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Greg Plitt dead: Recap updates after fitness guru and Hollywood actor killed by train

The 37-year-old has been described as a ‘fitness legend’, with friends and fans saying his death is ‘an unbelievable loss for this world’

Fitness guru, actor and model Greg Plitt has died after being struck by a train in LA. Here’s what we know so far:

11:23 am

TV fitness instructor, actor and model Greg Plitt has died after being struck by a train in LA.

The 37-year-old was killed yesterday afternoon when he was hit by a Metrolink train.

Witnesses had seen him near the tracks with a video camera in his hand.

Pitt was a renowned personal trainer who had recently appeared in a reality show on Bravo called “Work Out”, and is due to feature in a new reality series called “Friends to Lovers” later this month.

He had also acted in a number of Hollywood films, with roles alongside Robert DeNiro and Matt Damon in The Good Shepherd, and he was cast in Terminator 4 alongside Christian Bale.

He was also a body double in superhero movie Watchmen.

Tributes have been flooding in for the fitness guru since the tragic news broke earlier today.

11:37 am
Greg ‘was filming ad’ when he was struck

Police say Greg was with a group of friends at the time of the tragedy at 4.10pm on Saturday, with one fellow model claiming he was filming an advert for a protein shake.

Jamie Eason posted on Facebook: “Greg had so many great things going on in his life right now, so to have his life end so quickly, hit by a train as he was filming a spot for his protein shake, is just gut wrenching!”

A Metrolink passenger, Victor Crowell, told news station KABC: “He had on all black. The train went by. I saw him stumble over the tracks. He had a camcorder in his hand.”



Greg Plitt has appeared on the covers of more than 200 fitness magazines and 25 romance novels in the last four years. He is undisputedly America’s No. 1 male fitness model, appearing on the cover of at least one magazine every month for the last four and a half years.

“ Greg won the 2009 Star Physique Award for Best Male Physique on TV. Men’s Fitness magazine named Greg one of America’s 25 Fittest Americans alongside Lance Armstrong.”

DNA Magazine calls him one of the 60 Sexiest Men Alive along with Daniel Craig, and syndicated TV show EXTRA named him one of America’s Most Eligible Bachelors. Greg is the face of Thierry Mugler’s worldwide Angel Men and Ice Men fragrance campaigns, and is a sponsored athlete for MET-Rx Engineered Nutrition, Under Armour Performance Apparel and Gold’s Gym. Greg has done commercials for Old Spice, Dodge Ram Trucks, ESPN, Under Armour, MET-Rx and PETA. He has also appeared in countless infomercials.

“Greg has starred on the big screen in The Good Shepherd (with Robert DeNiro), Terminator Salvation (with Christian Bale) and Watchmen (as the body of Dr. Manhattan).”

You’ve also seen him on TV in Bravo’s Workout, HGTV’s Designed to Sell and NBC’s Days of our Lives. He is a two-time All-America wrestler and a PRO-rated skydiver with more than 1500 jumps to date. Before taking on acting and modeling, Greg graduated from West Point U.S. Military Academy and served as an Army Ranger as well as a captain and company commander of 184 U.S. soldiers.

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Greg Training and Diet Tips

My training and nutrition strategy is a simple, basic fundamental theory of business 101 supply vs. demand. In order for a body to change form and grow, there has to be a reason, a demand for such a change to occur. The body will not get stronger simply because we tell it to; we must create a demand for it to get stronger. In the gym our muscles must go through the same ass-kicking scenario in order for them to “fight back” and grow stronger to defend themselves. When we work out and lift, we are adding stress to a targeted muscle region. Our muscles do not enjoy going to failure and hitting exhaustion over and over again, so they naturally will try to defend themselves by improving and growing stronger to match the level of stress being applied.

pre- and post-workout nutrition.
The faster you can create the demand for change and then immediately supply the demand with the proper type and amount of nutrition and rest, the faster your growth will be achieved. I always set up my workout to improve with a pre-workout meal. It’s a liquid meal consisting of pre-workout powder, L-glutamine, creatine, HMB, omega-3s, multivitamin, whey protein and a teaspoon of raw honey.

For my morning workout I train one bodypart and hit anywhere around 28 to 36 sets per bodypart, going heavy, with rep ranges between five and 10 and more than a minute’s rest between sets, four sets per exercise, six to eight exercises. I train abs at the end of every workout, usually in a giant set for 10 or 15 minutes non-stop with 30 to 50 reps. Here’s my split:

Day 1: Chest
Day 2: Back
Day 3: Shoulders
Day 4: Biceps (four exercises), triceps (two or three exercises)
Day 5: Legs
Day 6: Cycle starts again

My post-workout meal consists of whey protein (.30 grams per pound of body weight), dextrose (simple sugar you find at the grocery store, .40 grams per pound of body weight), creatine, L-glutamine and HMB.

I eat one main meal a day of real food, usually between 2 and 6 p.m. It’s a large meal that consists of high protein and low carb. I call the meal a caveman diet — as if it wasn’t food 100 years ago, I don’t consider it food now. I try to stay away from all processed foods and stick with a variety of meat, chicken, tuna and seafood as the bulk of my protein and then all vegetables cooked in a variety of ways — broccoli, spinach, cucumbers, peas, asparagus and salads. The meal probably has 3,500 calories — in one sitting. My philosophy is one large meal in the middle of the day, which ensures that I have all the food digested and burned off before bed.

Photoshoot prep?
No, prior to a photo shoot I’ll either add a second workout for the same bodypart that I trained in the morning or I’ll do cardio. The pre- and post-workout meals are the same as the morning. My evening workout is exactly like the morning workout — the same exercises — but extremely light weights, with reps at 25 to 30 per set and rests between sets of under one minute. Or, as I said, I’ll do cardio.


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