Having millions of social media followers, Toddy Smith has achieved great success since finishing third in Season 4 of CMT’s dating series, Sweet Home Alabama.
As a model, actor, prankster, and vlogger, Smith became immensely popular on Vine and now has over five million followers on platforms like TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram. Lately, the Huntington Beach native, who has collaborated with brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, has been focusing more on his fitness content. He is now sharing one of his staple workouts.
Unlike many social media fitness influencers, Smith works hard both in front of and behind the camera. He chooses to break a sweat with demanding SAQ (speed, agility, and quickness) drill workouts.
“A part of me is outgoing and confident, but another part of me is insecure and unsure,” Smith tells M&F. “Social media really brings out both sides. It takes confidence to put yourself out there, whether it’s posting a short story on Instagram, releasing a song, or just admitting to yourself that you have a goal and are working toward it. But when that story bombs, or a song doesn’t resonate, and that goal slips out of reach, it’s tough not to feel insecure.” Fortunately, Smith has built up his confidence levels through working out. “I’m able to see how much value it adds to my everyday life,” he says. “It puts me in a state of flow—like meditation—but sweatier! It keeps me mentally and physically sharp, and it’s just like this awesome cheat code for life!”
Smith regularly posts fitness content on his social media platforms, sharing his “cheat code.” While he takes his own health and fitness seriously, he also loves to travel and indulge in treats from time to time. Due to his balanced approach, Smith is relatable and makes his videos fun without “preaching” to the masses. He enjoys hiking and hot yoga, but when it comes to a quick and intense blast, Smith chooses speed, quickness, and agility drills.
Why should you consider SAQ drill workouts?
Incorporating SAQ drills into your weekly fitness routine is a great way to switch things up and avoid boredom. You will be training in a functional way, building on everyday movements, and these workouts are suitable for any fitness level since you can set your own pace. There’s a reason why athletes train with SAQ drills, and it’s not just for the cardiovascular benefits. Drills can improve coordination, speed, and strength. As you increase the pace and undertake high-intensity interval training, you’ll force the body to adapt in ways that improve your stamina and ability to perform, making it an ideal exercise for goal setting. Plus, drills are great for time efficiency, putting those bursts of epic effort to great use. What’s not to love?
Toddy Smith’s morning SAQ drill workout
Living so close to the beach, Smith prefers to perform this workout in the mornings. All you need is an open space, a training ladder, and some cones. But if you don’t have those, set the boundaries with your imagination! While Smith loves to connect with people on his various platforms, he also enjoys making his offline workouts a social affair. He meets up with friends to motivate and push each other through this challenging circuit.
During this workout, you will be sharpening your mind as well as your body with different combinations of moves either through the ladder, around a box, or via random football routes. “I need to challenge myself,” says Smith. “I need to be huffing and puffing!”
Toddy Smith Social Media SAQ Workout
1 Mile Jog / Run
- Ladder Drills (1 Set of each)
- Single foot in each step
- Hop from step to step
- Step both feet into each square before moving on
- Jumping Jacks (2 feet inside, 2 feet outside)
- Lateral Steps
- Lateral Carioca Steps
- Box Runs (1 Set of each)
- Side Shuffles
- Backward Run
To finish up the workout, Smith and his friends take turns calling random football routes to each other, forcing them to change direction, alter the tempo, and work on their flexibility to complete each route. He tells M&F that he’s always looking for new ways to make his workouts fun and loves to run against the resistance of a parachute or walk through the sand on his hands. One thing is for sure, you’ll never be bored working out with Toddy Smith. “I want to be healthy, feel good, and ideally not look worse and worse with every birthday,” he says. “It’s my rebellion against biology!”
For further fitness inspiration, follow Toddy on YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram.