Zac Efron brings his muscular, yet athletic and aesthetically pleasing physique many talents to the movie reboot of Baywatch: he rides a motorcycle, struts in heels and expertly conveys the kind of entitlement that only an ego-inflated, IQ-deficient celebrity athlete can possess. But if you’ve heard his name mentioned in the same breath as Baywatch, it’s likely the words “abs,” “workout” or “insanely jacked” were not far behind.
There are no two ways about it: though Efron’s frequent shirtlessness has previously laid bare his commitment to physical fitness, he seems to have reached peak abs in this new film. His diet consisted, for a time, only of “organic grass fed/free range protein and organic leafy greens.” In one scene, dude actually carries two refrigerators on his back.
But should he ever decide he needs a break from movie-making, he would have a bright future as a physique competitor, according to Steve Weinberger, head judge for the National Physique Committee and the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness and co-owner of the Bev Francis Power House Gym in Syosset, N.Y.
Weinberger, who has judged fitness competitions for 25 years, says that although Efron’s current build isn’t bulked up enough for bodybuilding, he’s a great fit for physique competitions, a more recent sport for athletes, according to the IFBB, “who prefer to develop a less muscular, yet athletic and aesthetically pleasing physique.”
“I think he’d be a good competitor because he’s in excellent condition,” says Weinberger, who lauds Efron’s abdominals, in particular. But in order to excel, he would need to direct some additional focus to one area in particular: his back. “What he really needs is a wider back. His back is a little narrow. It’s kind of straight up and down.” According to Weinberger, the desired result could be achieved by a combination of chin-ups or lateral pull-downs.
When asked who would win a throwdown between Efron and Michelangelo’s David — long considered (by antiquated standards of manhood) the ideal masculine form — Weinberger doesn’t hesitate. “Zac would win. Zac’s is actually harder than David. David is pale white. Zac has nice color — it looks like he’s been out in the sun.” Doing crunches — and saving lives.
some of the funky things I would have to Boost calorie burn and satiety while preserving lean muscle mass.
Packed with essential nutrients that keep your skin, hair, bones and heart healthy, there’s virtually no prep work or cleanup with shakes. But not just any drink will do. Protein sips from local gyms and juice shops often carry more added sugar than a dozen donuts and the same holds true for some recipes you’ll find on the web. Sorry to say, slugging those back every day won’t get you any closer to your summer body goal.
JELLY PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
Nutrition: 228 calories, 7.5 g fat, 1.3 g saturated fat, 23 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 16 g protein
Protein Source: Soy milk, peanut butter and protein powder
If you’re a big fan of the classic childhood sandwich, you’ve got to give this recipe a try—it’s like sipping a little bit of salty-sweet heaven through a straw. Blending frozen berries with all-natural peanut butter, vanilla protein, rolled oats and soy milk helps create the protein-packed delicious taste—without tons of excess calories. If you’re not a fan of soy milk, feel free to sub in any type of unsweetened milk you prefer. It won’t alter the taste or nutrition profile much.
Nutrition: 231 calories, 8 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 23 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 11 f sugar, 19 g protein
Protein Source: Almond milk, spinach, optional protein powder, flax meal, chia seeds
This is the spinach smoothie for people who don’t like spinach—but want to. Thanks to the addition of mango, pineapple and banana, you won’t even taste the leafy green—but you’ll still reap all of its health benefits. In fact, this drink serves up 33 percent of the day’s vitamin A—most of which comes from the leaves. The addition of chia seeds and flax provides four grams of satiating fiber so be sure to keep those in the mix if you’re looking to sip as much protein as possible.
Get the recipe from The Blonde Buckeye.
Nutrition: 212 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 17 g carbs, 0.7 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 42 g protein
Protein Source: Fat-free cottage cheese and protein powder
Key Lime pie may taste great, but with ingredients like heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, butter and sugar it’s anything but great for your waistline. This shake, on the other hand, is low in sugar and overflowing with 42 grams of muscle-building protein—that’s more than a day’s worth of the nutrient for someone who’s not very active and nearly half of what you’ll need if you’re a religious gym rat. We know the addition of cottage cheese may sound a bit strange, but that’s what gives this drink its satisfying milkshake-esque consistency. If you’re sensitive to dairy, swap in tofu to achieve the same texture. To keep your drink as healthy as possible, nix the pudding mix and xanthan gum—they only add calories and chemicals you don’t need.
Nutrition: 211 calories, 3.3 g fat, 0.9 g sat fat, 24 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 19 grams sugar, 19 grams protein
Protein Source: Cottage cheese, skim milk
Fat-free cottage cheese, skim milk, cookies, vanilla and a touch of Stevia team up to create a mouthwatering concoction that only tastes sinful. While it is a bit high in sugar, 13 grams are the naturally occurring variety from the dairy, so it won’t throw your diet off track. Although this drink shouldn’t be your everyday go-to—it does contain Oreos, after all—it’s an excellent alternative whenever a craving for something sweet strikes. Opting for this over a Dairy Queen Oreo Cookie Blizzard of the same size will save you 20 grams of fat and 48 grams of sugar!
Nutrition: 209 calories, 1.8 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 42 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 28 g sugar 8 g protein
Protein Source: Greek yogurt
You’ll be whisked away on a mini mental-vacation the second you start sipping this tropical-tasting smoothie. Don’t let the high carb and sugar count scare you off; it’s coming from berries, an orange and banana—all vitamin- and fiber-rich produce that will keep you trim and healthy.