I've been a bit of a sucker for wrestling ever since I was a young kid trying to recreate some of the Saturday night WWE action with my brother.
One of the wrestlers that has always ranked high on my list is Randy Orton, and not just because of his sculpted body.
He also happens to be the youngest world heavyweight champion in WWE history, and there has to be more to his workout routine than most people think.
So, I spent a few weeks going through old interviews to see if I could piece together a workout and diet plan for our readers to try out.
- Born: April 1, 1980
- Height: 6’5”
- Weight: 250 lbs
- Waist: 34”
- Chest: 46”
It’s that imposing height and weight, along with the incredible speed, that gave him awesome wrestling skills from a very young age.
And here’s how Randy Orton works his body.
Randy Orton Workout Routine
Randy has a very strict workout plan, and it involves spending several hours at the gym at least five days a week. In my years of coaching, I've seen the benefits of a strict workout plan like Randy's, involving several hours at the gym five days a week.
The reps slightly change depending on whether Randy Orton is in a bulking or cutting phase.
But it’s unlikely that he ever does much more than 15 reps.
Over the years, Randy Orton's workout and diet routines have evolved significantly, adapting to his changing body, the evolving demands of professional wrestling, and his personal growth as an athlete, reflecting a dynamic approach to fitness and health management.
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- Alternating DB hammer curls (3 sets of 12 reps)
- Alternating DB curls (3 sets of 12 reps)
- Overhead triceps extensions (3 sets of 12 reps)
- Barbell curls (3 sets of 12 reps)
- French curls (3 sets of 12 reps)
- Lateral raises (3 sets of 12 reps)
- Arnold press (3 sets of 12 reps)
- Upright rows (3 sets of 12 reps)
- Shrugs (3 sets of 12 reps)
- Military press (3 sets of 12 reps)
- Back Squats (3 sets of 10 reps)
- Calf raises (3 sets of 10 reps)
- Leg/thigh extensions (3 sets of 10 reps)
- Lunge walk (3 sets of 15 reps)
- Hamstring curls (3 sets of 10 reps)
- Incline barbell bench presses (3 sets of 10 reps)
- Flat bench presses (3 sets of 10 reps)
- Weighted push-ups (3 sets of 15 reps)
- Cable crossovers (3 sets of 10 reps)
- Decline bench press (3 sets of 10 reps)
- Straight leg deadlifts (3 sets of 10 reps)
- Lat pull-downs (3 sets of 10 reps)
- Weighted pull-ups (3 sets of 10 reps)
- Back extensions (3 sets of 10 reps)
- T-bar rows (3 sets of 10 reps)
- Seated cable rows (3 sets of 10 reps)
You’ll be well in need of some rest, but make sure that you make this an active rest day.
As a coach, I always advise an active rest day, similar to Randy's approach, to keep the muscles engaged yet rested.
That doesn’t mean adding some cardio. Just go for a few walks or an easy hike to keep your muscles moving and reduce stiffness.
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His Workout Principles
It might seem like professional wrestlers are mountains of muscle that are powerful but slow.
But Randy believes in training for fast-twitch muscle fibers  as well, and that’s what contributed to his speed and agility in the ring.
“I entered this ring Randy Orton, Legend Killer. When all was said and done, I left as Randy Orton, Legend.”
- Randy Orton
Drawing from my coaching experience, I can attest to the effectiveness of Randy Orton's training strategy that combines low volume, high-intensity workouts with fast-paced exercises.
This balanced approach benefits athletes aiming for both strength and agility, rather than just lifting heavy weights.
To maintain his peak physical and mental condition, Randy Orton incorporates specific psychological strategies into his training regimen, focusing on mental resilience and motivation, which are as crucial as his physical workouts.
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Randy Orton’s Diet Plan
For a 6’5” tall man like Randy Orton, to get to 250 lbs of muscle requires a lot of food.
Having coached athletes of Randy's stature, I understand the necessity of a substantial diet to reach 250 lbs of muscle.
Here is what a typical day would look like:
- Breakfast: 6 egg omelet, Large bowl of oatmeal with nuts and berries
- Snack: 2 protein shakes or 3 protein bars
- Lunch: Tuna steaks, Large portion of vegetables and Sweet potato
- Snack: Large protein shake
- Dinner: Grilled chicken or lean steak Large portion of whole-grain pasta or rice Bowl of leafy greens
His Diet Principles
Randy Orton's diet, crucial in his journey to becoming a world heavyweight champion, is flexible yet focused.
He alternates between low and high carbohydrate intake based on his bulking needs, while consistently maintaining a high protein diet.
But one thing Randy Orton is strict about is that he never eats junk food or even pre-prepared food.
Everything he eats is freshly prepared. I guess he can pay someone to spend several hours a day preparing food, but that is an important part of his success.
Randy hasn’t spoken a huge amount about the supplements he takes for his workout routine, but here are some that we’ve pulled from interviews.
1. Whey Protein
You might have noticed some protein shakes on the above diet plan, and with whey protein, you should be able to get the ideal amino acid profile for protein synthesis in each muscle group.
2. Protein Bars
These are also helpful to boost your protein intake throughout the day as well as fill you up enough as a snack.
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