Is it getting hot in here or is that just the sight of Adam Rippon’s muscles making us sweat? In an exclusive interview with Life & Style, the 28-year-old figure skater opened up about his training regimen — and how he sculpted his insanely fit physique — leading up to the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang County, South Korea.
According to Adam — the first openly gay man to ever qualify for the Winter Games as a U.S. competitor — he spends hours on the ice and at the gym to make sure he is in fighting form for the upcoming sports spectacle. “I think I’ve really kind of intensified my training since Nationals, which was our last event before the Olympics,” the Pennsylvania native said. “I’m on the ice about four hours a day and then I’m in the gym for another two. It’s definitely a full day of training.”
Though it’s hard work, Adam couldn’t be happier to endure the lengthy training sessions. “But, you know, I do it kind of all with joy because I’ve wanted nothing more than to go to the Olympics,” the athlete assured Life & Style. “The fact that I’m actually training for it is still surreal.”
After practicing his gravity-defying jumps on the ice — including his signature trick, the breathtaking “Rippon Lutz” — Adam continues to break a sweat with extra cardio and an emphasis on abdominal exercises. “In the gym, I do a ton of cardio so that I can have really good lung capacity for the programs that I’m about to do on the ice the next day. I do tons of core work,” he said. “A strong core is the basis of great fitness because if your core is strong, you have good balance and you’re engaged and can save yourself on landings.”
The handsome Olympian continued, “And then I’ll alternate between doing upper body and lower body. When I’m doing upper body stuff, I’m just basically trying to keep everything toned. And then with the legs, I just try to keep everything balanced. Because in skating, we are dominant on one side. We land on one leg and we take off on one leg for every jump.”
Of course, the byproduct of Adam’s hard work and dedication is his ridiculously ripped bod — which fans have definitely taken notice of thanks to his sexy shirtless snaps on Instagram. Asked how he feels about the attention he gets for his muscular build — particularly, his washboard abs — Adam told Life & Style that “it feels great.” He added, “I think it’s a lot of fun. I love posting on social media. I love engaging with people. I’ve been having a lot of fun with it.”
Same, Adam. Same. Learn more about Adam at teamusa.org. The Winter Olympics are live on Feb. 8.