This Magic Mike dancer has the most varied workout regime we’ve ever seen
Magic Mike Live is coming to Australia and we caught up with dancer Petr Fedorovskil about he gets in shape for what is, we imagine, a VERY demanding job.
The last two years have been “a bit different” for Magic Mike performer Petr Fedorovskil. He’s moved to Australia, started a family, and says he “wasn’t in my normal athletic fitness level” as he would’ve been previously while travelling and working as a dancer.
But now, as the Magic Mike Live tour approaches kick-off, we spoke with Petr about how he’s been preparing mentally and physically for what is a very demanding job on both fronts.
Body+Soul: Were you this fit prior to joining the Magic Mike Show tour? Did you have to change your diet in the lead-up?
Petr Fedorovski: I am always active, surfing, I love sports, and training outdoors, but I have had to recently train harder and get ‘show fit’! I have definitely altered my diet to really prepare my body for what’s to come. Limiting the cakes and cutting out the beer [laughs]. I’m trying to not obsess over it but definitely being careful, it’s just part of what I do.
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What does your weekly workout schedule look like?
I believe in variety and creativity with my workouts. It’s good to look good and see the results but it’s more important about how you feel inside and creating longevity in your health and my career. So surfing, outdoor calisthenics, bike riding, beach runs, classic gym sessions get me fired up, of course.
Getting a good pump while hitting the heavy weights feels motivating and helps me with my aerial strength. Boxing is a passion of mine and the occasional rock climbing to assist me in my aerial training for the show. Like I said, variety! I am always searching for new ways to excite me and shock my system!
How many hours do you workout?
My workouts usually go for about an hour and a half.
What exercises do you find gives you the best results?
Calisthenics and bodyweight training give me the best results that I am looking for. For me, I need a mix of body weight and heavy weight lifting for both endurance and strengthening building. Stretching is also key to keep the body supple and prevents injuries. Yoga is awesome for this.
Do you change your routine in lead up?
Yes definitely, I need to train and target specific muscle groups as I am doing the aerial number and it requires specific exercises and to use the aerial apparatus to train. From finger to forearm ligament training to climbing the silk or rope. Loads of core, back and upper body gymnastic style exercises are always part of that routine leading up.
What’s your favourite/fun exercise?
I love a good chest session at the gym, I really enjoy muscle-ups on the rings as they’re fun and really challenging.
Could you sum up your experience of the tour?
I’m incredibly grateful that I get to do what I love and work in such a fun and supportive environment. We have an amazingly talented cast, production crew and creative directors and I feel so lucky that I get to work with them.
It pushes me to constantly learn and grow as an artist and as a person. I am still pinching myself!
How do you feel after a show?
Definitely exhausted but so satisfied. You get used to it and adapt, but the buzz never goes away.
My favourite ritual is a nap in the afternoon of a show day. Recovery is everything. But leading up, I’m definitely getting inspired and motivated by good tunes. And I can’t forget a thorough warm-up. Then I just enjoy the company of my cast and getting into the show vibe.
Petr’s day on a plate
Never missing a meal is key. My morning routine is pretty much the same each day. I am a believer in the freshly made celery juice on an empty stomach every morning. It’s so good for water retention, great electrolytes for the brain, and incredibly hydrating.
I might have a bowl of porridge with chia seeds, nuts and berries. And of course 3-4 eggs/two yolks.
While I train hard taking men’s multivitamins, fish oil, and greens powder and probiotics. Your stomach health is key to absorbing those vitamins and minerals throughout the day!
Lunch and dinner vary; but it’s always a mix of good lean protein, loads of veggies and fruits! I always make a Mediterranean style salad with my dinner as a side, full of colour, lemon juice, olive oil, and Himalayan salt. Buckwheat is a favourite carb for me, being Eastern European, but it’s also incredibly healthy.
I always listen to my body, keep snacks close by and make sure I never go hungry! Loads of bananas, apples, bars, nuts and of course drinking plenty of water. Protein shakes and BCAA (branched-chain amino acids, natural products only) are essential during my heavy training days.
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