You would never guess it by looking at his rock-hard body, but Matthew Morrison barely has any time to work out — he’s too busy shooting Glee!!
Matt’s trainer, Bernardo Coppola, says that he has laid out a compact yet challenging full-body workout to help Matt stay in shape.
Gleek your body with this workout!
Swiss-Ball Dumbbell Chest Press
Grab a set of dumbbells and a Swiss ball, placing the ball behind you. Sit on the Swiss ball with the dumbbells comfortably on your thighs. Slide over the ball until your back is supported by the ball. Press the dumbbells up toward the ceiling. Matt does 3 to 4 sets of 12 to 16 reps, says Coppola. “This is a great exercise, because not only you are working your chest, but also your balance and core.”
Hanging Leg Raise
Grab a chinup bar with an overhand, shoulder-width grip, and hang from the bar with your legs extended and feet together. Lift your legs up, passing your waist level, and then slowly lower your legs back to the starting position. Matt practices 3 to 4 sets of 10 to 12 reps, says Coppola. “This exercise works your abs, core, obliques and hips as well,” he says.
Grab an overhead bar with your hands slightly more than shoulder-width apart. From a dead hang, pull your body up until your chin is above the bar. Then lower your body slowly. “This exercise will give your back the ‘V’ shape,” says Coppola. Matthew does 4 sets of 8 to 10 reps, he says.
Rear Deltoids Dumbbell Flys
Start by grabbing two dumbbells. Bend over at the waist with your feet shoulder-width apart, bending your knees a bit to avoid injuring your lower back. Hold the dumbbells out with the palms of your hands facing each other and the elbows bent a bit, then use your rear deltoid and upper-back strength to raise the dumbbells back in an upwards semicircular arc, going as far as you can. Try to hold this position for 2 seconds. Now go back down to starting position and repeat. Matt does at least 3 to 4 sets of 12 reps, says Coppola.
For this exercise you’ll need a small medicine ball or dumbbell (Matt uses a medicine ball). Sit on the floor (or preferably a mat), grab the ball with both hands, and raise your legs off the floor, as you would in boat pose. Twist side to side, bringing the ball to the right side of the body and then over to the left. “While Matt is twisting side to side, he is always contracting his abs to concentrate only on his core and abs, and not his lower back,” says Coppola. Matt does this exercise for a minute and a half and repeats it 2 to 3 times.
[Image via Nikki Nelson/WENN.com.]
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Matthew Morrison and some of the other Glee cast spent yesterday instructing elementary school kids how to make musical instruments!
The volunteering is a result of a collaboration between Glee and American Express Education Through Music, a philanthropic organization that helps disadvantaged youth gain access to arts education.
This should be happening all the time! There are people that are less-fortunate than yourself, so try to give back either through volunteering or donations this holiday season!
[Image via Fox.]
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OMG we can't stop staring at those abs!!
We're declaring a new rule for Glee: Matthew Morrison has to be shirtless for the entirety of every show! LOL!
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This cover is unbelievably HAWT!! And Matthew Morrison gave a great interview about working on Glee. Here are some excerpts:
On working on Broadway:
“I definitely hooked up with a lot of girls when I was a young guy on Broadway. It was exciting. Very joyous and free.” But Morrison didn’t shed his inhibitions entirely. He joined a Bible-study group in college, and he didn’t lose his virginity until he was 21. Being perceived as a sex object confused him (and still does). “I’m not comfortable with the idea of my sex appeal, but I know in my job I have to use it. I wish I could say I got to this point in my career based on my talent, but I don’t think that’s true.”
On his co-stars:
“I am a teacher to them,” Morrison says of the younger castmates he refers to as “the kids.” “I’ve taken a few under my wing. I don’t want to say they idolize me, but…” he trails off, realizing how this might sound. He’s careful about what he says and wishes some of his colleagues were a little less publicity-driven. “Yeah, I find myself learning a lot from the set. I do look at stuff people on the show are doing, and I don’t judge them, but I question it. I say to myself, ‘Keep quiet.’ Fame … it’s like a handgun – in the wrong hands, it’s dangerous.”
“I’m not a good friend right now. I’m not a good boyfriend. It’s not that I’m selfish. I’m just focused.”
On paddle boarding for exercise:
“I got my own board. It’s a great core workout.”
On getting in tip-top shape for this photo shoot:
Morrison ate well and in the final few days used a trick Sue Sylvester pushed on her cheerleading squad: a sweet potato-only diet.
Well, looks like nothing will get done today — we'll be too busy staring at this photo!
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