FYI: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Matt McGorry Is Super Buff
Who knew there was a six pack hiding underneath that police uniform?
Matt McGorry, who plays correctional officer John Bennett on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, is dishing about his buff bod in his latest interview with Details. Once a body builder and personal trainer in his past life, the actor says he started hitting the gym after realizing he couldn’t do a single push-up when he was in the eighth grade.
Since then, he’s been working out non-stop. (And yeah, it definitely shows!)
“In college, I wanted to be huge. I knew that I wanted to be a trainer. When I did powerlifting and bodybuilding, I cooked, weighed, and measured everything. I carried Tupperware everywhere. I didn’t eat anything that wasn’t on my plan. “I used a program called carb cycling. You’re consuming a lot more carbohydrates, less fat and protein to fuel the training, and on the days where I was just doing cardio, my carbs would drop low and the protein and fat would increase to help burn fat. It’s a miserable process but is also quite effective at getting results,” he says.
“I never stopped going to the gym. The longest I’ve ever taken off since I was 14 was two weeks. I go four to five days a week. I’ll lift twice a week. And then I’ll do intervals twice a week, typically on the treadmill.”
Though he’s “highly disciplined,” McGorry admits he’s been slacking a bit given his busy acting schedule.
“I’m working toward looking at exercise as a feel-good thing, but I haven’t quite gotten there yet. I’m still finding that balance,” he says. “I do love to eat. I’ll have the sloppy joes with no bun and put some vegetables in there, and maybe two hours later when we wrap, I’ll be in the craft-services truck throwing back three ice-cream sandwiches.”
And we’ll be here drooling over his shirtless photos.