Go-To Workout

Working out is a vital part of any healthy human’s weekly activities. Whether you’re someone that has an everyday regimen or just choosing to be active a couple days a week, keeping your body moving is a healthy choice on any level. For Jeremy McGrath, his key to staying fit involves staying loose with a flexible workout schedule that allows him to adapt to his busy life as a dad, sponsored athlete, and business owner. Jeremy explained, “If we’re being honest here, I don’t really have a set workout. What I try and do is go on at least an hour or hour and 15-minute-long mountain bike ride, and then mix in some sit ups and push-ups within that. Then I’ll finish up with some stretching and that’s sort of my three to four day a week mandatory workout.”

Cycling is a great way to get a cardio workout, and Jeremy’s most common rides are in the hills near his house, “I do a little bit of both mountain biking and road biking, but I prefer mountain biking just because I can do it right out of the house where I live.” Sometimes, a hybrid ride/workout is the ticket as well, “I try to do some pushups, maybe even on my ride. I’ll stop at the top of the hill or something like that, and then I also do sit-ups before bed. I usually try and do around 2-3 sets of 15-20 pushups. I’m not going over the top, but I’m also not racing anymore either! I keep my goals within reason and I just stay honest with myself." A good workout is always complemented by stretching, and he mentioned both the timing of his stretching and his rides alike, “I like to stretch after my rides, and I try not to ride in the mornings either because I want my body to get loosened up and kind of warmed up before I work out. So, I like to try and ride around 10:30am or 11:00am, or later on around 2:00pm if there wasn’t time in the morning. I do a series of general stretches, trying to keep my hamstrings and glutes as loose as I can. I try and keep my lower body limber for sure, and my upper body gets a pretty good stretch most of the time because I’m always doing stuff.” The reality is that any adult has obligations and a schedule to keep up on, and sometimes workouts can take a backseat and that’s ok as long as you stick to the long-term program goals. MC explained adapting, “I’ve found that it’s a heck of a lot easier to stay with it than to let yourself get so far out of it and have to restart everything. Some weeks are a lot harder than others, and some are fairly easy depending on my schedule. I haven’t lost the love for fitness and things like that even though it’s a lot harder as an older guy. I still love to do it and if I can fit in time to put into it in between my family and regular daily life then I do choose to do it. Basically, if I have the time, I am going to get out there and do something.”

Lastly, McGrath discussed how learning your body along with resting and recovery is just as important as the workouts themselves. He concluded, “I think the most important thing is being able to know your own body, because everyone requires a little bit different formula. Rest is key, and you’ll hear all top athletes say that. Your rest days are just as important as your hard days. Back in the day a lot of that wasn’t learned and thank goodness I learned my body and what worked best for me.”