Simu Liu recently revealed that he prefers playing sports to spending time in the gym to stay active and fit.
Key details: Liu, 34, told GQ some of his secrets regarding fitness, his diet and how he maintains his physique.
His workout: The “Shang-Chi” and “Barbie” star shared that when he is filming, his regimen usually includes high-intensity interval training (HIIT). When he isn’t filming, he prefers “sports to being in a gym and lifting weights.”
“I don’t live for the gym,” he noted. “I don’t live to lift and get swole, you know what I mean?”
“I grew up an athlete, I was on my varsity volleyball, basketball and rugby teams. … I put a home gym in my garage, which I use relatively infrequently, but I have a basketball net in my driveway, which I shoot hoops on every single day,” he added.
Preparing for “Barbie”: David Higgins, a trainer for “Barbie,” previously revealed to Insider that Liu, Ryan Gosling, Margot Robbie and many of the film’s other cast members focused on Pilates, pull-ups, push-ups and plank challenges as part of their training.
About his diet: Liu told GQ that he is not a picky eater and that, thanks to his fast metabolism, he is “a bit more lackadaisical” when it comes to his diet.
“I really love all Asian food, which means like a lot of carbs,” he said. “I love steamed rice and I love beef stir fry. I love dumplings and noodles. I love Korean BBQ. It’s really just cycling between different Asian cuisines.”
He also talked about his passion for fried chicken, saying, “I would have fried chicken every day if it was physically possible to not die doing it. There’s something about the crispy juiciness of fried chicken that is just something special. I love KFC.”
Other activities: Besides playing sports with his friends, Liu also enjoys scuba diving, which was introduced to him while he was training for a movie earlier this year.