt better.


“I feel better than I did when I was playing,” Strahan said. “And not only when I was playing [pro], but when I was a young player, in my early 20s.”


The cover story reveals that the television personality usually hits the gym every morning before running over to the set of his prospective hosting jobs, “Good Morning America” and “Live with Kelly and Michael.”


His morning workout is shorter; a half-hour of high intensity training with an emphasis on body weight. Strahan’s trainer Latreal Mitchell usually has the star do kettlebells, which consists of three rounds of seven exercises, with minimal breaks.


“I hate kettlebells,” Strahan reveals. They also sometimes rotate intervals between the rowing machine, the bike, and the treadmill, which they don’t turn on. Strahan pushes the belt with his own power.


Strahan also reveals that he was teased as a youngster for being overweight. His brothers used to call him BOB, which stood for “Booty on Back.” The future star athlete was so bothered by the teasing that he went out and purchased Jane Fonda workout tapes.


Strahan has replaced much of his heavy-lifting training with more high-intensity cardio work and more body weight and functional training, which sees the star more lean than he’s ever been.


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For his diet Strahan minimizes his intake of sugar, dairy, and pasta, while focusing on a high-protein diet. Mitchell demands that Strahan adhere to her “80/20” plan, which means he eats clean 80 percent of the time.


But the host admits that he still has sugar from time to time, but his taste for it has changed over the years. His once favorite snack Oreos, for example, he says, taste like “a stale cookie with Crisco on top.”

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