Armand Aucamp shares fitness and diet tips

Armand Aucamp needs no introduction as one of South Africa’s hottest hunks in the television and film industry.

Annette de Wet asked the 29-year-old to share his favourite workouts and the secret to maintaining that six pack...

Armand Aucamp. Credit: Anika Molnar

How many times do you work out per week?

I try to do about three sessions of HIIT-workouts (High Intensity Training) or power lifting per week. I find this routine to be fulfilling, but if I feel super energized, which is more often than not, I will do about 20 minutes of interval sprints.

What is your favourite workout at the moment? 

I am currently doing a program called '5x5'. It basically consists of doing three exercises (a combination of squats, deadlifts, over-head presses, bench presses or rows) for 5 sets of 5 reps.

Each session you add about 2.5kg to the weights and work your way up from there.

It might sound impossible, but you quickly gain the strength to start lifting very heavy weights and push yourself to new level. The sessions are never longer than 30-45minutes, which is great, because I hate spending hours and hours in the gym.

 By the looks of things, it sounds like you follow a very strict diet…

Yes, I am an avid follower of a Ketogenic diet. In essence it is Low Carb High Fat (LCHF/Banting) and I have been doing it for over a year now. One has to restrict carbohydrate intake to about 20g/day.

It switches your body from being a 'sugar-burner' to a 'fat-burner'. The energy level shoot through the roof and mood stabilizes like never before. I don't really ever cheat, because I believe in the lifestyle and do not view it as a 'diet'.

If I do feel like a treat, I will have some 90% Lindt chocolate.

What is your secret to having body confidence? 

This ketogenic diet for sure! Even if I do not work out, it is so easy to maintain a lean physique. I am currently trying to bulk up slightly for a new role, hence the workouts, so as a maintenance diet, it is also incredible.

Are you good in the kitchen?

I like to bake something sweet every now and again using alternative ingredients such as almond flour, erythritol (sweetener) and coconut products which are all grain/wheat/carbohydrate and sugar free!

What is the craziest fitness or diet trend you have ever tried? 

I tried going vegetarian for a couple of weeks...never again!

What would be your biggest fitness inspiration tip to our readers?

Understand why you want to improve your lifestyle. Just following a diet or something blindly will almost always end up in failure.

If you understand the fitness and health aspects and implications of something, it is so much more sustainable. And the ability to succeed will also boost your morale and confidence.