My healthy: Franco Noriega

The pro athlete-turned-chef shares his wellness essentials

Previously a professional swimmer (he qualified for the 2004 Athens Olympics, but was injured before they began), Franco Noriega pursued acting before a change of heart pushed him to enroll in culinary school. Today he’s best known for his New York City restaurantBaby Brasa, which offers dishes like organic roasted chicken flavored with traditional Peruvian spices. And the former competitive athlete also keeps up his fitness. “I work out at Equinox five to six times a week,” says Noreiga. “I normally choose one body part and go from there: shoulders on Monday, chest on Tuesday, and so on. I really get obsessed with working specific parts of my body and seeing results.” Here, he shares the picks that keep him on top of his game.

Portraits: courtesy of Franco Noriega

bustin boards mission mini 36 bamboo hybrid

“Part of my fitness routine is my commute: I go everywhere by skateboard.”
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apple cider vinegar and green tea

“As soon as I wake up, I have a glass of apple cider vinegar and green tea on an empty stomach. It’s a great way to start your day because it gives you antioxidants and a boost of energy.”

new balance tcs new york city marathon collection

“This is my go-to running gear. It combines tech and fashion and is practical for living in the city and being constantly on-the-go.”
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popcorn indiana sea salt popcorn

“This is my favorite snack. It’s rich in fiber and keeps me full.”
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vegetable juice

“I normally have a juice with beet, carrot, and ginger. Especially in the winter when we get very little sun, I find the keratin from the carrots really helps keep my skin healthy.”

epsom salt

“For regeneration, I take baths with Epsom salt twice a week, especially after leg workouts. I like the water to be really hot and sometimes I’ll add essential oils such as lavender and rosemary, or tangerine and jasmine.”
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perform better ankle straps

“These are the best for ab workouts. I use them for knee-to-chest exercises.”
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