“Beer In Mexico” Star Kenny Chesney Doesn’t Drink While On Tour

Kenny Chesney is famous for his laidback beachin’ and drinkin’ songs, so it might surprise you to know that he avoids the ale while out on the road.

While he’s singing “the sun and the sand and a drink in my hand with no bottom” or “I just sit right here and have another beer in Mexico,” Chesney’s daily life does not include drinking. That’s how he’s managed to stay in such great shape and keep pace with his hectic touring schedules over the years.

“I felt better on stage than I’ve ever felt this past summer,” Chesney told GQ. “I wasn’t feeding my body negative things. I wasn’t killing myself in the gym, but working real hard when there. When I was 27, I didn’t have to make those decisions. Now I do.” The main decision? “If anything takes away from me being able to do that, it’s not in my life anymore.” (http://www.gq.com/story/kenny-chesney-the-fittest-man-in-country-music)

Chesney told GQ the two things that have helped him reach his healthy are a brand new treadmill and cutting out the beer while on tour. Plus, he keeps a pretty strict routine and diet during those weeks.

From the GQ article:


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Three days of intense morning workouts. “I wasn’t lifting heavy to try to gain size,” he says. “I was trying to lean down and gain flexibility.” On Wednesday afternoon, he flies out to wherever his show is, leading to…

Thursday : The hard Cardio Day, including the Curve. “We worked at keeping my heart rate up. When I left the gym, I was still burning calories.”

Friday : Thanks to setup and soundcheck, Friday counts as a day off. But he still finds time to hit a local gym, and (usually) not get noticed. “I’ll do that by myself—I can walk between the raindrops pretty good. But if we’re in a small market and there’s only one gym, that can be tougher.”

Saturday : Light cardio in the morning, and then the 150-minute sprint of a show. Chesney has yet to track the number of calories he burns every performance— “There’s gotta be a way to measure it with all these gadgets we have now, but I’ve never done it,” he says—but aside from flying to the stage on a chair suspended over the audience, he doesn’t stop moving.

Sunday : The flight home, and rewards in the form of a cheat meal when he gets there. (More on that below.)


“I load up on carbs early. I don’t eat any after 5:00, whether on or off the road.” The key, he says, is developing a pattern, but he admits to it not being an easy pattern. “I’m an emotional eater. We all are. I was brought up not eating this way. And when you have that kind of focus on your diet, there’s no social life (laughs). Your friends, your girlfriend, everybody wants to go out and have drinks. But when you’re on this kind of specific diet, you look kind of weird when you go to a restaurant and bring your dinner with you, because it has to be measured.” No, seriously, he did that once. “Even if you order something really healthy, nine times out of ten it’s full of salt, and stuff you would not make at your house. And I don’t want to ask the waiter if everything’s made of coconut oil. That’s weird.”

Breakfast : Five scrambled egg whites in coconut oil (plus one real egg, for the fat), with jalapeños, tomatoes, sweet peppers, and cilantro. He’ll also have a fist-sized portion of fruit. After his morning workout, he’ll down a Quest Bar.

Lunch : Salmon or chicken, steamed vegetables, small portion of brown rice.

Dinner : Salmon or chicken (whichever wasn’t for lunch); extra portion of vegetables; cucumbers and tomatoes.

Snacks : “If I get hungry, I’ll eat some raw almonds now and then. It’s fat, but it’s good fat.”

After the show : “Instead of eating pizza and drinking beer, like I used to do 15 years ago, I’ll mix two scoops of chocolate protein powder in water—not a protein shake with a lot of carbs, just pure protein. When I’m in the zone, that’s my fourth meal of the day.”

Sunday night’s cheat meal: When Chesney gets back home after a show, he’ll dig into Italian or Mexican. “It helps you mentally. You have to allow yourself time to get away. I do anyway. I grew up in an area where everything revolves around food.” Even his cheat meals still don’t have bread, but the payoff comes on show night: “Once you feel that kind of love coming at you, it makes not eating bread worth it.” (http://www.gq.com/story/kenny-chesney-the-fittest-man-in-country-music)


Cheers to that, Chesney. See you in June!!

Amie Winters

Amie Winters

Amie Winters recently traded in a nearly 10-year career in television broadcasting to join the amazing crew at Chippewa Valley Music Festivals. She's thrilled to be a part of the team bringing you the best fests in the Midwest!