Tim McGraw is one of the few country artists that first broke through to superstardom in the ’90s and still finds himself topping the country charts with regularity. His run of hits just doesn’t stop, and you can bet it will land him in the Country Music Hall of Fame someday.

So, how does Tim keep it going while the careers of so many other stars have fallen by the wayside over the years? His talent for picking great songs to sing definitely plays into it, but Tim credits his crazy workout regimen with giving him the focus to stay on top of his game.

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He tells, “Ten years ago when I really started trying to get myself in good shape, I noticed it raised the bar on everything that I did it: my career, my family life, my alertness. It changed my whole attitude about everything that I do. Finding good habits turned into better habits, and finding better habits turned into really, really, really great habits. I think it’s made my career stronger and certainly has given me more longevity.”

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When he’s on tour, Tim travels with a tractor-trailer full of gym equipment where he and his band mates spend an hour or more a day working out. That time together builds them up as a team and helps them communicate about the live show on a much deeper level.

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“Some of our best ideas about the show come during our workouts,” Tim says. “It’s a direct translation to what we do onstage. When you’re out there with a team and you’re pushing each other to work hard in the afternoon, you do the same thing when you’re onstage together.”

You can see the results of those workout brainstorming sessions on Tim’s current tour with wife Faith Hill. “The Soul 2 Soul 2017 World Tour” rolls into Chicago this weekend.

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Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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