Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has recently bagged a gold and silver medal at his first Brazilian Jiu-jitsu competition, on May 6, 2023, in Redwood City, California. While the tech CEO can’t do much about the harmful presence of social media addiction, he proved he has serious grappling skills.
In a new post that he shared on Facebook and Instagram, Zuckerberg can be shown boasting his combat skills thanks to his training with MMA fighter Khai Wu and the Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu team. Other images show a referee declaring Zuckerberg victories after two matches.
The tech tycoon has previously spoken about how exercise is a substantial part of his daily routine as it helps him to cope with the pressures of his job. In addition to combat sports, he’s also a big fan of water sports. Let’s find out how fitness has taken Mark Zuckerberg to a whole new level of consciousness and capabilities.
Who is Mark Zuckerberg?
Mark Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984, and is the co-founder and CEO of Meta, formerly known as Facebook. Zuckerberg started Facebook at Harvard in 2004 at the age of 19 for students to match names with photos of classmates. According to Forbes, Zuckerberg’s net worth is about $93.3 billion in 2023.
Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard after his sophomore year to focus on developing Facebook. In 2012, Facebook went public and became the most successful initial public offering (IPO) in history when it raised $16 billion. He became the youngest CEO on the Fortune 500 list in 2013.
Later on, Meta acquired dozens of companies, including WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and shares in 2014, Oculus VR for $2 billion in 2014, Instagram for $1 billion in 2012, and many more companies ranging from artificial intelligence to identification technologies.
Today, Mark Zuckerberg has become one of the richest people on earth, having created and invested in some of the biggest disruptive technologies in recent history. At this stage in his career, the public has begun to pick up on his impressive martial arts skills which has taken off on a life of its own.
Mark Zuckerberg Jiu Jitsu
The Meta CEO shared the remarkable news with his Facebook and Instagram followers along with photos of him grappling with opponents on the ground and posing with his coaches. After winding gold and winning silver medals in his first-ever jiu-jitsu tournament. Connor McGregor chimed into the comment section: “Yo!!! f******* awesome Mark!”
Zuckerberg began studying mixed martial arts during the pandemic through surfing friends who also practiced jiu-jitsu, when he found his coach, Dave Camarillo. Very quickly, Mark fell in love with the sport.
During his recent appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, he said, “After an hour or two of working out or rolling or wrestling with friends or training with different folks, now I’m ready to go solve whatever problem at work for the day”.
Zuckerberg, 39 has been training Brazillian jiu-jitsu for about one year under Dave Camarillo. “He’s an extremely hard worker, as everybody knows,” Camarillo said. A lot of people have a business and they’re successful with the monetary side of life, however, they rarely dip into the physical side, especially something like jiu-jitsu and MMA, and have the same amount of success.
Mark Zuckerberg Training Routine
The Silicon Valley titan Mark Zuckerberg has revealed his strenuous workout challenge to mark Memorial Day in honor of fallen soldiers. “I try to do the Murph challenge with the girls every Memorial Day as a tradition to honor those who defended us,” he wrote on Facebook.
Zuckerberg took on the grueling ‘Murph Challenge’ workout which involves the following exercises while wearing a 20 lbs weight vest:
- 1-mile run
- 100 pull-ups
- 200 push-ups
- 300 bodyweight squats
- 1-mile run
“This year I got it done in 39:58,” Zuckerberg wrote. “The girls did a quarter Murph (unweighted) in 15 mins!”
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On the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Zuckerberg said he does an hour or more of exercise each morning to handle the stress of his role as CEO of Meta. Zuckerberg likes exercises “that require full focus.” He added, “I used to run a lot but the problem with running is you can think a lot”.
“What’s a thing that’s both super engaging physically, but also intellectually, where you can’t afford to focus on something else? MMA is the perfect thing because if you stop paying attention for one second, you’re going to end up on the bottom,” he said. We can see that Zuckerberg mainly practices calisthenics movements such as pull-ups, push-ups, squats, and grappling work.
Mark Zuckerberg Diet
In 2011, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg called himself a vegetarian but set a “personal challenge” for himself to only eat meat from animals he has killed. From lobsters, chickens, pigs, and goats.
Zuckerberg has reportedly gone back to eating meat he didn’t personally kill, and on Facebook, he “likes” Mcdonald’s and In-Out Burger. Much like his dedication to wearing the same outfit each day, the billionaire has a no-frills approach to breakfast. He simply eats “whatever” he fancies before getting on with his day.
From simple ingredients to exotic tastes, his food choices are a combination of taste and health.
Here are some of Zuckerberg’s favorite dishes that he shared on social media.
- Grilled chicken
- BBQ ribs
- Toast with peanut butter
Overall, Mark Zuckerberg’s diet emphasizes eating high-quality whole foods as much as possible. He prioritizes eating a diet that is both sustainable and healthy. “I try to eat mostly plant-based meals and no meat generally, but occasionally ill have some meat if it’s cooked right.”
Mark Zuckerberg Weight
Mark Zuckerberg weighs around 70kg (154 lbs).
The Takeaways: Mark Zuckerberg’s Workout
Mark Zuckerberg is a great example of someone who looks unassuming but turns out he’s a badass “nerd assassin” as Joe Rogan affectionately calls him. The Meta CEO is an intellectual who is extraordinary in his field and is now learning to become skilled in combat.
Many of us make an excuse for not having “enough time” in a day for a workout. We live in a stressful world where most problems are stacked against us. What we can learn from Mark Zuckerberg, who works between 50-60 hours per week, is that everyone should be active for “an hour or two” daily.
Training can help you to stay energetic and focused for the rest of the day. If you feel you need that guidance with your training and nutrition so that you’ll be ready to go solve whatever problem at work for the day, then book a 15-minute consultation with our coach today to come up with a blueprint for how you can level up.
I’m Pat Chadwick, a qualified Level 2 and Level 3 calisthenics coach and athlete from London, England, with six years of experience. I’ve competed in various UK competitions, including the Kalos Stenos Championships, where I achieved third place in the lightweight category. My passion is highlighting the beauty of calisthenics as an authentic and pure form of body expression. I believe that everyone has the potential to become a champion of their body and mind, and that calisthenics opens the door to personal empowerment.