FYI: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Matt McGorry Is Super Buff

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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.

#TBT to the one and only bodybuilding show I ever did (and won) 5 years ago. After a few years of competing in powerlifting I decided to do a bodybuilding competition to see how far I could push my body and how much I could test my will. For those who don't know, powerlifting is about how much weight you can lift and bodybuilding is judged based on the way you look. To date, the bodybuilding show was the hardest thing I've ever done. After 4 months of working out 10-15 hours a week, cooking and weighing all of my food and carrying it with me in containers everywhere, I lost 40lbs and got down to 5.5% bodyfat by the time I stepped on to the stage. I did this whole prep through Thanksgiving, New Years, and Christmas, and never had a single drop of alcohol or bite of food that wasn't on my plan. It was definitely the best shape I've ever been in, but also the most miserable I've ever been. I was perpetually tired, hungry and cranky. I was antisocial and felt unbelievably isolated from the rest of the world. 2 weeks later, I did my final powerlifting competition and deadlifted 501lbs while weighing 165lbs. I'm happy that I had the experience of testing myself but am so much happy to trade a balanced life, eating and workout schedule for less abs. That is, until I get a call for an acting project that warrants it. Minus the tanning of course. And the posing trunks. 😉

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“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.