The secrets to this Atlanta guy’s sexy fitness success

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Maybe you spotted him shirtless at that Ready 4 Hope event. With an infectious smile and the muscled body you'd expect from a trainer, Adam Cooper makes quite an impact. So we asked him about his passion for fitness and how he tones up his body so he can strip down at charity events.

Cooper, 22, recently moved to Atlanta from Dover, Ohio. And as an American Council on Exercise certified trainer, he's looking to share his focus on fitness with others. But if you work with him, be prepared to take that workout outdoors.

“Although I'm new to the area, I've quickly fallen in love with both the city and the community that inhabits it,” Cooper says. “I enjoy working out and taking care of myself. I find a lot of pleasure in cooking, especially if I'm having friends or family over for dinner. I'd prefer to be outside than inside any day.”

What got you so focused on fitness?

When I started studying the human body, I became fascinated with the kinetics of the human body. Human movement and the body's positions within those movements are just a combination of biomechanics and movement technique. As a personal trainer, my job is to help people life longer healthier lives by exposing people to a broad palette of movements. By making people express body control through full, normal range of motion, and inefficiencies in their motor-control and mobility. Then based on those inefficiencies we can work together to fix this issues and restore their body's natural kinetics.

The diet: Steer clear of the junk

My natural body type is known as an ectomorph, which makes it pretty hard for me to put on weight. Both fat weight and lean weight. That being said, I eat a lot of food! I steer clear of many junk foods. I tend to eat a lot of eggs, chicken, steak, ezekiel bread, oatmeal, brown rice, sweet potatoes and broccoli. I often snack on many different fruit whenever I have a craving for something sweet.

The workout: Vary that cycle

I typically will do a 5-day cycle with my weight lifting routine with variations in exercises each cycle. Since my goals are aimed towards muscular hypertrophy, I will do 3-6 sets with 6-12 reps for each workout. Since I am trying to put on weight, I don't do a lot of cardio. When I do cardio I will usually run, jump rope and get on a stair climber.

My 5-day workout cycle looks like this: Day 1 is chest and triceps, Day 2 is back and biceps, Day 3 is legs and Day 4 is shoulders. On day 5, I rest.

Biggest challenge: The food

I think the toughest part about staying fit is the essence of time. We all have so many things going on in our day-to-day lives. The hardest challenge for me isn't finding the time to go to the gym and workout, though. I'm lucky enough to work in a gym. I think the hardest part for me is finding the time to cook all my meals, let alone find the time during the day to eat them.

Your motivation: Better today than yesterday

I've set a personal goal for myself that I am striving for every single day. My goal is so to constantly be better than I was yesterday physically, intellectually and spiritually. Working out, studying, and meditation play big roles in my day-to-day life.

Final fitness thoughts: Get that shut eye

If I could offer you one piece of advice it would be to sleep. Many of us do not get enough sleep to really reap the benefits of sleep, such as the natural release of human growth hormone (HGH) turning sleep. HGH plays a huge role in muscle and cellular regeneration.

Third photo courtesy Keith Bailey


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