Category: Interviews

Men’s Journal: WWE’s Dolph Ziggler’s Training Secret – Empty Stomach Cardio

Dolph Ziggler has been a WWE mainstay over the past decade, known to fans for stealing the show with his awe-inspiring performances. On August 21, he faces WWE Champion Dean Ambrose for title at WWE’s SummerSlam. Ziggler, 36 (whose real name is Nick Nemeth), spoke to Men’s Journal about how he stays fit and trains for his performances. His secret? Empty-stomach cardio. Here’s what that’s all about and three more of his training secrets.

1. He swears by “empty-stomach cardio.”
Empty-stomach cardio is the idea that you can boost weight loss and get better gains at the gym by not eating before working out. “I wouldn’t advocate anything to anybody ­­— everybody’s different. Some people can put on those toe shoes and think they’re having a better work out than those in tennis shoes. Everybody can advocate their own way of doing something,” Ziggler says. “[But for me,] I prefer not to eat at all, maybe a handful of berries or something, just to have something in my stomach. I don’t eat anything before, but I can still go kill it at the gym and be in and out in 45 minutes or an hour, even doing workouts in the sauna to get the blood and sweat flowing.” For Ziggler, working out on an empty stomach helps him amp up his training sessions and allows him to maintain focus at the gym. If you’re curious about trying, don’t eat for three to five hours before your workout, but still be sure to hydrate with plenty of water.

2. He takes no breaks.
“I don’t stop, I don’t take breaks. I do circuit training — different workouts without stopping. I like having that stamina, where I’ve never been too tired to put on a match or go above and beyond,” he says. “Afterwards I’ll go eat a huge meal. That’s my reward — It keeps me hungry mentally and physically, so I know If I can power through the last few minutes, I’ve got a big plate of food waiting for me when I’m done.”

3. He mixes his training up.
Ziggler is a fan of circuit training. “I hit an exercise — arms and legs, a set of curls, a set of tricep pushdowns, and then grab the bar and squat 40-20-30 and do it over again. I hit that a couple times through, then go in the sauna, I’ll do a couple calf raises, then hop on a treadmill at 15 — the highest incline it can have while maintaining a fast-paced walk,” he says. Every two minutes or so, he shocks his body by doing 30 seconds of an all-out sprint, repeating this for 15 to 20 minutes straight before hitting the sauna again. After that, he bangs out torso twists (like a lateral crunch), and ends with a final round of arms and legs strength building, more crunches, and a final trip to the sauna.

4. He adds weight when lifting to avoid plateaus.
“Every couple of months I’ll get stagnant,” he says. “So out of every three or four months, I’ll do a month [where I’m] lifting a little heavier with less reps. Mixing it up and shocking your body [is fun].” If you’re looking to up your max, check out the simplest way to lift heavier.


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Sporting News: Dolph Ziggler talks ‘Swerved’ Season 2, upcoming brand split

It’s no secret that Dolph Ziggler enjoys a good laugh. The 12-year WWE veteran also is a stand-up comedian who works on the craft whenever he can find time away from his busy schedule, which is easier said than done.

It’s no surprise, then, that Ziggler is part of the WWE original comedy series “Swerved,” where he and other superstars play pranks on each other. Season 2 of “Swerved” will premiere Monday on the WWE Network on-demand immediately after “Raw,” with all nine episodes available for a binge watching session full of laughs. Sporting News spoke with Ziggler about the show, people who aren’t good at taking a joke, and why he is excited about the upcoming WWE brand split.

SPORTING NEWS: What is the biggest difference between this second season of “Swerved” compared to the first season?

DOLPH ZIGGLER: In Season 1, we had so many superstars on the edge of their seat every week at the television waiting to see who was going to get screwed with that day. And now, we’ve turned them all on our side. We’re using them as props in our evil genius of these pranks. Now, it’s more having some fun with the WWE superstars on our side having some fun at some fan’s expenses and, of course, at the end of the day, putting a smile on their face and having a blast.

SN: What was it like during Season 1, because so many guys didn’t see it coming and there were some pretty elaborate pranks?

DZ: (Laughs.) Yeah! There were tons of elaborate pranks, so much that it seemed like when we were pranking someone else, it was actually on you. There were so many different swerves. It came down to nobody trusted anybody. I would walk in some days and get a text message that said, “I don’t know if I’m involved with you today but stay the hell away from me.” Just from random people, random superstars and divas who didn’t want to be screwed with. Everybody was looking over their back, over their shoulder and didn’t trust anybody. Now, we’re using that to our advantage. We have superstars in different roles that you wouldn’t even recognize. They’re all on our side.

SN: How many people were flat-out scared during Season 1 and now want to be a part of the pranks?

DZ: That’s the thing. It becomes so screwed-up, you get so mad or scared or freaked out. And then when it’s all over with, you have a blast and go, “OK, I have the perfect idea to go get somebody else with this.” That just goes to show just how sadistic we all are at the end of the day but also great sports about it. No one has ever went too far with it. Anyone who got screwed with was so polite and, at the end of the day, would just go on to say, “All right, you got me. Let’s go get someone else.” Continue reading

Dolph goes live on Facebook before Monday Night Raw

Dolph did a live Q&A on Facebook earlier today backstage at Raw. He talked a lot about the upcoming brand-split, his match against Baron Corbin tonight and more. You can check out the entire Q&A below.

Dolph Appears on FOX Business’ ‘Kennedy’ (Video & Captures)

Dolph appeared on FOX Business’ Kennedy this past Thursday night. You can check out video of his appearance below and of course, captures are up in our gallery.

Fox8 Greensboro: WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler talks wrestling, inspiration with Julie Grant

WWE Monday Night Raw is broadcasting live from the Greensboro Coliseum tonight. Ahead of the big event, FOX8’s Julie Grant sat down with WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler for an exclusive interview. The former two-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion dreamed of becoming a WWE superstar from the time he was five years old. He wrestled as a child and became a standout and record-setter in both high school and college. While studying at Kent State University, Ziggler became fluent in sign language. He also was accepted into law school.

Ziggler’s exceptional talent in the ring has launched his career to the big screen. He is currently starring in the new action thriller “Countdown.’ Ziggler even performed some of his own stunts in the film. When he is not traveling with WWE, Ziggler can usually be found doing stand-up comedy. Watch the interview with Dolph Ziggler to find out more, including what inspires him most and the best piece of advice he ever received.


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