Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg (born 24 October 1989), better known online as PewDiePie, is a Swedish YouTuber and comedian known primarily for his Let’s Play videos and comedic formatted videos and shows.
“So on Mondays, I do push exercises, I do heavily on chest, and I finish off with shoulders. Tuesdays, I do legs, squats, dead-lifts, lunges. Wednesday, I do pull exercises. Thursday, I do leg again. And Friday, I finish with a mix of push and pull”.
In a video posted on May 28, 2020, PewDiePie revealed his journey to fitness and the workout that got him his ripped body. He also went into detail regarding his diet and philosophy, which was an interesting takeaway from the clip. The YouTube star explained that in the past he had gone to the gym and even enlisted the help of a personal trainer, but consistently found his motivation lacking. Instead, he opted to buy his own bench and weight set, which he used to sculpt his new body.
“So on Mondays, I do push exercises, I do heavily on chest, and I finish off with shoulders. Tuesdays, I do legs, squats, dead-lifts, lunges. Wednesday, I do pull exercises. Thursday, I do leg again. And Friday, I finish with a mix of push and pull,” he explains in the video. Fitness fans might recognise that method. It turns out PewDiePie’s impressive transformation is an example of the ‘Five Day Dumbbell Workout’ in action.
To complement the workout regime, PewDiePie also keeps a detailed journal of his performance. This way, he can stay motivated as he continuously attempts to improve on previous results.
Pewds revealed that he has drastically altered his diet to reflect the changes in his athletic output. He has significantly increased his protein intake, opting for more nuts and meat, while also cutting out alcohol and sugar. According to the Swede, it was his love of philosophy and the intrinsic link between health and mindfulness that led him down the fitness path. “Body and soul are deeply connected, and I wanted them to match,” he said.
‘It’s kind of cringey to talk about. I read this book on Buddhism and it spoke about self-control and being in control of your body and not just being an empty vessel,’ the 29-year-old explained.
‘I used to have this habit of drinking whiskey a little bit. Just a little bit! I realised how f***ing hard it was to stop that habit.’
‘It was actually kind of scary. I was like, “Oh f***.” And then I stopped drinking for half a year.’
Speaking about the reasons behind his drinking habit, Felix added: ‘The reason I started drinking whiskey was because I was always working, like constantly.
‘I never felt like I had a period where I could chill at the end of the day…I was always so worked up and it was a lot of hard work so I was like, “Oh, I’ll just have a drink at the end of the day.”
‘He pointed out that finding other outlets to deal with stress, including working out, helped him to cut down on the alcohol.