Leadership

Alex Rodriguez shares the morning routine that sets him up for success

Alex Rodriguez packs a lot into one day. After 22 seasons with the MLB, the baseball legend is now focusing on growing A-ROD CORP, the holding company he started 15 years ago for his investments.

He's a Fox Sports analyst, filming a new CNBC show, "Back in the Game" and will become the first Hispanic shark on ABC's "Shark Tank" this fall. Plus, he's a full-time dad.

Rodriguez, 42, recently shared the morning routine that sets him up for success. It's changed quite a bit since hanging up his Yankees jersey in 2016, he tells CNBC Make It: "When you're playing baseball, you're basically having your largest meal at midnight after the game. You're going to sleep around 1:30 a.m. and you're waking up around 10:30 a.m."

From then, each day was very methodical: "Usually at that time, I would go to the gym, get a workout, ride the bike, get a good stretch, get some PT soft tissue work on my body, go down for a nap, wake up for lunch and then I would go drive to the Bronx to Yankee Stadium and do it all over again.

"We did that 200 times in 232 days."

Today, Rodriguez is in bed by 9 p.m. and up at 6 a.m. After driving his nine- and 12-year-old daughters to school, which he uses as time to teach them money and business lessons, "the first thing I like to do is get a workout in to get my mind going a bit, get my body going," he says.

He's not the only successful person to start the day with a workout: Self-made billionaire Richard Branson wakes up around 5 a.m. to exercise, which he claims boosts his productivity. Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey's morning routine also involves waking up at 5 a.m. to meditate and work out.

Next, "I make all my calls, do a bunch of emails and then I usually get to the office every day around 12 [noon]," says Rodriguez.

As for breakfast, "I'm a pretty boring guy. I'm very routine-oriented … so for me, it's egg whites, oatmeal, coffee and sometimes I do a little fruit."

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