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Alex O'Loughlin's Workout...Hawaii Five-O Style!

Updated on May 5, 2014

Alex O'Loughlin Workout... A Celebrity Fitness Role Model

Alex O'Loughlin needs to keep in shape to be able to star as Chief Steve McGarrett in the top CBS TV series re-make Hawaii Five-O. Here we check out his fitness workout and routines that enable him to look like he does in the photo you can see alongside.

This page will be updated as we research and find more interesting and useful information to add to this lens.

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Alex O'Loughlin Hawaii Five-O's 'Steve McGarrett'...

A Little Background on Alex O'Loughlin

Alex was born in Canberra, Australia. on the 24th August 1976.

You would not realise looking at him now Alexander O'Loughlin had several health issues, as a child he had asthmatic problems, asthma sufferers have difficulty in participating in many sports activities. Compounding these problems, he also developed ADHD or ADD - attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and OCD - obsessive compulsive disorder he was able to overcome these issues.

Alex went on to study at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia. After successfully completing the tremedously competitive three year full-time Bachelor of Dramatic Art Course, where only the best of the up and coming students are accepted, He struggled at first but eventually in June 2002 he graduated from NIDA.

He began working on short films and participating in fringe theater groups in Sydney Australia, these were the first steps of a blossoming acting career. Alex's first lead role as an actor was in Oyster Farmer in 2004. Alex O'Loughlin gradually picked up more and more acting roles in 2007 he was able to act alongside Justin Chatwin in the hit movie The Invisible. He was also picked up by CBS to star on TV series such as Moonlight where he portrayed Mick St John - the vampire private investigator.

This led on to him taking the lead acting role for the CBS hospital drama series - Three Rivers. He also starred in an episode of Criminal Minds playing a serial killer. Teaming up with Jennifer Lopez in the romantic comedy movie - The Back-Up Plan in 2010 also increased his profile. Recently his starring role has been for the top-rated CBS re-make of the popular TV detective dramas Hawaii Five-0. Playing Steve McGarrett has made him one of the top CBS personalities winning several television awards for this very popular TV series since 2010.

He mainly lives in California now, since starring on Hawaii-Five-O he also has a place in Honolulu, Hawaii.

He has a son called Saxon from a previous relationship, he and his girlfriend, model Malia Jones have recently announced they are expecting a child.

Alex O'Loughlin Workout
Alex O'Loughlin Workout

Playing The 'Steve McGarrett' Role Takes It's Toll On His Body...

Alex O'Loughlin treats his workout routine the same way as he treats his whole way of life he puts everything into it 100%. His introduction to fitness and exercise was as a small 6 year old in Australia where he began Shobukai karate classes.

It was just the beginning of a regular commitment to health and fitness throughout his life, he has taken to all sorts of exercise including weights and gym workouts. Since working on the top cop TV series Hawaii Five-O he and his show colleagues have taken surfing very seriously and it has grown into a great passion of his.

Strength and fitness are very important to him it comes naturally to him as is leadership and control in all situations in life. During filming his body takes a lot of pounding suffering small injuries to his back and shoulder area. He now spends a lot of his workout time concentrating on building up the weak areas of his body building up his core energy, sorting his back and shoulder problems.

The other important factor is his nutritional intake. For this he is guided by his Los Angeles based nutritional mentor Jeff Blair whom he met during the filming of the top movie in which O'loughlin co-starred in with Jennifer Lopez...The Back-Up Plan. On that film his character needed to be "lean and ripped" he also has said that Jeff is responsible for changing his life completely after putting him on this strict nutritional diet.,

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Alexander O'Loughlin
Alexander O'Loughlin

The Nutritional Diet That Changed Alex O'loughlin's Life...

Is as follows:

*One really important aspect of the diet is to drink at least two gallons of water a day. So he takes his water bottles everywhere he goes!.

*The routine begins with breakfast which consists of a half a cup of oatmeal, a banana, together with some almonds, taken with reduced-fat milk.

*Then for lunch and also dinner he would take in a balanced diet of protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates.

The method he uses to control the amount of food intake is very simple he calls it the "paradigm for portion control".

The easy way of looking at it is by opening the palm of your hand it's size is the amount of protein you should take for example 2/3's of a chicken's breast.

The area of your opened fingers should be the amount of vegetables that you eat. The triangular zone between your thumb and index finger is the quantity intake of carbohydrates such as wholemeal pasta or brown rice.

An important secret is also to limit the salt intake, so a low in sodium diet is also strictly followed.

So the main point of Alex O'Loughlin's diet and exercise routine is the fact that a high percentage of his fitness regime is based on the strict nutritional diet he follows the rest is the physical workout routine he follows.

The Alex O'Loughlin workout routine is based around a circuit training program. Where he exercises continuously without any breaks thus increasing his metabolic rate very high this is called reaching the 'Furnace Effect' - This is where the metabolic rate of your body reaches such a point that even when you sleep your body is burning away the calories he says that, that is his "ideal state of being".


What Do You Do To Keep Healthy and Fit?

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      Ontoddy 4 years ago

      @k4shmir: Thank you, k4shmir

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      k4shmir 4 years ago

      interesting. thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Exercise my mind I guess! :)

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      I used to get to the gym regularly, and need to get back to that.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I enjoy hiking.