Wesley Snipes Workout and Diet
Wesley Snipes was born in Florida and grew up in the Bronx, NY. He began training in martial art when he was 12 and attended a high school for performing arts where he did musical theater, puppetry, mime, and dance. Snipes was also involved in theater at college, and at age 23, he was discovered by a talent agent. Snipes’ film debut came in 1986 in Wildcats. He appeared on tv and in small film roles before landing the lead in the 1991 film Jungle Fever. Snipes is well-known for playing in action films including Demolition Man, The Expendables, and the lead in Blade. In 2017, he co-wrote a fiction novel called Talon of God. Snipes has been married twice and has 5 children. He has millions of followers on social media. Snipes is 5 feet, 9 inches feet tall and weighs about 180 lbs.
Wesley Snipes’ Diet
Marvel is (in)famous for controlling every aspect of stars lives while they’re filming, including what they eat. But even before MCU ramped up the rules, Snipes followed a strict diet for Blade, which calls for small, regular meals that are high in protein and low in carbs. Staples included lean animal protein, protein shakes, and green veggies. The only carbs come in the form of high-fiber, whole foods like oatmeal. A nutritionist made sure Snipes and all the stars of Blade ate 6-8 nutrient-packed meals each day to fuel their workouts and their marathon filming sessions. Water is also an essential component of this diet.
To prep for Blade, Snipes had to eat every couple of hours, adding up to 6-8 meals per day.
Snipes’ Blade diet was all about protein. Standards included lean animal protein like chicken breast, and a protein shake counted as a meal.
Carbs Are Okay
When Snipes isn’t in training for a film, he eats moderately from all food groups, including carbs.
What to Eat
- Lean animal protein
- Tuna fish
- Protein shakes
- Egg whites
- Leafy greens
- Whole grains
What to Avoid
- Empty-calorie foods
- Junk food
- Processed food
- Artificial ingredients
- Chemical additives
Snipes on his best recipe
I do one of the best tunafish sandwiches you ever had.
Snipes’ co-star Jessica Biel on their Blade diet
Eating 3 big meals a day is not good. Your metabolism is slower.
Snipes’ co-star Jessica Biel on small, frequent meals
[It’s] what you would really love to do in a perfect world.
Snipes’ co-star Ryan Reynolds on their Blade diet
Drywall and wood chips, mostly.
Wesley Snipes’ Workout Routine
Snipes began training in martial arts at age 12 and has a 5th degree black belt in Shotokan karate and a 2nd degree black belt in Hapkido.
Snipes has trained in many martial arts, including Capoeira, Kung Fu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and kickboxing.
Snipes sometimes trains in fighting with his friend and mentor, Brooke Ellis.
Mega Daily Dose
To shape up for Blade, Snipes trained 4 hours a day every single day for months ahead of filming.
Stretch & Strength
Even when he’s not training for a film, Snipes works out daily. He does calisthenics, yoga, boxing, martial arts, and other exercises.
Snipes regularly does Pilates, a core-focused exercise that develops long, strong muscles as well as a mind-body connection.
A Wesley Snipes Routine
Work out daily.
Snipes on his fitness habit
I work out every day.
Snipes on his daily exercise routine
I’ll do…either some calisthenics or…Pilates.
Snipes on his general approach to working out
Some stretching, some kicking, a little boxing.
Snipes on being both flexible and strong
Like bamboo, you can have flexibility, but at the same time, have tensile strength. Softness and hardness, at the same time.
Wesley Snipes’ Supplements
Snipes isn’t dishing on any other supplements he might take, so below are options that can benefit anyone following a similar diet plan.
Protein shakes were a staple of Snipes’ Blade diet. Protein builds muscle, curbs hunger, and speeds recovery.
A smart pick for people who are serious about getting in shape is glutamine which offers many benefits, including boosting gym performance, muscle gains, digestion, and immunity.
BCAAs offer the triple benefit of increasing energy and muscle mass while reducing muscle soreness.
Fish oil combats inflammation and improves brain function and mood.
A multivitamin is always a smart pick when you’re eating a limited diet.
Wesley Snipes’ Lifestyle
Snipes is a busy man, which only makes him appreciate the value of sleep all the more. Getting up at 4:30 for work means an early bedtime as often as he can.
Snipes appeared in Michael Jackson’s Bad video, but only the uncut 16-minute version.
Get Paid to Do Therapy
Snipes says playing a vampire Blade was incredibly fun, and allowed him to act out in ways he never could in real life.
Snipes and his brother started a security firm in the late 1990s. The business was investigated for ties to a cult.
In 2008, Snipes was slapped with a $5 million fine and sentenced to 3 years in prison for tax evasion. He got out about 6 months early.
Snipes says that when he was young, he dreamed of being a dancer, but once his acting career took off, that was the end of it. But if a role calls for rhythm, he can still recall how to move.
Snipes was not asked to reprise the role of Blade in the most recent incarnation. Instead, it will be played by Mahershala Ali. Snipes says he understands why they wanted a younger actor, and that there’s no hard feelings.
That’s Family Time
Snipes and wife Nikki Park mostly keep their kids out of the spotlight, but the fam did a cameo together in his 2021 comedy Coming 2 America.
Snipes’ NYC apartment was destroyed in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York in September, 2001. Luckily, he was in California at the time.
Snipes on sleep
More sleep. That’s the key.
Snipes on being an action hero
I never really planned on making action films; it just kind of happened.
Snipes on his career path
I used to do puppet theater and also mime and musical theater…I was very much involved in theater in college.
Snipes on his career ambitions
All I wanted to do when I was young was to become a dancer, and then I went to acting school where they taught me great drama. And that was it, I became an actor and the rhythm went through the door.
Snipes on why he loved playing Blade
The lifestyle of it, the controlled rebelliousness…and it’s therapeutic too. A role like this lets you vent.
Snipes on acting
Certain roles are more challenging than others, but I haven’t come across one yet that I can’t tackle.
Snipes on going to prison
The biggest thing I got from it was learning the value of time and how we often squander it.
Snipes on marriage
I don’t understand the mandate of being together forever…It makes us slaves to a societal mandate.
Snipes on himself
I don’t see myself as extremely handsome. I just figure I can charm you into liking me.
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