Fitness 360: David Otunga, Case For Fitness—Training

You’d think four or five days of professional wrestling would be enough training for one man, but not David Otunga. Follow his fast-paced, bodybuilding-style regimen.

David Otunga is a professional wrestler. That means he has to be in top physical condition all the freaking time. To ensure that his body is strong, injury free, and super aesthetic, David trains and trains hard. He works out 5-7 days per week. Follow his routine to build your own ring-worthy body.

David Otunga Fit 360

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David says that pro wrestling is one of the hardest things he's ever done. "Basically, I get my butt kicked every night in different cities all over the world. I get my butt kicked in front of an audience. My body has to withstand it, and it has to look good doing it."

To maintain his conditioning, David finds a gym everywhere he goes. As soon as he gets off a plane, he looks for a gym and works out—even if he has a match that night. "I'll work out hard, but I'll give myself enough time to rest before the match."

To attain his physique, David trains like a bodybuilder. "I've always considered myself a bodybuilder at heart. That's how I got into training, [by] reading all the bodybuilding magazines."

He goes into each training session with a specific muscle group he wants to smash. The exact lifts, though, aren't set in stone. They change based upon his injuries, how he feels, and how he wants to train. "If I'm in a new gym and they have a cool preacher-curl machine, I'll try that instead of doing the straight-bar curls I had in mind. I'll still get a great pump doing what I feel like doing, rather than making myself crank out the straight-bar curls I wasn't feeling that hot about."

David's training is also very goal-oriented. Every workout, he tries to out-do his previous workout. "It isn't always the weight. It might be one more rep, or more quality reps, or less rest time. Either way, there's always something I'm reaching toward."

David also has to maintain great cardiovascular endurance to wrestle with the best. The problem though, is that he doesn't really like doing cardio. Instead of sprinting on the treadmill or spending an hour on the Stairmill, David lifts with short rest periods. "I put the weight down, just rest long enough to get in a few deep breaths, then I'm back on the weight. It keeps my heart rate up." Lately, Otunga has been using a heart-rate monitor to make sure that his BPM (beats per minute) is in the right zone.

David also makes a special note about his music. "I always have to have my music. I cannot train without my music. My playlist is set up to change for each workout. I want certain sets and reps to be more intense. So, my music builds up in intensity."

David's Training Regimen ///
Day 1: Chest Workout A

(10 a.m. before RAW)

Note: Rest 30-60 seconds between sets

Day 2: Back Workout A/Biceps

(10 am before Smackdown)

Note: Rest 30-60 seconds between sets

Day 3: Legs

(As soon as I land in Chicago, about 7 a.m., I go to the gym for my workout before heading home.)

Note: Rest 30-60 seconds between sets

Day 4: Chest Workout B

(Early afternoon)

Note: Rest 30-60 seconds between sets

Day 5: Back Workout B/Biceps

(3 p.m. before WWE Live Event)

Note: Rest 30-60 seconds between sets

Day 6: Shoulders/Triceps

(3:00 pm before WWE Live Event)

Note: Rest 30-60 seconds between sets

Day 7: Rest