Ross Lynch first gained notice for his roles on Disney Channel Austin and Ally And the teen beach movie He is arguably best known for his portrayal of Harvey Kinkle, the beloved sweetheart of Sabrina Spellman in Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. But these days, Lynch has been making headlines for jumping on a tank top while touring with his band Driver era. The pop band, consisting of Ross and his older brother, Rocky Lynch, is currently touring throughout the United States and Canada, and their third album, Summer MixtapeIt will be released on September 16th.
The kind of high-energy performance (without a shirt!) that Ross puts on stage requires a lot of stamina and, as you might expect, is made possible with a consistent exercise regimen backed by a balanced diet. between shows, GQ Ross met to discuss saunas, intermittent fasting, and how eating on the tour is different from eating at home.
JQ: What kind of training have you been doing to achieve this physique?
Ross Lynch: Over the past few years, I’ve been really into biohacking. Which is exactly what it sounds like. It is basically about doing little tricks and tricks to your body that are really good for you. For example, I really like to do ice baths. Especially after an infrared sauna, if at all possible. Most of the time, I’ll buy a $40 ice cream and throw it in the tub. And I’ll only jump for about five minutes, depending on the temperature.
There are other things I like to do, like intermittent fasting, which basically means you eat your food in a certain window. My favorite window is from 2pm to 8pm, and I usually have lunch at two, then dinner at seven. And then I wouldn’t eat from 8pm until 2pm the next day. The coffee is ok, but there are no calories in there. One of the main things I love about fasting is autophagy, which is basically the process of dying your weaker cells, and replacing them with entirely new cells. It really improves your sleep when your body is not digesting food, and sleep is a very important factor for physical health. Especially for muscle regeneration, mental clarity and fat burning.
How long have you been fasting intermittently?
Some years now, but I’m not perfect: there will be months sometimes when I won’t. Usually when I’m at home it’s easier to be strict. On the Tour, our schedules are always changing and we are always in new time zones. Sometimes you only have to eat when you can eat because your body needs fuel. But I’ve been doing this for years and love the mental clarity it brings me. I love energy. You really feel strong, focused and clean. It’s kind of addictive. I think everyone probably eats a lot.
Walk me through a moderate workout during your day.
As far as physical activity goes, consistency is more important than intensity. I will try to do some gymnastics at least once a day. Whether it’s pull-ups, pushups, bodyweight exercises, gun squats or horse poses, you literally sit in a low squat position for as long as possible.
What about heart disease? Are you a fan of heart disease?
I do cardio on stage every night. I feel like a lot of people overlook the physical effort I put in when I perform, because not everyone performs the same. I tend to perform with a lot of energy. I like to have as much fun as possible on stage. There seems to be a lot of jumping, a lot of running. I constantly focus on the diaphragm because I sing the entire show. I think this has a lot to do with my body too, because if you’re focusing on your belly and you squeeze and do it night after night after night, it definitely has an effect on those muscles.
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