How the World’s Most Powerful CEOs Are Getting Super Buff

Some of America’s top CEOs already seem larger than life, working endless hours and running some of our nation’s top companies. But while they’ve long been respected for their career success, recently the public is noticing something else — some of them are suddenly super ripped.

If you’ve noticed that CEOs like Tim Cook and Jeff Bezos are getting buff, you’re not alone. Here’s how — and why — they’re doing it.

First, there was Jeff Bezos …

Bezos’ arms made headlines in 2017. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made headlines in June 2017 when he emerged at the annual Allen & Company Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho looking substantially more fit than he had in the past. The internet was quick to react, calling Bezos a badass and making his pictures into memes.

Next: Bezos wasn’t the only one to get ripped.

… then Tim Cook got in on the action.

Cook has gotten buff in recent months too. | Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

In January 2018, Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted a staged photo of himself with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, pretending to break ground at a new Apple data center. But many people focused less on the message of the photo and more on Cook’s form, especially his arms that seemed to be stretching the confined of his tailored jacket.


In more recent photos, it’s clear that Cook has indeed main some gains.

Next: When do these powerful men find time to lift?

Fitting fitness into a packed schedule

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Bezos’ routine leaves room for exercise. | David Ryder/Getty Images

No one can deny that these men (and other CEOs) have very busy schedules, leaving the public to wonder how on Earth they find time to get into such great shape. After all, even those of us with normal workloads and social lives have trouble finding the time for fitness.

But if these powerhouses have learned anything by climbing the corporate ladder, it’s how to work smarter, not harder — and that also applies to workouts. And if you look at highlights from Jeff Bezos’ daily routine, it’s clear he knows how to prioritize:

  • Bezos believes in getting plenty of sleep, waking every morning without the aid of an alarm clock.
  • He never schedules early morning meetings to ensure he has time for a healthy breakfast with his family.
  • In fact, he doesn’t schedule a lot of meetings in general, and when he does, he never invites more people than two pizzas could feed.
  • He has a strange way of unwinding in the evening: He still does his own dishes. Bezos calls is the “sexiest thing” he does.

Next: Bezos had a little help from his “friends.”

Supplements were also involved

Composition with dietary supplements capsules

Bezos has certainly used supplements to build muscle that quickly. |

According to the website Workout Schedule King, Bezos boosted his healthy diet and sleep schedule with supplements. This makes sense, since it’s tough for a man in his 50s to build muscle as quickly as he appeared to. Bezos had a little help from testosterone supplements, which everyone from personal trainers to celebrities have used to get ripped fast.

Of course, Bezos has access to the best medical professionals, and there’s no doubt he consulted with his doctor before beginning his program. Anyone wanting to make changes to their body should do the same.

Next: Naturally, this CEO credits his own product for helping him stay in shape.

Tim Cook credits the Apple Watch

Tim Cook

Tim Cook credits the Apple Watch for his physique. | David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Cook’s day looks quite a bit different than Bezos’ — he wakes up brutally early, at 3:45 AM, and begins reading his many emails right away. He’s at the gym by 5 AM, but he prefers the privacy of a different gym to the fitness center on Apple’s campus.

Cook is notoriously private, so he hasn’t said exactly what he does in the gym. But we do know he credits his Apple Watch with keeping him in shape and helping him maintain his weight.

Next: Here’s why these men have decided to make fitness a priority.

Better late than never

Bezos wasn’t always in great shape. | Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Those who have followed Bezos’ career since Amazon’s earliest days know he wasn’t always in shape. Brad Stone, the author of a book about Bezos and Amazon, sparked a rumor that Bezos was getting into shape in hopes of becoming an astronaut. But in reality, Bezos probably just has more time and resources now that help him stay fit.

The more private Cook tends to keep himself hidden, and since he’s been working out for years, he’s probably been pretty ripped all along, increasing the intensity of his workouts as he ages to try and maintain those muscles.

Next: We do know the workout routines of some of America’s other top CEOs.

Here’s how some of America’s CEOs stay in shape

Obama plays basketball

President Obama played basketball to stay in shape. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Many of America’s most successful people credit their workout routines for combatting stress and improving their focus. President Barack Obama has had a strict workout routine for decades, while Anna Wintour, the Editor in Chief of Vogue, plays tennis in the wee hours of the morning.

Here are how a few of America’s top CEOs like to sweat:

  • Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg works out at least three times a week, usually first thing in the morning. He enjoys running, adding that staying in shape is very important to him.
  • Virgin Group founder Richard Branson stays incredibly active: He does Bikram Yoga, rock climbing, running, and weightlifting regularly, claiming that exercise makes him more productive.
  • Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett admits he exercises so he can eat whatever he wants. He loves hamburgers, hot dogs, and Coca Cola, so he works out to balance it all out.

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