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Dad & ballet star John Lam on why he keeps a bathrobe on his nightstand

This post is part of a series of Queerty interviews with models, trainers, dancers, and, well, people who inspire us to stay in shape–0r just sit on the couch ogling them instead.

Name: John Lam, 34

City: Boston, MA

Occupation: Principal dancer with the Boston Ballet

Favorite Gym: Equinox

Favorite Exercise Playlist: Depends on my mood and what I’m working for, but typically a shuffle play of trance/house, which helps with the repetitive beats to get that extra push or, some Sia.

Related: Nashville trainer Steven Shupe on how to reject shame and learn to love your body

Favorite Workout Food: I typically go for a light protein with a mix of sugar, banana and peanut butter is my go-to!

Favorite Workout Outfit: Everyday work out I go to my under armor shorts and jogger pants with a tank top and sweatshirt over and a baseball cap. I love layering which helps me sweat even more. And the cap to keep my hair out of my face and let others know not to come and have a chat. I like to get lost in my workouts and focus on what I need to do: sculpting that bod. And of course always a speedo for pool days!

How do you balance staying in shape and having fun?
Being a principal dancer, dad to two kids and husband, I’m always having fun along the way. Choices to eat certain foods are my strict go-to to help keep calories down and protein up.

What’s a basic, if useful, work out tip you can offer?

Get your heart rate up. We get stuck in bodybuilding, and my go too is to always get your rate up, be is swimming, biking, running, stairs, class work. Get that heart rate up and sustain it.

What do you keep on your nightstand?
Bathrobe. Easy way to put on and off when kids are around or taking off when hubby is around.