Fittest Execs: Male Under 45 winner, Richard Muller

Winning Fittest Execs for the third time in his age category, Muller continues to make physical fitness an integral part of his life. He works out at least five times each week in the gym and runs the trail around Lake Hefner.

His gym routine includes a combination of free weights, cardio and circuit training.

“I have two other workout partners that I work out with during the week. This helps me stay accountable throughout the week,” he says. “I usually prefer to run alone, but sometimes if I’m training for a race, I will have a running partner on my long-distance runs.”

But working out for Muller is more than a way to look and feel great. He has a family history of high blood pressure and high cholesterol that he strives to avoid.

“I want to try and stay as healthy as I can for as long as I can without the need for any medical interventions,” he says.

Part of staying healthy is eating healthy. Muller sticks with a daily diet that includes things like Greek yogurt with fruit and coffee in the morning and a sandwich and chips with salsa midday. For his evening meal, he opts for lean meats with vegetables. Snacks throughout the day include almonds, string cheese or fruit, and he stays hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

“I usually drink a lot of water throughout the day,” he says. “I keep a 32-ounce water bottle with me at work, and I try to drink at least two of those per day.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who doesn’t work out but wants to start?

I would tell them to start simple, make small goals, stay consistent and don’t get discouraged.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I have several! I enjoy both bourbon and cold beer. I could also eat pizza three times a day every day of the week.

Runner-up

Stuart Weaver, 31

VICE PRESIDENT, BRANCH MANAGER

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Weaver’s love of sports and fitness began in his youth, playing T-ball. Since then, he has been active in a number of sports. In 2011, he added running and marathons to stay fit. The challenge to run a marathon came from a coworker. Never one to run on a treadmill, he hit the streets and never looked back.

“I never really enjoyed running for exercise,” he says.

“That all changed during the training process for the marathon when, at some point, I began to enjoy being outdoors and running.”

He now not only runs but participates in triathlons including swimming, biking and running.

When he’s not out running for exercise, Weaver enjoys visiting the YMCA to swim and take spin and body pump classes. Five nights a week at home, he and his wife exercise to a video series called T-25.

One thing that helps him stay fit is his diet. About 95% of the time, his food is vegan.

“My normal day consists of a lot of fruits, whole grains, quinoa, veggies, hummus and nuts or granola,” he says. “I drink mostly water but enjoy about one iced coffee w/ soy a day and probably one cup of tea every other day or so.”

Recently, he has gotten into endurance sports. “I’m relatively new to endurance sports such as marathons and triathlons, so I’m not a rock star by any means, but I have enjoyed seeing myself accomplish things that four years ago I would have never thought possible,” he says.

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