Max Thieriot Workout And Diet
A California native, Maximillion Thieriot (pronounced ‘Ter-ee-ut’) got interested in acting as a teenager after taking an improv class and working as a model for GAP. His big screen debut came in 2005 with Catch that Kid. More roles soon followed, including in The Pacifier in 2005 and The Astronaut Farmer in 2006. Thieriot starred in Bates Motel from 2013-2017, before moving to SEAL Team, in which he has directed some episodes. He has hundreds of thousands of followers on social media. Thieriot is a partner in a vineyard called Senses. He married Lexi Murphy in 2013 and they have 2 children. Thieriot is 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighs about 190 lbs. and has about 10% body fat.
Max Thieriot’s Diet
A self-described ‘skinny guy,’ Thieriot knew that exercise alone wouldn’t get him to where he needed to be for SEAL Team. He stumbled around a bit at first figuring things out, but he finally ended up with a straightforward plan of eating real food and skipping the junk. He fills up on things like oatmeal, berries, natural meats like wild game and salmon, and plenty of veggies, especially yams. He eats a lot. He’ll have a protein shake first thing in the morning, then breakfast and a mid-morning snack and a pre-workout before hitting the gym. He’ll have a banana and more protein afterward, then he’ll start making lunch, often something like frozen rice and chicken thighs from Trader Joe’s along with some avocado. Dinner is a similar meal. Besides protein shakes, he drinks plenty of water throughout the day.
- Medium Carb 30% 30%
- Medium Fat 30% 30%
- High Protein 50% 50%
Although Thieriot doesn’t follow any specific diet, he is disciplined about his eating. He steers clear of empty-calorie foods like soda and candy, and eats only things with nutrients in them, like avocados, chicken, and eggs.
Choose Your Carbs Wisely
Thieriot loves to eat and isn’t interested in self-denial. That said, he gets his carb fix from healthy sources like oatmeal, yams and rice.
Listen to Your Body
Thieriot isn’t strict about weighing and measuring, or eating chicken breast meal after meal. If he wants sushi, he’ll get it.
What to Eat
Kerry Gold Butter
What to Avoid
Thieriot on Food
‘I like eating, and I’m a big foodie.’
Thieriot on Finding The Right Diet
‘I’ve done a lot of meal prep, but through trial and error, I found what works for my body.’
Thieriot on Strict Diets
‘I’m not really crazy regimented about eating certain volumes. I listen to my body.’
Thieriot’s Approach to Diet
‘I just try to eat good, healthy food, not junk.’
Thieriot on Eating Out Solo
‘I don’t like going to dinner by myself. I’ll call for delivery before I do that…I’m sure nobody even notices, but there’s something about it.’
Max Thieriot’s Workout Routine
Growing up, Thieriot spent a lot of time outdoors hunting and fishing. He also played sports, including starting with wrestling in 3rd grade.
Thieriot says that his fitness epiphany came after seeing a Men’s Health cover with a ripped Ryan Philippe on it. He vowed to get into similar shape. It took 5 years of work, but it happened.
Trial & Error
Thieriot admits to not having much of a clue about the right way to work out when he first started. Cardio wasn’t what he needed, and after cutting back, he gained 20 lbs. (which in his case was good).
When Thieriot landed the role on Seal Team, he was told he would not be given a trainer, meaning the job of getting into SEAL shape was all on him.
Thieriot got advice from trainers and other pros including Eric the Trainer and Danny Hester. Landing the role on SEAL Team provided the motivation he needed to get serious.
Thieriot hits the gym at least 5 days a week and takes the weekend off to rest and recover. He does weight training and specialized routines for his roles.
Home & Away Gyms
Thieriot usually works out in his home gym, but he also belongs to Crunch and Gold’s Gym where he trains with co-star AJ Buckley and his mentors, Eric the Trainer and Danny Hester.
Double Split Routine
For SEAL Team 6, Thieriot wanted show his character’s transformation and increase the width of his back and shoulders. He does 2 different routines with superset splits using lots of barbells. He’ll do one routine for a couple of months, then switch to the other.
A Max Thieriot Routine
Chest & triceps
Back & biceps
Sat & Sun: rest
Chest & back
Shoulders & legs
Take 1-2 days off. Repeat.
Thieriot on Fitness
‘Many things in life are beyond your control…physically being in shape is not!’
Thieriot on His Starting Point
‘I was a naturally thin dude with high metabolism, so I didn’t need to do that much cardio.’
Thieriot on His Physical Transformation
‘Took me 5 years to get where I am.’
Thieriot on Training for His SEAL Team Role
‘I had to put in the work and put in the time.’
Max Thieriot’s Supplements
If you’re a ‘skinny guy’ like Thieriot, you can also con-sider adding a mass gainer to help bulk up, creatine to improve gym performance (& often found in pre workouts), beta-alanine to grow muscle and reduce fati-gue, and BCAAs to maintain gains and reduce recov-ery time.
Max Thieriot’s Lifestyle
Thieriot’s great-great grandfather is Michael Henry de Young, cofounder of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Thieriot’s sister is married to former pro baseball pitcher Michael Stutes.
It’s All Good
Thieriot says he likes action scenes because they’re fun and emotional scenes because they really touch his heart.
Thieriot is a romantic at heart. In 2012, he proposed to his girlfriend of 7 years in the Caribbean where they first met as teenagers. They have 2 sons, born in 2015 and 2018.
Bring On the Challenge
Thieriot says that while he enjoys acting, directing is the thing that really gives him a rush. One thing he doesn’t like is directing himself because he’s too nitpicky.
Thieriot loves animals so much, he has 19 pets.
Thieriot on Los Angeles
‘At first, I didn’t like coming down to Los Angeles at all. It’s like everything’s black and white compares to where I live out in the middle of nowhere. There’s like 400 people in my town!’
Thieriot on Accomplishment
‘Once you start obsessing over something…your mind can do amazing things.’
Thieriot on Action vs. Dramatic Scenes
‘The action scenes are fun because…you get to bring out all the fun toys…The dramatic and emotional scenes are the ones that affect me the most…Maybe it’s just because I’m an actor.’
Thieriot on Directing
‘I love the challenge. I love the hard work. For me, one of the most rewarding things you can do in this business is being able to craft a whole episode.’
Thieriot on Excuses
‘You just have to want it bad enough. It’s easy to make excuses for anything.’