Mario Lopez, the multi-faceted TV star, author and family man is known today for far more than the iconic role as a child star in popular television series Saved by the Bell and his toned six-pack that made him famous. The phenom shared how he achieves fitness goals when we spoke with him for the May/June cover story, and shared a few secrets for you to reach your goals too.

Q: What is a 15-minute workout you would recommend to our members?

A: A quick workout I would recommend besides a jog would be to do a circuit training with push-ups, squats, burpees and sit-ups or crunches. You don’t need any weights, and you can do it in your living room while watching TV.

Q: How do you mix up your workouts to stay fresh?

A: I like to keep my muscles guessing. If the day is nice, I try to go for a run, a hike or a swim. If not, take a class. Personally, I like to box; that’s how I mix it up.

Q: How do you balance strength training vs. cardio training?

A: I like to pick either strength training or cardio for each day.  I don’t lift as many weights as I used to back in the day – you get older, and it is hard on your joints, but I still do it because it’s important. For cardio, I am always doing cardio because I like the feeling of breaking a sweat.

Q: How do you stay motivated to work out and how would you motivate someone just beginning a workout plan?

A: It becomes addicting; I like the way it makes me feel, and I motivate myself. For someone beginning a workout plan, I would suggest getting a partner to motivate one another. That way you can push one another when one of you is feeling extra motivated and vice-versa.

Q: What is your ultimate goal for total well-being? 

A: Don’t be a calorie counter and try to stay away from junk during the week; that way I have something to look forward to for the weekend, and I try to break a sweat every day.