Lenny Kravitz is 56 years old. Let that sink in.
The iconic rocker looks remarkably similar now in 2020 to just about any photo you can find from his 30 year career—partly due to his dedication to physical training that helps him stay lean and energetic when he performs onstage. “My best shape is not behind me,” Kravitz said in a cover interview for the latest issue of Men’s Health. “It’s in front of me right now. We keep moving that bar as we get older.”
The training routine has been a staple since the late ’90s, when he began working with trainer Dodd Romero in Miami. Typically, the regimen mixes fasted cardio sessions in the mornings, weightlifting during the day, and more cardio just before bed.
But these aren’t typical times, and Kravitz has spent his quarantine time at his home on Eleuthera, an island in the Bahamas. He keeps up with Dodd via FaceTime sessions instead of in-person, and found some trails running through his property for the cardio. His weight bench? A coconut tree. “I’m doing a complete jungle workout,” said Kravitz.
But even though he’s in an unorthodox training location, Kravitz doesn’t build his body with exotic exercises. Instead, he focuses on basic movements, working through high-rep sets. Try his full-body dumbbell workout from Romero, his trainer.
Directions: Warm up with 2 minutes of jumping jacks, then do each exercise. Rest 2 minutes between each set.
Stand holding a pair of dumbbells, then curl them up to shoulder height, squeezing your biceps. Lower. Do 5 sets. The first set, do 50 reps (yes, really). Do 35 in
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the second, 21 in the third, 14 in the fourth, and 10 in the final set.
Dumbbell Bench Press
Do 5 sets. Do 50 reps in the first set, then 35 in the second. Follow with a 21-rep set, a 14-rep set, and a 10-rep set.
Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Bend at the knees and hips, lowering until your thighs are parallel to the floor; stand backup. Do 5 sets. Do 77 reps in the first set, 50 in the second, 35 in the third, 21 in the fourth, and 14 in the final set.
Pullup-Position Knee Raise
Hang from a pullup bar with an over-hand grip. Squeeze your shoulder blades and pull your chest to the bar. This is the start.Tuck your knees to your chest, squeezing your abs. Lower your legs. That’s 1 rep; do 4 sets of 21.
A version of this story originally appears in the November 2020 issue of Men’s Health.
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