Tanner Buchanan Workout and DIET 

Born: 1998

Tanner Buchanan grew up in Ohio where he did some martial arts and tap dancing as a kid. His first onscreen appearance came in 2010 in Modern Family. Buchanan found more work in shows like Girl Meets World and Game Shakers before being cast as a main character in 2016 on Designated Survivor. Since 2018, Buchanan has played in Cobra Kai. He also stars in He’s All That. He has millions of followers on social media. Buchanan is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs about 150 lbs.

Known For:

Tanner Buchanan’s Diet


Getting cast in Cobra Kai meant a complete commitment for Buchanan including both diet and karate instruction. He hired a trainer and works hard to live the life of a martial artist. He says it can sometimes get old, but he’s sticking to it. His standards are things like chicken, broccoli, rice, eggs, avocados, and protein shakes. For a treat, he sometimes gets a fruit smoothie. He consumes plenty of water to stay hydrated through his killer workouts.

Estimated Macros

  • Medium Fat 30% 30%
  • Low-Medium Carb 30% 30%
  • High Protein 60% 60%

Diet Details


Clean Eating

Because he takes his role seriously, Buchanan eats what his trainer tells him to, which is a lot of chicken breasts and broccoli.


Strict Plan

Buchanan’s diet is strict, but the dividends are paying off. He is completely shredded.


Pizza Dreams

Buchanan says he has struggled with his clean diet. Sometimes he just wants to chuck the chicken and have a pizza.

What to Eat


Turkey Bacon














Leafy Greens


Whole Grains




Protein Shakes



What to Avoid


Refined Carbs


Processed Foods


Junk Food


Fast Food


Chemical Ingredients


Refined Sugar


Buchanan on His Cobra Kai Diet

‘I’m on a meal plan.’


Buchanan on Acting & his Health Regimen

‘I’ve made it a priority to go through a complete change, because that’s where Robby’s mindset is.’


Buchanan on His Strict Diet

‘I just want to eat pizza.’

Tanner Buchanan’s Workout Routine

Weekly Routine

More than Look the Part

To play in Cobra Kai, Buchanan had to do more than look good on screen. He needed to bring real skill to the role.

Daily Dose

To get in shape for Cobra Kai, Buchanan hired a trainer and worked with him for 3 1/2 months prior to the beginning of filming.

Boss Garage

Like so many celebrities, Buchanan built a gym in his garage during the pandemic so he wouldn’t backslide during the lockdown.

No Links, Please

Buchanan may be a martial arts whiz, but he says one sport he stinks at is golf.

Exercise Style


A Tanner Buchanan Cobra Kai Routine

Do each group as a superset, with minimal rest between moves:

Kettlebell upright rows: 20 reps x 4 sets
Dumbbell punches: 10 reps/side x 4 sets

Dumbbell thrusters: 10 reps x 4 sets
Med ball slams: 10 reps x 4 sets

Kettlebell squats: 10 reps x 4 sets
Round kicks: 10 reps x 4 sets

Dumbbell bench press: 10 reps x 4 sets
Plate press & raise: 10 reps x 4 sets

Barbell jumping jacks: 30 sec x 4 sets


Buchanan on His Fitness Goals

‘When I work out, I’m just doing it to stay healthy.’


Buchanan on Body Image

‘Body image-wise, it’s really hard to be in this industry because I have caught myself looking at other actors and thinking, “Whoa, they’re jacked. They got all these muscles that I definitely don’t have.”’


Buchanan’s Advice For Working Out

‘If you’re working out consistently and you’re staying healthy, that’s all you need to do.’


Buchanan on Golf

‘I cannot play golf to save my life.’

Tanner Buchanan’s Supplements

Protein Powder


Buchanan usually has a protein shake as part of his meal plan to build muscle, restore glycogen levels, and curb hunger.

See Best Products

Tanner Buchanan’s Lifestyle

Respect for the PAs

Buchanan has firsthand experience on what it’s like to be a production assistant. He took a job as one when he was 16, and says they work 20-hour days.

PA Prank

For fun, Buchanan once dressed up as a PA, including makeup and a fake beard. He says he confounded everyone, especially when he showed he knew what to do on set.

Early Bird

Buchanan is notoriously early to work. He says it’s a Midwestern time etiquette thing, and that being on time is late.

Not a Party Animal

Buchanan says that he’s not really into going out, and that he’d rather stay home and rehearse his lines or chill in front of the tube.

Black Sheep

Buchanan says that if there’s an oddball member of his family, it’s him.

Secret Skills

Buchanan has a hidden talent: tap dancing. He used to travel around his home state of Ohio competing in tap dancing contests as a child. He even won a few.

Musical Man

Buchanan can not only act and dance, he also a plays a pretty mean guitar and was in a band as a teenager. Some of his favorite bands are heavy metal, including Escape Plan and Blood Bath.

Love the Love Triangle

Buchanan has played a romantic rival of Peyton Meyer more than once: in He’s All That and Girl Meets World.


Buchanan on Being Early to the Set

Here’s the thing: I grew up in Ohio, and. if you’re on time, you’re late, right?


Buchanan on His Work Hours

‘I made it a priority to show up when the first person showed up, and leave when the last person left, just out of respect.’


Buchanan on Pranking His Production Crew by Pretending to be a PA

‘Everyone was confused. It was great.’


Buchanan on Tap Dancing

‘All my cousins were women and they danced…I’d have my solo piece and then I would have a dance with the girls.’


Buchanan on His On-Screen Rival, Peyton Meyer

‘It was…really fun to fight him.’


Buchanan on Staying Home

‘I like staying in. It’s kind of fun.’

Recommended Products

karate gi
Karate gi
escrima sticks
Escrima sticks


dancewearcorner tap shoes
Tap shoes
electric guitar
Electric guitar