Devin Wiggins is a busy guy. His days start before the sun comes up, and by the time most people sit down for lunch, he’s already logged nearly a full day’s worth of coaching and training.
With such a packed schedule, it makes sense that he knows how to make the most of his time. That’s just one reason he was the perfect person to design Openfit‘s new program, 600 Secs. Featuring workouts that are just 10 minutes long, 600 Secs is scalable, flexible, and fun in an intense kind of way — just like the man himself.
Here’s a look at how Wiggins got his start in the fitness world and how a lifetime of exercise has shaped his view of working out and the world in general.
Openfit: Did your enthusiasm for fitness start early on in life?
Devin Wiggins: I wasn’t particularly gifted with athleticism as a kid, but my pops was a very dedicated coach. He got me into everything you could think of when I was young — baseball, soccer, basketball.
Was there a particular sport you enjoyed the most?
I was better at basketball than I was at any of the rest. I remember going and going and going with drill after drill after drill. At first I didn’t like it, but then you start getting better and better. The results are rewarding.
What role did fitness play as you got older?
High school came along and I dabbled in sports, but I never really finished a season. I found solace in exercising and lifting and being alone when I was doing it. I had some emotional hardships that I think we all go through growing up, and working out was my therapy. The high school weight room was my safe place.
Can you talk about your formal exercise education?
I started college in Colorado for environmental science. I met someone I thought was super fascinating who was taking a nutrition class, so I switched into that. I ended up loving the classes and switching my major. I wanted to study anything that would give me a competitive edge in being a human — whether it’s nutrition or health or economics.
How does that formal education compare to the real world lessons of coaching?
I worked at just about every kind of gym from boutique to big box, and I gained a ton of experience. You learn more on a gym floor working with people than you do in a college classroom for four years.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I wake up at 4:45 a.m. and hop in the shower where I plan and go through an outline of the structure of my day.
I start work at 6 a.m., meet with six to eight people, and then take a break. Scheduling your time efficiently — including rest — is really important. Then, I get a lot of my workouts done in the afternoon.
With a busy schedule, do you ever have trouble staying motivated to move your body?
This probably sounds corny, but [to stay motivated] I’ll run out to my car or a quiet place like the bathroom and I’ll pull up a video of some inspirational speeches. I’m a sucker for a motivational message.
I also think about the future. If I’m not able to move when I’m older, then what’s the point? That’s the underlying motivation of it all. It’s great to look good and feel great, but I want to be able to move and not worry about health issues when I’m older.
It seems like you keep a diverse collection of motivational material.
Motivation can come from a lot of different places. I’ve pulled motivation from being jealous of people. It can come from inspirational people whom I think are going through more difficult things than me in the moment. It’s helpful to know that we’re not alone and everyone goes through things. Everyone needs help sometimes to seek out motivation.
A lot of people don’t step back and figure out what the real reason is behind why they’re doing what they’re doing. That goes for anything, not just for fitness. It helps to step back and focus on that to really figure it out.
Did motivation play into the idea to develop 600 Secs, since it’s easier to convince yourself to hop into a short session?
Definitely. People don’t have a ton of time, so if you can get in a workout without putting yourself behind schedule, that’s one less excuse. And if you start working out and get really into it, you can just stack a few on top of each other and keep going. You can listen to your body [and give it what it needs].
Is there one exercise you always look forward to?
The deadlift is the one exercise I would bring to a desert island. It helps you with conditioning, posture, and overall strength. It’s hard, but it does so much for your body.
Is there a specific exercise you dread?
I hate doing abs exercises. That intense burn in that area messes with me. I cramp super quickly. I hate it… but at the same time it makes me want to do more.
What are some common mistakes you see people falling into when they’re getting into working out?
Some folks come in and they just want to focus on muscles they can see [in the mirror]. They want to bench press and bicep curl. We focus too much on our beach muscles.
I also see people who want to skip the strength work because they don’t want to get too big or because it’s too hard. But the strength work is a foundation. It’s crucial for transforming your body.
Does 600 Secs address those shortcomings?
Absolutely. We build in a lot of primitive movements that your body should be able to do naturally, like the squat, but maybe have trouble performing because of dysfunctional movement patterns we’ve picked up during our daily lives. We have asymmetries and deficiencies that we can work out through moving.
What does your nutrition typically look like when you’re training?
I have a single shot of espresso in the morning before work. That’s crucial for me. The rest varies depending on my training schedule.
If I’m working out at noon or later, I’ll eat around 10 AM. It’s usually something light, like a protein bar that’s about 300 calories. Or, I’ll make a shake with some plant protein, oat milk, and spinach.
I’ll have one of those meal prep services [for lunch], and then another shake two to three hours after that. For dinner, I’ll have some lean meat and rice or fish or steak or chicken.
I go through periods where sometimes I’m mostly vegetarian unless I want to start losing body fat. Then I’ll start eating more protein and cut down the carbs a little bit.
What’s the one essential food you keep with you during the day?
I eat a lot of dried mangoes. I have a sweet tooth. We have a health food store right underneath our home, so I’ll fill up a bag for about 10 bucks and eat ’em for the next few days. I like that they’re chewy, so it takes me some time to eat them.
Is there a particular cheat food you reach for when your plan allows?
I love pasta. I LOVE pasta. I love pizza. I love toffee chocolates. I love banana bread. And a sweet potato pie or pecan pie will make my day.
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