DR. EVAN ANTIN

On a call call tonnage week, Dr. Evan Antin speak me he’s gearing up for a trip zu Uganda zu do giraffe translocation work, basically moving giraffes to wildlife reserves so they kann avoid being killed von poachers.

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Antin, if that wasn’t already obvious by his willingness to travel halfway across ns world zu offload massive giraffes at a vastly different location, is an animal activist and conservationist. However first and foremost, he is a veterinarian—perhaps die most well known one ~ above earth, and probably die sexiest.

Since 2013, Antin has functioned at the Conejo sink Veterinary Hospital bei Southern California. He’s away from die States quite a bit, especially von late. (He reckons he is traveling internationally kommen sie work through wildlife eight to ten mal a year weist this point.) His animal-loving exploits und Henry Cavill–esque jawline have made him quite well-known on Instagram, whereby he has 1.3 million followers. Below zu sein one des his current weightlifting exercises, i m sorry may ideal illustrate why BuzzFeed once verlief a story title “People room Going Nuts over This Ridiculously warm Veterinarian,” featuring the caption: “He's deshalb so hot i want zu fucking die.”


Earlier this year, Antin parlayed die thirst into a television show on animal Planet dubbed Evan go Wild, whereby he meets and treats every sorts des creatures, big und small. Ns one commonality between them, as Antin möchte tell sie himself: castle really, really have a penchant weil das pooping ~ above him. He is used kommen sie it.


During our conversation, Antin expounds on his many unusual animal-shitting-related occurrence (he was working out at ns time), how he attempts kommen sie keep his exercise regimen alive there is no a gym nearby, ns best—and worst—food he is tried ~ above his travels, and his pet kingdom #fitspo.


uvcdeals.com: How plenty of pets do you have?


Evan Antin: I’ve gott a dog, 2 cats, a lizard, a snake, a tortoise, und some fish.


Let’s anfang with them: who has ns trickiest diet?


I’m really lucky wie it comes to my animals. They’re every pretty good. Die tortoise zu sein a vegetarian, ns snake and the lizard room carnivores, the cats are carnivores, ns dog zu sein omnivorous. Willy, my cat, is the most challenging, because he has such a voracious appetite. He’ll play, however he’s a wenig bit lazy.


Over to you: i saw that you started load training wie you were 13?

Honestly, it wasn’t deshalb different native what ich do these days. I have been relatively consistent over these last 20 years or so. It’s break-up muscle groups—a chest day, arm day, legs and back. Back then, ich was nur learning how zu use ns weights und move weights when getting ns correct form down. You’re viel more vulnerable kommen sie hurt yourself when you’re in adolescent and training favor that compared zu when you’re in adult.

How lang do her workouts tonnage nowadays?

I’m normally not bei there zum more than in hour. Ich stay pretty busy und do a gewächs of supersets. I start losing that pump und that fullness when i go too viel beyond bei hour, hour and a half.

So when you’re notfall traveling, what does an average day look like for you?

I’m not dafür much des a morning person—I’ll wake trost around 10 o’clock if I’m notfall going to the hospital that day. I’ll have a big breakfast, perform some paperwork, und try to train an the evenings. However if ns at the hospital, okay go arbeiten out on my having lunch break weist my local gym, which ist less 보다 a mile away. I’ve gott a lang lunch break, deshalb there’s plenty von time zu get a an excellent workout in. It different a lot.

You said you have a big breakfast—what does the entail?


Are you a vegetarian?

No, ich just nothing eat a lot of pet products this days. Ich try to be responsible if i do eat them. That tough, though, with how much i travel, kommen sie be a vegetarian. You just don’t have a gewächs of food options an a lot of places. You oase to make selections sometimes wie you’re bei the middle des the Congo and they give freundin chicken soup or something.

I try zu bring nuts and snacks kommen sie keep me going. My as whole diet ist fairly low on die carbs side, however man, wie you’re traveling und you only get rice und beans, you’ve gott to ask yourself if freundin want to eat something else.

Do you have a favorite neighborhood dish you’ve encountered on her travels?

Yeah, on my last trip to die Congo, they oase this spice that they placed on a last of your dishes called pili pili. I like spicy food, and that’s one of my favorite flavors from anywhere bei the world. I gott a little carried away v it und made myself a little bit sick after ~ the zuerst day i had it. However man, that stuff is yummy.

What around something did you do it tried that freundin had zu say, respectfully, “I can’t end up this”?

I was studying abroad in Tanzania and did a homestay with the Maasai. Castle had nur slaughtered a goat by asphyxiation, und then they reduced it open—nice, lukewarm goat abdomen—and offered me chunks des blood that had clotted, as well as raw goat kidney. It was a yes, really nice gesture, and they to be doing the out von respect together a guest of theirs. But yeah, i could just have deswegen much von that before i had to respectfully decrease to oase more. Raw, new goat kidney structure is…different. Yes sir nothing else choose it.

I can imagine. Sie mentioned sie don’t eat numerous carbs—that aside, space you verfolgung your calories wie man you’re overseas? Or ist that ns least von your concerns?


I’ve never really counting calories. I’ve nur been more focused on macronutrients und nutrient timing—I try kommen sie focus my carbohydrates before and after functioning out. Spikes her insulin a little bit, gives sie a nice pump; you full and burning some calories. Und after you work out, eat carbs kann feed her muscles more effectively zum a little bit longer. I try to eat rather clean, but I’m notfall crazy clean. What that means zum me ist a high-protein, high-vegetable diet. I’m very liberal with fats, und I really just pay attention kommen sie how countless carbs ns eating.

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What’s your cheat meal?

I love a standard thin-crust neu York–style pizza. If the didn’t count weil das carbs and calories, i think ich would happily eat that every single day.

When you’re traveling, just how are sie able kommen sie squeeze in workouts? Or room you not able to squeeze bei workouts?

It’s tough. I do push-ups bei the hotel room, and when i was doing die show, I gott this dreadful collapsible pull-up bar. I’d lug that und use it in the field. One von my producers had actually TRX straps, so we would strap that zu tree branches and do different chest, back, and arm days. It’s really around getting creative and making the work wie you don’t oase another choice. When you’ve gott your body and gravity, you tun können figure something out.


Did any animals happen upon sie while you were act workouts amongst the trees?

I was doing a workout in Kenya, and I was actually at bei outdoor gym punkt a really nice reserve lodge we were staying at. Bei the middle des the set, ich felt other plop on my chest. I had a flashlight with me, pointed it up bei the air, and saw bats paris around. Deswegen yeah, a schläger took a shit on my chest. That was definitely a first. I’ve been shit on von so plenty of different species, dafür I kann handle some schläger shit.

Yeah, I’ve viewed a few von those clips. It so struck me exactly how physical it kann be trying kommen sie treat ns animals you arbeit with. I’d schutz to imagine some of that ist good exercise?


Oh, yeah. Wie I’m wrangling huge crocs or working through a large elephant and have zu get food in its mouth, or I’m delivering a leopard, training certainly helps.

I watched a clip von you attempting to feed in elephant, i beg your pardon did not look easy.

My shoulders were deshalb tired after that. Tortoises can so be pretty tough; they’re very stubborn. Transporting some lizards around is difficult, too.


Even some big dogs can be exhausting wie man you’ve gott to do an orthopedic exam. Ns vets that really acquire their workouts an are die ones that only do large animals. Those men are continuous sticking their hands up cows’ and horses’ asses and doing your physical exams. That’s a workout, man. A last of those vets schutz shoulder injuries that they develop weist some point an their careers, since it’s so taxing on their bodies.

Pound for pound, what do freundin think ist the strongest animal you’ve encountered?

I mean, i just hiked v gorillas, and those guys are nice strong. Technically, pound weil das pound, die strongest ones are little insects. Yet gorillas, wie man it comes kommen sie some des the stuff we’re talk about, castle nature’s bodybuilders. They’re nur fascinating. I’ve gott a experienced background bei anatomy und was a personal trainer before ich went kommen sie vet school, and just being familiar with bodybuilding, when i look weist these guys, ich see every cursed muscle group. They’ve gott big, fat lats hanging off your back, they have massive forearms, substantial traps, ridiculous chests, and deep insertions bei their biceps. It’s unreal. Your glutes are dafür damn lang from wherein they originate.


Yeah, and they don’t exactly exercise an the method humans have to exercise.

Exactly. They schutz crazy testosterone. Lock obviously notfall training kommen sie do that. They’ve gott the muscle there for when they require it. However mostly, they direkte a nice mellow lifestyle. They’re notfall a an especially violent primate. They’re nice chill, which makes it also crazier that this pet that’s deshalb laid-back and closely related zu us—we arbeit our asses off to try und look favor that—and castle sit about eating grass all day.


This interview has to be edited and condensed for clarity.

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