Workouts of the Mega-Successful

How great could you be if you exercised like Theresa May or Mark Cuban?

We all know exercise feeds the brain. It also makes you more successful, research strongly suggests, because it helps boost energy, focus and productivity. Take, for example, the research from Tom Corley, the author of Change Your Habits, Change Your Life. In surveying 177 self-made millionaires, he found that 76 percent of them worked out for 30 minutes or more every day.

It is not surprising that some of the world’s most high profile organizational and thought leaders make exercise a daily ritual, no matter how busy they are.

Shawn Talbott

Talbott is the Chief Science Office of Amare Global, and has been voted “World’s Fittest CEO” twice (yes, there is really an award for this). He works out out eight to 10 hours a week over six days, favoring running, cycling, swimming and more to keep in shape for Ironman competitions.

Strauss Zelnick

This mega-successful CEO of private equity firm Zelnick Media Capital wanted to push fitness to a new level, so he created a group of fitness fans that works out together, four days a week, at 6 AM. They do a boot camp style mix of sit -ups, pushups, and resistance and strength training.

Theresa May

May’s dedicated weekly workouts with a personal trainer help give her strength to oversee the UK government and manage her diabetes, reports the press. Her routine include weight training, squats and HIIT (high intensity interval training).

Emma Watson

The superstar actress, model and United Nations Women Global Goodwill Ambassador completes an efficient 30-minute exercise regime each day. It includes stretching, strength training with lunges and squats, followed by breathing and meditation exercises.

Dick Costolo

The former CEO of Twitter and now a partner at Index Ventures tweeted his workout regime a while back. Squats, presses and lifts with a 100-pound weight and 235 grueling toe-to-bar lifts (hanging from a bar, you lift your legs over your head to touch the bar).

Julia Hartz

The co-founder the President of Event Brite, the world’s largest event technology platform, schedules exercise dates for early in the week when the schedule is less intense. Favorite workouts? Sweating it on the home elliptical machine or doing a yoga routine with an app on her iPad.

Dalai Lama

His Holiness exercises daily – starting at 3:45 in the morning! – doing full-body prostrations (many of them), followed by a walk outside or on the treadmill. Oh, and he is 81 years old.

Mark Cuban

The billionaire serial entrepreneur and investor works out at least an hour a day nearly every day. He mixes it up, alternating among aerobics classes, basketball, kickboxing and elliptical training.