New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is, to put it mildly, a very unique individual.
He’s won more Super Bowls than any other signal caller, including one last year. He is still playing football at an elite level at the age of 42. He’s married to the one-time highest paid model in the world, Gisele Bundchen. And he has some very unusual “methods” of getting and staying fit.
Brady covers the September 2019 issue of Men’s Health as he heads into his 20th season in the NFL and explained some of these methods, including his offseason diet and fitness routine which includes a weight-free, banded workout and a whole lot of water.
“I’m doing a lot of chillin’,” Brady tells Men’s Health. “But I also like to get my workouts in.” Brady works out here with his trainer and cofounder of his company, TB12, Alex Guerrero. Workouts begin on the massage table for deep muscle work. Brady then picks up a resistance band and completes various movement drills including squats, lunges, and planks. He then returns to the message table. The philosophy is “pliability” — a word scrawled across Brady’s shirt and baked into TB12.
For solo muscle work, Brady says he takes his pliability roller on the road. “I use it always before my workouts — which is critical — and then always right after,” he says.
Brady says he tries to get in four or five workouts each week now, including a variety of banded-shoulder exercises — the kind you might see a pitcher pump out in the bullpen. Brady’s favorite piece of equipment: “the butt blaster.” Why? “Because it blasts my butt!” (He says his glutes are his “engine”; “that’s what I need more of.”)
As for his diet, it, like the man who follows it, is very, very unique.
Here’s some of what Brady typically consumes in a given day.
• 20-ounce glass of water infused with electrolytes
• Smoothie, typically with blueberries, bananas, nuts, and seeds
• Avocado and eggs
• More electrolyte-infused water
• A post-workout protein shake
• Fish and vegetables
• Hummus, guacamole, or mixed nuts
• Roasted vegetables and chicken
• More water
For snacks, he likes grapes, blueberries, apples, pears, bananas, cucumbers, kale, and spinach.
And for cheat meals, which he claims he has, Brady says he will have some bacon or a pizza and maybe some chocolate.
“You should never restrict what you really want. We’re humans, here for one life,” said Brady. “What’s changed as I’ve gotten older is now if I want pizza, I want the best pizza. I don’t eat a slice that tastes like shit and then wonder, ‘Why am I eating shit pizza?'”
Take a little tour of Brady’s gym and his fridge below and see how it compares to yours. (Spoiler: it doesn’t.)
Check out Brady’s full exercise band workout here.