After his videos, in which he followed the diets of actors like Hugh Jackman, Tom Ellis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, YouTuber Aseel Soueid felt it was time to face the GOAT. In his latest video, he spends the day living like basketball legend LeBron James. That means taking on the NBA star’s grueling workout and then eating his or her favorite food.
Soueid starts the training with LeBron’s preferred strength training combination, starting with 4 sets of 12 deadlifts. “I already remember why I don’t deadlift,” he says after his first sentence. “They kick your ass … It really really hits the core, legs, hamstrings, back and the whole nine meters.”
He follows with 4 sets of 12 reps on the standing barbell lock and 4 sets of 12 on the barbell bent over the row.
Then it’s time for the body weight: 3 sets of 20 wide-grip pushups, which he does relatively easily, and 3 sets of 15 pull-ups. “Insane respect for LeBron James,” he says. “3 sets of 15 is a amount of pull-ups. For a man this size, pull-ups are a lot harder than you think. “He adds that this number of reps would normally be” effortless “for him. However, when he comes straight off the deadlift and barbell rows, he’s struggling with his grip strength – and it takes 2-3 minutes for him to stand between each set to rest.
Soueid rounds off the LeBron training with 30 minutes of yoga, which supports mobility in all other intensive training sessions.
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And then it’s finally time for the post-workout meal, which in this case is a replica of LeBron’s exact Blaze Pizza order, inspired by his involvement with the restaurant chain. The pizza is topped with spicy red sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, grilled chicken, turkey meatballs, banana peppers, cherry tomatoes, garlic, basil, green peppers, olives, red onions, spinach, sea salt, arugula and olive oil. There is also a starter salad with chicken breast.
Soueid’s judgment is simple. “I’m so damn happy right now,” he says. “It’s worth all of those 4 sentences out of 12.”
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