Former Major League Baseball MVP, Alex Rodriguez, has transitioned from his days on the diamond to a new role as a prominent and outspoken commentator. While his baseball career may be in the rearview mirror, he continues to prioritize fitness and maintain a disciplined diet. In an exclusive interview with Men’s Health, Rodriguez shared insights into his daily routine and unique culinary preferences.
Once a powerhouse player for the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and New York Yankees, Rodriguez’s dietary needs were considerably different during his playing years. He consumed copious amounts of steak, potatoes, rice, and beans, often spreading these meals across 6 or 7 daily servings. “You’re burning so many calories when you play 162 games,” he reflects. Today, however, he has scaled down to 3-4 meals per day, incorporating protein shakes. His refrigerator is stocked with essentials such as water (still and sparkling), eggs, salad, hummus (a favored late-night snack), and an assortment of fruits.
But A-Rod’s diet has its quirks. He admits to being a “chip expert,” frequently indulging in an assortment of chip varieties, often making late-night raids to his kitchen cabinet. To maintain his high-energy television appearances, which include Fox’s coverage of MLB season and playoffs, as well as ESPN’s regular-season Kay-Rod broadcast, Rodriguez relies on an astonishing 7 to 8 cups of black coffee daily.
Moreover, Rodriguez, who was renowned for his baserunning abilities during his MVP-winning playing career, demonstrates that he’s not afraid to get creative with his food choices. He revealed that he enjoys a “weird” combination: a sandwich made of peanut butter, jelly, and turkey. It’s an unorthodox choice, but it’s clearly one that works for him.
To complement his diet, Rodriguez adheres to a structured yet manageable workout routine. He frequents the gym seven days a week, dedicating 30 minutes to breaking a sweat each session. This regimen helps the 48-year-old maintain his fitness and broadcasting excellence.
For a comprehensive look at A-Rod’s complete Gym and Fridge routine, you can watch the Men’s Health video, providing insights into the unconventional diet and fitness practices of the former baseball MVP turned charismatic commentator.