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Watch This YouTuber Take on Chef Andre Rush's 8,000 Calorie Diet

Men's Health UK logo Men's Health UK 04/05/2021 Edward Cooper
Del Shannon wearing a hat: Will Tennyson tackles the jacked former White House Chef's daily routine, which includes 1200g protein, 2222 press-ups and a 3AM start © Provided by Men's Health UK Will Tennyson tackles the jacked former White House Chef's daily routine, which includes 1200g protein, 2222 press-ups and a 3AM start

In 2018, military veteran and then-White House chef Andre Rush caught headlines around the world after being photographed by a political reporter on the White House lawn while preparing for former President Donald Trump’s iftar (the meal served at the end of Ramadan). The attention, however, wasn't focused on his culinary skills or his tireless work but, instead, his hulking physique and 24-inch biceps.

The direct result of a diligent workout schedule, pre-dawn wake-ups and, of course, a high-calorie diet, it takes a lot to match the output of someone like Rush. "I don't think people understand what it is I actually do in the gym to look like I do," he said in a previous interview with Men's Health, after receiving "hundreds of emails and texts and calls" about his newfound internet fame. When reporters began to take a deeper dive into Rush's daily routine, it emerged that the 'jacked chef" grinds through 2222 push-ups every weekday and, as part of an 8000-calorie diet, eats anywhere between 12 to 24 hard-boiled eggs every day. Rush also carves out some time to work his way through four whole roasted chickens.

“One time, while at West Point, President Bush complimented me on my fitness and asked how often I work out and what I do [to get so strong]," Rush explained. “Of course, President Obama, he also mentioned my fitness, and I do get a lot of people in higher power asking, like, what I do to maintain my physique at my age." To find out, YouTuber Will Tennyson — who's no stranger to taking on high-profile celebrity diets, with past challenges including Henry Cavill, Mark Wahlberg and Tom Hardy — took up the mantle to see exactly how Rush does it.

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"When I saw all-natural White House chef Andre Rush's daily routine, I was shocked and taken aback," says Tennyson. "I've seen and I've tried some crazy routines on this channel in the past and this one takes the cake."

For Rush, his day starts at 3AM and Tennyson matches it, but admits he can't follow Rush's example of 2222 push-ups — part of the #22PushupChallenge to raise awareness of the estimated 22 military veterans who die from suicide every day — in 75 minutes after waking and meditation. Instead, he sets himself the goal of chipping away at them during the day and getting around half of the reps checked off before breakfast.

Press-ups complete, Tennyson moves onto a kilo of egg whites and a heavy-duty 1600-calorie smoothie, which makes for his most caloric meal of the day. "This is one of those moments where I have to close my eyes, not overthink it and just eat," grimaces Tennyson.

His next meal is a hit of 1829 calories and 311gs of protein, in the form of a chicken bowl and a separate yoghurt berry bowl, which Tennyson later refers to as "anabolic cement".

"The amount of protein that I'm eating is making me really really hot and thirsty," he says. "This is not going down."

Next up: chef Rush's arm workout. "Do not try this at home," warns Tennyson, before doing exactly that. Still only half-way through the 2222-rep challenge, Tennyson supersets incline curls with push-ups before forearm rope curls and, you guessed it, more push-ups. A tri-set of barbell curls, cross-body curls and more push-ups follows. The last super-set consists of single-arm cable curls to failure and as many rounds as possible (AMRAP) of push-ups. A bowl of shrimp pasta and 1767-calorie meal from Chipotle follows Tennyson's workout and he hits 2000 total push-ups at home while cooking the next meal of an entire roast chicken, egg whites and a protein-heavy smoothie.

With just 222 push-ups to go, the finish line is in sight for Tennyson, who has to battle to keep his food down. The diet, Tennyson concludes, felt unrealistic — the amount of protein had "diminishing returns", for example — and Rush's arm workout got similar feedback. "If you're a natural athlete, that workout will injure you and make you regress on your workouts. You'll lose muscle."

Not only that, but the 3AM wake-up floored Tennyson and affected his mood, energy levels during training and his productivity. "When I worked out, I had no motivation to work out and I couldn't feel my muscles contract. I didn't want to do anything...I don't think I've ever been that sleep-deprived in my life and try to train, especially at that volume. I couldn't do it. I don't know how he does that."

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