WWE's The Miz
His rise from The Real World to wrestling stardom began in the gym
AGE: 30 HEIGHT: 6'1" WEIGHT: 231 pounds BODY OF WORK: WWE Champion, Real World cast member, Real World/Road Rules Challenge veteran "Let’s put it this way,” says WWE superstar The Miz, “I never thought I would make it.” Neither did we. Before he was known as The Miz, he was Mike Mizanin, widely known as Mike from The Real World: Back to New York. He was just another twentysomething doing shots and partying. After filming wrapped, Mizanin did some soul searching. “I remember sitting in my room and looking in the mirror going, ‘What do you want to do with your life?’” he says. “I didn’t want to be that 30- or 40-year-old still doing The Real World/Road Rules Challenge on MTV.” He decided to become a pro wrestler, a move that could have been disastrous, especially for someone who had never wrestled competitively. His initial days on the circuit were difficult, as expected. “I was walking on eggshells [in the locker room],” he says. He eventually won over the veterans with his work ethic—but he still possessed a frat boy’s build. “I needed to start cutting down weight,” he says, “and really start looking more fit.” The Miz began lifting at least four days a week, always writing down his workouts, and working with a personal trainer to plan future sessions. “I always try to go heavier or do less weight and more reps,” he says. His trainer, Rob MacIntyre, who also works with John Cena, recently added deadlifts and squats back into his routine and has him working with heavier weights to put on more size. Now ripped, The Miz is a main eventer, winning his first WWE Championship last fall. “You’re going to be tired, you’re going to be run-down,” he says, “but it’s your job to get to the gym. If you want to be the best, you’ll find a way.” Thanks to training hard, he finally has.
Here’s a sample week’s workout based on the kind of training The Miz follows. Directions: Do five sets of five reps each for the first exercise in each workout, resting 120 seconds after each set. For the rest, do 2-3 sets of 8-12 reps, resting 60-90 seconds. Legs: Squat Good morning Leg extension Leg curl Chest/Shoulders: Bench press Dumbbell bench press Lateral raise Rear delt raise Back: Deadlift Dumbbell row Lat pulldown Lat pullover Machine row