The easiest way to make it work is to be consistent. “You eat the same things every day,” Aulet says.”You’re not eating for flavor or taste—you’re only doing so to achieve your goal.”
Aulet typically aims for two-a-days when prepping for a show or shoot, with a 40-minute session of moderate-intensity cardio five mornings a week (“You don’t want to kick your ass to lose muscle,” he says), plus 45-minute split-set weight training sessions in the evenings: chest and back on Mondays, legs on Wednesdays, shoulders/biceps/triceps on Fridays, and core, calves, and traps on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
If he can’t dedicate the time, he does HITT-style workouts five days a week which consists of resistance training with strict 60-second rest periods so the sessions double as cardio. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, that’ll be 5 sets of 9-12 reps of barbell squats or other leg-press movements, bench presses, deadlifts, and bent-over rows, followed by three supersets of 10 bicep curls and 10 tricep extensions, and finishing with three supersets of of 10 dips and 10 pullups. Tuesdays and Thursdays hit the delts, calves, and abs and include four sets of 15 barbells shoulder press superset with 15 upright rows; three sets of 12-15 lateral raises superset with standing or seated calves; and three sets of an abs tri-set: jack knives, mountain climbers, and spiderman-plank side crunches, each to failure back to back, with 60 seconds between sets.
5. Understand that you can’t do this forever
Once the show is over, Aulets eats. Then, it’s back to eating and exercising sensibly, not strictly. “When I’m not in training, I still kick my ass with workouts and always maintain an intelligent, conscientious diet,” he says. For example, that omelette might have cheese, and he’ll add in some more carbs. “I also enjoy my meals more on the weekends—like eating pancakes with my kids—but for one or two meals, not the entire weekend.