Workout Routines

Adam Levine's total-body workout for functional strength

Under all that ink, the 38-year-old music star has a muscled body he keeps in shape with a varied approach—kicking it in the gym, drilling on the b-ball court, and nailing poses in the yoga studio.

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Adam Levine's 'Get Out and Do Shit' Workout Routine
Timothy White
Timothy White
Duration 45
Exercises 8
Equipment Yes

If Adam Levine has time to stay active, you do too.

Between hustling to promote the return of NBC’s The Voice (Season 13 starts September 25), prepping a tour with Maroon 5 to support its upcoming full-length EP, and being a husband, dad, and businessman with stakes in everything from clothes to tequila, the dude is seemingly in perpetual motion.

Still, at age 38, Levine makes time to weight train, play golf and basketball, and do yoga—no matter if he’s at home or on the road. “One thing I’ve come to learn: Just get out and do shit,” he says. “That’s more important than sticking to a meticulous workout schedule.”

Until a few years ago, Levine was practicing yoga “almost daily,” says longtime friend and yoga instructor Chad Dennis. When Levine was looking to switch things up, Dennis recommended celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, who continues to serve as the frontman for Levine’s diet and training regimens. “Adam is an anomaly,” Pasternak says. “He’s attack, attack, attack, and no matter what I throw at him, he doesn’t complain.”

Adds Dennis: “It’s come full circle, with Adam doing more yoga again and realizing that as he gets older he has to have plasticity along with strength and conditioning.”

Pasternak is always on the hunt to find “new and interesting ways to keep [Levine’s] mind challenged.” The latest find was basketball trainer Idan Ravin. Known as “the Hoops Whisperer,” Ravin has a soft-spoken, often metaphysical approach that’s allowed ballers like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and dozens more to elevate their games to new heights.

“I explain things in a language that’s understandable and adaptable,” says Ravin. “So a lot of what I do with Adam is in the context of music. For example, he has to find the beat when he moves.” Those whispers seem to be coming in loud and clear. “I’ve played basketball my whole life,” says Levine, “but working with Idan, it’s like, ‘Holy shit! I’ve been doing this all wrong.’”

In the gym, Levine also works with former Marine and D-I strength coach Gabe Rangel.

“Adam travels a lot, so when he’s in town we buckle down,” Rangel says. Sometimes that includes doing a “max-effort lift and auxiliary lifts supporting that muscle group,” or a full-body routine like the one shown here.

Directions

Perform each group (marked A, B, C) as either a superset or triset. Rest 90 seconds between each set.

Before starting the workout, complete a dynamic warmup with knee-to-chest pulls, hip cradles, carioca, hip openers, high knees, and power skips.

*For the power sled suicide, complete the following:

  • High-handle push for 5 yards + low-handle push for 5 yards
  • High-handle push for 10 yards + low-handle push for 10 yards
  • High-handle push for 15 yards + low-handle push for 15 yards

Adam Levine's total-body workout for functional strength Do 3 rounds

Exercise 1A.

Half-Kneeling Cable Chop You'll need: Cable Machine How to
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3 sets
10 (each side) reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 1B.

Lateral Band Walk You'll need: Resistance Band How to
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3 sets
20 reps
90 sec. rest

Exercise 2A.

Sprint You'll need: No Equipment How to
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3 sets
3 reps
0 sec. rest
First to free-throw line and back, then to half-court and back, then to opposite free-throw line and back, then full-court and back.

Exercise 2B.

Reverse Scoop Throw You'll need: Medicine Ball How to
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3 sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 2C.

TRX Squat You'll need: TRX How to
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3 sets
10 reps
90 sec. rest

Exercise 3A.

Seated dumbbell overhead press You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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3 sets
10 reps
90 sec. rest

Exercise 3B.

Pullup You'll need: Pullup Bar How to
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3 sets
10 reps
90 sec. rest
Set 1: pronated grip. Set 2: neutral grip. Set 3: supinated grip.

Exercise 4.

Sled pull and push How to
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3 sets
10 reps
90 sec. rest
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