First Dates star Fred Sirieix has revealed his secret to having a six-pack aged 51, which includes doing over 300 press-ups per day.
The TV presenter told MailOnline his vigorous fitness regime consists of daily strength and core exercises that he maintains even when he’s filming for the likes of his ITV show Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip.
Inspired by US chef and military veteran Andre Rush, who completes 2,222 press-ups every day, Fred set himself the challenge of doing 30 each minute for a total of 10 minutes, and adding one for luck, increasing the amount he achieves as he persists with the exercise.
But the Channel 4 star insists that his end goal has nothing to do with his athletic physique, which he often bares shooting abroad with Gordon Ramsay and Gino D’Acampo, saying his work ethic is a ‘way of life’ and as he’s gotten older, his fitness has become of even greater importance.
He said: ‘I used to do lots of different things, triathlons, marathons, boxing, I am a bit older now, so I don’t compete anymore, but I train just as hard as I did before.’
First Dates star Fred Sirieix has revealed his secret to having a six-pack aged 51, which includes doing over 300 press-ups per day
The TV presenter told MailOnline his vigorous fitness regime consists of daily strength and core exercises that he maintains even when he’s travelling
Inspired by US chef and military veteran Andre Rush, who completes 2,222 press-ups every day, Fred set himself the challenge of doing 30 each minute for a total of 10 minutes
Despite having a busy schedule consisting of media interviews, Fred revealed that by lunchtime he would have completed 50 minutes of exercise.
He explained: ‘Between 9am and 1pm I will have done 50 minutes of work, press-ups, squats, some core and strength exercises.
‘It’s a way of life, I have always done sports and if I don’t do it I feel fidgety and I need to exercise. It’s important for my head, the romans used to say a healthy mind, a healthy body. The older you get, the more you realise how important it is.’
Adhering to a strenuous fitness regime may be the norm for the maître d’hôtel, but he doesn’t stop challenging himself, which is the same hardworking mentality he’s passed onto his gold medal-winning daughter, Olympic diver Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix.
He said: ‘I do 301 press-ups everyday but not in one go. In 10 minutes, I do 30 on the minute every minute for 10 minutes and then one more.
‘When I started, I could hardly do 20 in one go and then the maximum I could do was 50, it took me six months to a year to get there, every day.
‘There is this guy in America that does 2,222 pushups every day, Chef Rush, and he does that for veterans that have come back from the war and have PTSD so, I thought okay, let me see what I can do, and I came up with the 301 number.
‘I do it when I travel along with my squats, shadow boxing, my pushups, I can exercise and do it in two square metres.’
Fred has passed on his hardworking mentality to his gold medal-winning daughter, Olympic diver Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix
Andrea won gold during the Women’s 10m Platform at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, with Fred proudly watching poolside as his daughter achieved her goals
Fred explained his message of body positivity is a belief he’s encouraged his daughter to share, especially as a professional diver
Although baring his muscular torso on Instagram and TV has become a regular occurrence for Fred, who turned 51 in January, he says having a body type that could easily see him cast on Love Island isn’t his priority.
He added: ‘I don’t really have goals with my aesthetic. It’s interesting with bodies and body shape, you look at people like Tyson Fury for example who’s not really the ideal man when you look at him compared to Anthony Joshua but he’s an athlete.
‘We all have body hangups, when I was 16, I always thought my legs weren’t hairy enough and I had skinny calves but now I don’t care.
‘If I do a show like with Gino and Gordon and we’re naked running down the beach, I don’t care, I am me and this is the body that I have… what am I going to do? I can’t change myself. It is hard to be confident and accept yourself, but this is the only way forward.’
Fred explained his message of body positivity is a belief he’s encouraged his daughter to share, especially as a professional diver.
But he says Andrea, 18, who won gold in the Women’s 10m Platform at her first Commonwealth Games last August, doesn’t need his fatherly advice.
He said: ‘Andrea is a very mature, very strong minded and she has her own opinion. She is very articulate, and she is girl power and I love that. I love that she’s girl power.
‘When something isn’t right, she says it and she has no qualms saying what she thinks. She speaks her mind and that’s very important to me.’
Fred has teamed up with National Lottery Open Week, which is where National Lottery funded venues come together to thank their players for helping to raise £30million each week for good causes
Fred celebrates low-cost and wholesome days out as part of National Lottery Open Week, pictured at National Trust site Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Fred has teamed up with National Lottery Open Week, which is where National Lottery funded venues come together to thank their players for helping to raise £30million each week for good causes.
From 18-26 March, customers can show their National Lottery ticket or scratch card to a number of venues up and down the country and gain free or special admission, and this year there are 450 to choose from.
The father-of-two explained that the National Lottery Open Week could provide families with a low-cost day out or even a couple looking to spend some quality time together.
He said: ‘The National Lottery Open Week happens every year and basically it’s when National Lottery funded venues come together and it’s to say a thank you to the 30million that they raise each week.
‘There are about 450 different venues that you can visit between the 18-26th March. You simply show up with your National Lottery ticket to one of the venues and they will let you in. It’s about sharing the love and you have seven days to visit these places, maybe you didn’t think of visiting or thought it was too expensive.
‘There are lots of different things to do like visit the Eden Project, which is a really good day out.’
Fred’s long-term partner, who’s appeared alongside him on Gogglebox and affectionally goes by the name Fruitcake, sent him to Sissinghurst Castle Gardens in Kent, which is one of the locations you can visit, so he could pick up some much need gardening tips from the professionals on site.
He added: ‘I have been to the Sissinghurst Castle Garden as part of the campaign, Fruitcake sent me there because of their gardens.
‘I love gardening and this year I am so desperate, I got out in the garden every morning and the cold has killed off my plants. I had a very busy spring/summer last year and I was getting excited with everything that’s coming up in the garden, but everything is dead… it’s like a scene from an apocalypse! I was there trying to find inspiration.’
- The National Lottery Open Week is where National Lottery funded venues come together to say thank you for the £30 million raised for Good Causes every week by National Lottery players
- From 18-26 March 2023 players can simply show a National Lottery ticket or scratch card (digital or physical) to gain free entry or special offers at a range of National Lottery funded venues across the UK. Find out more: www.nationallotteryopenweek.com