Today in The Wall Street Journal, our very own Rick Davidson is the star of the recurring feature “What’s Your Workout.” Interviewed by Jen Murphy, Rick details every aspect of his workouts and training regimens, including what he eats, how he works out, how long his training sessions are and how he manages to maintain his athleticism while traveling the globe for CENTURY 21.
In the feature which is titled “Climb Every Mountain (But Train Hard First)”, Rick shares that he first fell in love with mountain climbing 16 years ago on a trip to Mexico. On that trip he summited La Malinche, Iztaccihuatl and Pico de Orizaba (the highest mountain in Mexico). Since that first adventure, Rick has climbed 14 mountains!
One of the greatest mysteries of Rick’s fitness routine is how he manages to find time to train given his incredibly busy schedule. He shared with The Wall Street Journal that he estimates he spends 70% of his time traveling and as such, has learned to work out on the road.
“‘My favorite way to see a city is by mountain bike,’ he says. ‘Every city has a bike rental shop.’ On a recent business trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil, he took two clients on a five-hour urban mountain biking excursion. ‘We saw virtually every part of the core areas of the city. It’s a great way to see the market first-hand and build relationships.’”
Think all of this exercising and healthy eating means Rick never indulges? On the contrary! In the feature he explains to Jen Murphy that one of the most difficult aspects of mountain climbing is dealing with the altitude and how it causes a loss of appetite. With that in mind, he packs junk food!
“‘The altitude makes people lose their appetite so you have to bring foods that you really like,’ says Mr. Davidson. If he’s climbing Mount Rainier in two days he may pack four slices of pizza, a rotisserie chicken, gummy bears, canned salmon, trail mix, Snickers bars and energy drinks like Accelerade. ‘Folks who don’t have a lot of experience buy energy bars that don’t taste great at sea level so they don’t taste great at 10,000 feet when you’re hungry. They’re very jealous of my cheese pizza and chicken.’ Mr. Davidson splurges on dessert, like peach pie with ice cream, when he gets off the mountain. ‘Sometimes I even have two slices,’ he says.”
The article goes on to break down Rick’s typical workouts, his training schedule, the cost of his gear and his personal tips for making your fitness plan a success.
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