Hers Guy: Jaymes Vaughan

Jaymes Vaughan, The Amazing Race runner-up and Vegas-based Chippendales headliner, shares his inspiring story about what it took to push beyond his normal workload in his attempt to take down that million-dollar prize

October 23, 2013
Hers Guy: Jaymes Vaughan

HOW OFTEN DO YOU HIT THE GYM?
I train with weights five times per week, focusing on a different body part like chest or shoulders each time. I’ll stick with four sets for four different exercises, always working in a range of 6–8 reps per set. I also throw in abs on three of those days. For cardio, I aim to get in at least 30 minutes per day, and I try to change things up every time to keep things fresh. One day I might split my cardio into 10-minute intervals on three different machines, the next I’ll head outside for a run. I hate the thought of being stuck inside a gym for cardio every single day.

IF YOU HAD TO PICK ONE, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ABS EXERCISE?
I really try to engage my core in every exercise I do, because it helps work your abs even when they aren’t your focus. But if I had to pick just one, it would definitely be the hanging leg raise. I sustained a spinal injury three years ago, which makes doing traditional situps and crunches pretty painful. Hanging leg raises are a great way to get up off the floor, isolate and mercilessly work my abs, and keep the strain off my neck.

DO YOU TRY TO MAINTAIN A CLEAN DIET?
I try very hard to follow a clean diet. I stress the try part because it’s not always easy to stick to with my busy schedule. Some days my only options are fast food or nothing at all. If I do end up grabbing fast food, well, that just earns me an extra half hour of cardio. If you do the crime, you gotta do the time!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TREAT MEAL?
I’m a sucker for pizza, especially if it’s topped with pepperoni, green peppers, and lots of extra cheese.

DID YOU DO ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY TO PREPARE YOURSELF PHYSICALLY FOR THE AMAZING RACE?
Cardio, cardio, and more cardio! I wore a backpack during all of my cardio sessions. I knew I really had to up the intensity to be competitive. I also took up canoeing, hiking, and running in the sand.

WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF THE EXPERIENCE?
The challenges were tough but fun, and we did things I would have never had the opportunity to do if I were on my own. I mean, synchronized swimming with the Russian Olympic team? Come on! But it’s tough to run a race on zero calories when you are used to consuming 5,000 per day. It was such an amazing experience, though. Every bit of agony was worth it!