Robert Irvine Workout: How To Look Like The Most Muscular Chef On TV

When it comes to celebrity chefs, there is really no one in better shape that Robert Irvine of Dinner Impossible and Restaurant Impossible.

With his signature plain black shirts, wide back, and massive arms; Irvine is a skinny guy’s hero. But how exactly did Robert build his famous physique while still being able to enjoy all the amazing food he makes.

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The Robert Irvine workout

1) Robert doesn’t lift heavy weights

According to MensHealth, Robert doesn’t like to lift heavy. When I say he doesn’t lift heavy, I literally mean he doesn’t lift more than 45 pound dumbbells.

Instead of lifting heavy, Robert likes to lift high reps with almost no rest in between his sets. Typically, I recommend people to lift heavy, but hey, if it works for Robert then it should work for you to some extent. Just try to throw in a heavy set once in a while.

2) Robert likes to run

Robert is a fan of running. He states that because of the physical nature of his job, he feels that it’s necessary to be in top physical condition.

But in my opinion, running is a very energy demanding activity, so it’s best to only do it for 3 days a week max.

3) If short on time, Robert splits up his workouts

Robert is a man who doesn’t have a lot of time. Between filming and cooking, Robert sometimes doesn’t have the time to do his normal scheduled workout. So what does he do?

In this situation, Robert will split up his workout into 2 sessions. He will do a cardio session in the morning and a weight lifting session in the afternoon.

If you’re like Robert and you have very little time to get 1 long workout session done, then splitting up your workout is the smart thing to do.

Robert Irvine Diet

1) Healthy doesn’t mean boring

Being an all star chef, Robert Irvine is able to turn what would otherwise be bland healthy food into a healthy gourmet dish. “Instead of olive oil, use grapeseed oil,” says Irvine.

2) Use healthy ingredients to boost the flavor

Robert likes to use ingredients like rice vinegar and ginger to increase the flavor in his foods. By doing this he is able to increase the flavor without  increasing the calories.

Another good tip is to use a lot of spices since spices are calorie-free and can boost the flavor of your food immensely.

3) Don’t be afraid to be different

If you go out to the restaurant and don’t see anything diet freindly, then you should customize, according to Robert. If there is really nothing, Robert even suggests talking to the chef to see if he/she can customize the order to your needs. If you’re nice, most chefs won’t hesitate to cater to your needs.

4) End every meal with something sweet

Robert likes to end every meal with something a little sweet. His reasoning for this is because it gives your brain a signal that something the meal is over. For example, try to have a small scoop of ice cream or even just an apple to tell yourself that the meal is now over.

5) Eat breakfast

Robert loves to eat breakfast. By doing so he is able set the day right by getting a good amount of protein to help repair his muscles. A good breakfast to help you build muscle would consist of eggs, wheat toast, and bacon.

A Free Robert Irvine Workout Routine

Here’s a free sample workout routine to help you look like Robert Irvine. This workout is to be done 3 times per week on alternating days:


Incline dumbbell chest press – 3 sets x 10-12 reps

Flat barbell bench press- 3 sets x 15 reps

Military press – 3 sets x 10 reps

Machine shoulder press- 3 sets x 15 reps

Tricep pushdown – 3 sets x 12 reps

Lying tricep extension – 3 sets x 15 reps


Bent over dumbbell row- 3 sets x 10-12 reps

Wide grip cable row- 3 sets x 15 reps

Chin ups – 3 sets x 10 reps

Alternating hammer curls- 3 sets x 15 reps

Preacher curls – 3 sets x 12 reps

Reverse barbell curls – 3 sets x 15 reps


Back squats- 3 sets x 8 reps

Deadlift –  3 sets x 5 reps

Seated leg extension – 3 sets x 10 reps

Standing calf raise- 3 sets x 15 reps

Seated calf raise – 3 sets x 12 reps

Leg raises – 3 sets x 15 reps

A full blown workout to help gain muscle mass

If you want a full blown Robert Irvine workout, then be sure to check out The Muscle Maximizer by Kyle Leon, one of the world’s top muscle building coaches. It’s a program designed to help you gain 100% lean muscle mass with 0% body fat.

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