Can You Workout Like Mark Martin Does?
October 31, 2012 1 Comment
CORNELIUS, N.C. — Ever wonder if you could work out like Mark Martin?
Now is your chance.
Nearly every day the 53-year-old driver of the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota logs on to www.weighttraining.com under the name 55markmartin and posts the weight, sets, and repetitions he did in the gym.
Take a look at it if you dare, but it’s not for the faint of heart.
The Michael Waltrip Racing driver logged about seven sets of a dozen weight exercises Thursday ranging from triceps and chest exercises to something called “behind the head skull crushers.”
He lifted over 28,000 lbs. in total that morning. He’s burned over 20,000 calories since he started keeping an online diary. One day his focus is on chest and triceps, the next day it might be shoulders followed by legs the next day. Even his off days include cardio, stretching and foam rolling.
“It’s a fun way to keep the fans who want to follow along with what I’m doing,” said Martin who boasts seven percent body fat. “Everyone always asked about my workouts so I thought it would be kind of fun to start recording them for all to see. Weight lifting and nutrition are my passions.”
Martin often interacts with fellow weight lifters on the website’s message board.
“I don’t do this to influence other people,” said Martin. “If it motivates them that’s great. I just enjoy talking with fellow lifters. It’s a way of life. It inspires me.”
Don’t mistake the weightlifting talk for losing interest in racing. Martin hasn’t lost any desire or skill. He’s won four poles in 2012 and earned nine top-10 finishes in 21 races.
“I’m still as fiery a competitor as I was the first time I came here in 1981,” Martin said recently. “I work with what I have just like I did the first time I came here. I work with all the passion that I have and I love racing. I’ve been blessed to be in great race cars. I’ve managed to be able to do what I do and there’s no reason to quit. It’s the fire. It’s the desire. I will compete.”
Now comes the weightlifting part.
“When I don’t drive race cars anymore, I will compete. That’s a little bit why I like lifting weights. Every day I go into the gym, I’m competing against myself. I will find a way to compete.”