An interview with the 27-year-old Olympian about fitness, food, and the rote monotony of training life in preparation for the Games in Rio

When I spoke to elite gymnast Paul Ruggeri, he was on the way to the gym from eating. A lot of Ruggeri’s life—especially now as he redoubles his energies to focus on the Olympic Games in Rio—is spent either eating or at the gym. In fact, if you’re one of Ruggeri’s 45,000 Instagram followers and you’re wondering how he gets so damn ripped, we hate to break it to you, but it’s pretty much a full-time job. As the 27-year-old—who currently lives in Denver at an official Olympic Training Center, as he has since 2013—prepares to compete in Rio later this year, we caught up with him to talk fitness, food, and his increasingly famous tattoos.


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