Shemar Moore's Love-Hate Relationship With This Workout Helps Him Stay Jacked

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Shemar Moore, the veteran TV actor currently starring in CBS' S.W.A.T. as lead character Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson, loves his trainer. But he also hates his trainer.

The fitness pro in question, Jon Aranita, helps Moore maintain a complicated relationship with his workout plan. When the MH crew caught up with the actor at Aranita's In Training gym in Los Angeles, the pair had a challenging upper body-focused routine dialed up to push Moore to his limits—even at 51 years old. The to the program key is training like an athlete, with heavy weights and plenty of movement.

"I'm looking to be a soccer player mixed with a boxer," he says. "That's what looks best on TV, that's what makes me feel good in life."

Moore uses a well-balanced program to achieve that goal, mixing cardiovascular-focused work with plenty of heavy lifting and cross training for good measure. But he knows that's only part of the equation to achieve his aesthetic ideal.

"Don't get it twisted, whatever you do in the gym—I don't care how far you run or how heavy you lift—getting lean and mean starts in the kitchen with your diet," says Moore. "If you're diet ain't right, you're going to drive yourself crazy in the gym. You might get a little stronger, but you're not going to get prettier." Last time Moore shared about the topic, he told MH he eats four to five meals a day, primarily egg whites, chicken, lean red meat, and fish to hit a target of 200 to 300 grams of protein per meal.

Photo credit: Men's Health
Photo credit: Men's Health

Give Moore's workout a try for a solid upper body session—but don't be afraid to scale as needed to your abilities. Not many guys over 50 train this hard.

Shemar Moore's Upper Body Love-Hate Workout

Weight Lifting

  • Bench Press

4 sets of 6 to 8 reps

  • Explosion Pushups

10 to 20 reps

  • Cable Crossover

3 sets of 10 to 15 reps

  • Military Barbell Press

3 sets of 10 to 15 reps

  • Rope Triceps Extension

3 sets of 10 to 12 reps

  • Alternating Biceps Curls

3 sets of 10 to 12 reps

  • Dips

3 sets of 10 to 12 reps

Circuit Training

  • Battle Ropes

3 sets of 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off

  • Tire Flips

3 sets of 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off

  • Tire Hammer/Hammer Throws

3 sets of 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off

  • Speed Bag

  • Jump Rope

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