Famous for challenging the industry standard of the male model look, designer, fitness buff, and Dolce&Gabbana favorite, David Gandy, links back up with the Italian fashion house as the face of the brand’s newest addition to the Light Blue scent series: Swimming in Lipari. A masculine musk inspired by the crisp water of the Mediterranean, the limited edition scent’s campaign sees Gandy sea-side in Sicily and was shot by the legendary Mario Testino. Here the supermodel shares personal fitness tips to get that Dolce&Gabbana beach physique yourself.
Essential Homme: What is your typical training regimen? Did you alter anything specifically for the Light Blue campaign?
David Gandy: The most effective workout consists of circuits and supersets; it’s great cardio, plus you get the weight training too. For this particular campaign, I did alter my routine by increasing the amount I trained to five times a week and making each a tougher, more intense workout.
EH: What time of the day should one work out?
DG: Whenever you can fit it in. I think it’s best to get it out of the way in the morning, as it sets you up for the whole day. I usually have more energy first thing too, so I can really push myself.
EH: For those that can’t dedicate too much time to pumping iron, do you have any tips to maximize effort at the gym?
DG: No one needs to spend hours at the gym, you just need to change your lifestyle to fit in at least 30 minutes a day, which everyone can do. If you just take the same half an hour you would spend watching a TV show to do an effective workout, you’d feel so much better for it!
EH: Best ratio of cardio to weight training?
DG: It depends on what you want to achieve and what your goals are. If you’re looking to lose weight, you need to up the cardio. If you’re just looking to tone up, balance some cardio with more weight training.
EH: How do you feel about fitness trends such as classes, bootcamps, and juices?
DG: Classes are a great way to exercise and can be fun. The most important thing is to find an exercise that you enjoy so that you’re much more likely to stick to it. The results are incentives to keep training. Juices are nice, but I believe everything should be kept in moderation. Eating natural, organic, and healthy food is the best way forward, so as long as you stay away from processed foods, it’s fine.
EH: Post-gym grooming secrets?
DG: I use rose oil to keep my skin moisturized, but that’s about it besides spraying myself with fragrance to wake up.
EH: What are most guys doing wrong when they exercise?
DG: It’s not about how much time you spend there; it’s about how effective you’re being. Everyone is different and everyone needs to find out what works best for them and what motivates them to push themselves the hardest.