If you know who Mantas Zvinas is, you’ve likely seen his muscled mid-section. On a bike at SoulCycle, leading runners through the streets of Manhattan, or on Instagram catching the sun as he leaps off a boat on the Amalfi Coast.
Zvinas is a crazy-loved instructor at Soul and is the founder of SurfYogaBeer, a fitness adventure retreat company that makes every other trip you’ve taken look lame.
He’s (of course) originally from Southern California, and his surfer persona basically demands shirtlessness. It’s just…should you be heartened that the guy can drink beer regularly and still show off abs of steel? Or is it super annoying that for every six pack you even glance at, you end up even further away from an actual six pack?
Zvinas would tell you to forget about the abs altogether; his energy is totally heart-centric. His classes and retreats emphasize embracing adventure, and he eats and exercises in ways that are just about feeling good and living fully. (Amen!) It’s why his fans follow him from dark spin studios to far-flung tropical destinations.
We got the insider scoop on his healthy habits, from back-to-back spin sessions to, yes, beer.
How Does Mantas Zvinas Live a Nutritious Life?
If you had to name your healthy diet, what would you call it? Balanced and Aware.
What’s your go-to breakfast? Coffee.
Your go-to workday lunch? Eggs, avo, and more eggs.
Your go-to workday dinner? BBQ. I used to live above Mighty Quinns BBQ.
What’s the one food you always have in your fridge? Does beer count?
What do you eat before and after a workout? In the middle of my day, I go for acai bowls for the quick pick-me-up! Before a workout, I have granola or avocado. After a workout, it is usually more substantial like tacos.
Your favorite food indulgence? Again, does beer count?
Other than water, what do you sip regularly? Ugh, hello, BEER!!
How often do you exercise, and what’s your workout of choice? I work out seven days a week about three or four times a day. Most of that is from teaching at SoulCycle, because I ride while I teach, and other times it’s teaching BootyCamp, Yoga, and leading RunClub with SurfYogaBeer…and of course I take as many as I can of the plethora of classes on the NYC fitness scene!
Which workout would you NEVER do? Pilates, ugh…
How do you stay active outside the gym? I lead fitness adventures around the world with SurfYogaBeer. Those involve beach bootcamps, surfing, hiking, and outdoor yoga sessions.
What’s your go-to tool for managing stress? Working out is a huge stress manager, and since I do it so much already, I don’t have that much stress.
How do you pamper yourself when you need it? My home is my sanctuary, and I love taking naps.
How do you express and spread love? It’s so easy—just smile at people!
What’s your weirdest healthy habit? Going into morning workouts without fully being awake. DON’T THINK, JUST DO!
Which healthy habit do you wish you had more time for? Hiking… that’s hard to get in NYC.
Mantas Zvinas: Lightning Round
Meditation or massage? Meditation
A hot shower or a soothing bath? Shower. A bath in NYC? That’s dirty…
Almond butter or peanut butter? Almond Butter.
Coffee or tea? Coffee.
A long run outside or a dark spin class? Run outside.