Michael C Hall Workout and Diet
Michael C Hall grew up in North Carolina. He performed in school plays and sang in a boys choir, and continued to act in college. He had a vague idea of becoming a lawyer but attended a graduate program in acting at the prestigious NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts instead. Hall’s first foray into professional acting was in theater and he appeared in many Shakespeare plays. His first Broadway role was in Cabaret in 1999. He then landed the role in Six Feet Under, followed by Dexter. Hall has also acted in films, does voice acting and sings in the band Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum. He has received much praise for his acting, including winning a Golden Globe and SAG award. In 2010, Hall was successfully treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He does not engage much on social media but has hundreds of thousands of followers on Facebook anyway. Hall is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 175 lbs.
Michael C Hall’s Diet
At almost 50 years old, Hall maintains a great physique through a combination of diet and exercise. He eats clean and drinks plenty of water. He’ll start the day with a big glass of spring water then fuel up with protein in the form of eggs and whey protein along with fruit and healthy fats from nuts. He eats plenty of vegetables and sticks with poultry or fish rather than red meat. He also supplements with spirulina, omegas and flaxseed oil. He is also a fan of gut-friendly kombucha. Hall’s trainer Gregory Joujon-Roche says eating healthy meals right from the start helps to motivate you to stay on track throughout the day.
- Low Carb 15% 15%
- Medium Fat 35% 35%
- Medium-High Protein 60% 60%
Rise & Hydrate
Hall starts his day with 20 ounces of fresh spring water. Overnight, we tend to get dehydrated, and drinking water is a great way to correct that, and help prevent overeating.
A typical breakfast for Hall is eggs and a protein shake made with bananas and almonds. For lunch, he’ll often have something light such as a salad with avocado and seeds. Dinner is also a study in restraint: grilled fish, chicken along with veggies and rice.
Shake It Up
Hall adds a lot of healthful ingredients to his protein shakes, including coconut water, Hawaiian spirulina, Udo’s oil, cinnamon and kombucha.
Hall also drinks a fat-burning detox beverage made with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, cayenne pepper and stevia.
What to Eat
Fresh Lemon Juice
What to Avoid
Hall on his Southern Roots
‘If I have the option at a breakfast place, I’ll go with the grits. That’s how Southern I am.’
Hall on Cancer
‘The language surrounding cancer is not language I’m particularly comfortable with.’
Hall on Health & Will Power
‘When people go get chemo, they’re not injecting themselves with will. I have lost various loved ones to cancer and I certainly don’t feel that I am any stronger or braver than them.’
Michael C Hall’s Workout Routine
It Takes a Team
Hall worked with celebrity trainer Gregory Joujon-Roche for years to get and stay in shape for his role as Dexter. Hall had access to a full team including a nutritionist, a massage therapist, yoga instructor, martial arts trainer and a core specialist.
Hall didn’t mess around with his fitness. He would regularly spend 3 hours a day training for Dexter.
Hall would put in a solid hour of cardio each day and then another 1-2 hours doing weightlifting, martial arts and/or yoga.
For his weight training, Hall used the typical bodybuilding method of focusing on one area each day, such as chest or core.
Hall would do either an hour on the treadmill at various inclines with ab intervals or run outside 6-8 miles.
Flex the Mind & the Body
Serial killers have to stay flexible in mind and body and Hall did yoga and stretching at least a few times a week as part of his training for Dexter.
A Michael C Hall Routine
Cardio: 1 hr w/ ab intervals (crunches, bridges, supermans, etc)
Weightlifting: 1+ hrs chest & shoulders
Yoga/stretching: 1 hr
Weightlifting: 1+ hrs legs
Martial arts training: 1 hr
Run: 6-8 miles
Weightlifting: 1+ hrs core
Yoga/stretching: 1 hr
Weightlifting: 1+ hrs arms
Martial arts: 1 hr
Hall on Returning to the Stage
‘It’s really nice after about a year and a half to get back on stage and flex those old muscles.’
Hall on Being Tough
‘Whatever people can stomach, I say go for it.’
Hall on his Background
‘I’m never more encouraged than to hear someone talk abut how eerie it is that I move like my father.’
Hall’s Trainer Joujon-Roche on the Breakthrough Moment
‘Your muscles say you can’t. Your mind says you can. Who wins?’
Hall’s Trainer on the Correct Way to Do Dive Bombers
‘Stretch your abs and lower back, really open them up…spread your fingers. This takes the tension off your neck.’ Martial arts are a vehicle for developing your human potential.
Michael C Hall’s Supplements
Hall is naturally slim and he drank protein shakes every day as part of his health regimen for Dexter. Whey protein not only promotes muscle growth, it also helps regulate blood pressure and blood sugar and control inflammation in the body.
Flaxseed oil is another of Hall’s staples. Flaxseed oil is high in a plant-based form of omega-3s which is important if you don’t eat fish. Flaxseed combats inflammation, helps lower cholesterol and may reduce the risk of cancer.
Another ingredient in Hall’s daily shakes was spirulina. Spirulina is a kind of healthy bacteria that is chock-full of nutrients. It is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and can help regulate blood lipid levels.
Hall would sometimes make his shakes with coconut water, or drink it solo. Coconut water contains vitamins and minerals and antioxidant properties. It may help prevent diabetes, kidney stones and heart disease.
Michael C Hall’s Lifestyle
Hall had an older sister who died in infancy, and then his father died when he was 11. He says it created a very deep relationship with his mother.
Hall did a one-eighty when he went from playing deeply emotional Shakespearean characters to the role of a serial killer who never shows any feelings.
Serial Killer Savior?
Halls kept his cancer diagnosis a secret from his fellow cast members until the season wrapped, then started treatment the very next day. He says throwing himself into work helped him take his mind off the scary disease.
Don’t Fence Him In
Hall was leery of signing on for another long tv series, and has instead opted to accept shorter commitments, such as miniseries, indie movies and live theatre.
Hall is a spokesperson for the Somalia ‘Feed the People’ aid campaign. He has also worked with the Waterkeeper Alliance which promotes clean water for people around the world.
Hall on Losing His Father as a Child
‘There’s no good age, but…Something gets frozen. As you revisit the rest of your life, it’s sort of this slow but hopefully sure crawling out of that frozen moment.’
Hall on How Work Saved his Sanity
‘It’s a show that is death-soaked but it’s what I’ve been doing with my life so it feels more vitalizing than anything else.’
Hall on Leaving his Dexter Persona Behind
‘A part of you is absorbing it and marinating in it. It takes some time to get it out of your system.’
Hall on Self-Hatred
‘I don’t think closeted homosexual morticians have the market cornered on self-loathing or sense of shame.’