TV's Fittest Guys
David Boreanaz of Bones and Omar Eps of House
DAVID BOREANAZ, 38 [ BONES ]
Between his star-making turn as a vampire on Buffy (and its spin- off, Angel) and taking a bite out of crime as an FBI agent on FOX's Bones, David Boreanaz added another role to his résumé: Men's Fitness cover model, in September 2005.
How do you get fit for this role?
I usually tone up with core- strength workouts. I do them four times a week with a trainer I've been with for about five years now; his name is Andre Hudson. He puts me through a rigorous course incorporating cardio with strength training. I also maintain a pretty strict diet and workout program, because you're constantly in a pool of people around you for other roles, so you always have to be ready. I work out mostly for my health, but for creative purposes, it helps me get the engines rolling in the morning.
Filming Bones is so involved. How do you find time to get fit?
I work out in the morning, before my call time. So if I have a 7 a.m., I'm in the gym at 6 a.m. for my hourlong workout. As it gets into the week, the workouts usually get pushed back, but as long as I get three or four in a week, I'm fine.
What's the most physically demanding?
I maintain a pretty strict diet and workout program because you're always in the pool for other roles, so you have to be constantly ready. I work out for my health, and creative performances for what I do, it helps me get the engines rolling in the morning.
Are you a TV watcher?
My favorite show is The Office, if I had to pick one show on television. I watch a lot of American Movie Classics and Turner classics, and a lot of sports center and the NFL network.
A film called, Our Lady of Victory. It takes place in Philadelphia in 1972, I play Ed Rush who was a real NBA Official, and so I had to be in shape for that. And that's it; I'm working on the show now.
OMAR EPPS, 34 [HOUSE]
Unlike other McDoctors and their soap-operatic hospital affairs, Dr. Eric Foreman keeps the focus on medicine. The actor beneath the white coat stays focused on fitness; he even conducted his MF interview from the gym. And he's not just built like an athlete, he often plays one on the screen: The Program (running back), Major League II, Higher Learning (sprinter), and Love & Basketball.
Any daily fitness rituals?
Right now, I'm doing five-day- a-week workouts, for about an hour and a half to two hours. I try to do them in the morning. It just varies—Mondays and Wednesdays, upper body, and Tuesdays and Thursdays, lower body. Friday is just a general workout: at least a half hour of cardio, then machines and free weights.
With all the McDoctors on the small screen, is it a pressure to be fit as a TV Doctors.
No nothing they ask me to do for the role, I'm in the gym now actually. As the schedule gets more hectic, it's harder to maintain. I like to stay fit as much as I can.
Do you work with a trainer?
I don't. I've done so many sports films in my life, I have about 50 different regimens. Right now I am doing the platinum workout, which is LL Cool's J's workout.
Are you into the Flax Seed Oil, I know LL swears by it?
I use something called magma plus, which is an all-natural green food, and I make a fruit shake in the mornings, and I have a multi-vitamin. I don't do to many amino acids, flax seeds and all that stuff. That's like real specific stuff when you're going for a certain look.
You've played a lot of athletes in your career, what's your proudest fitness achievement off-screen?
You may have to ask me that when I hit 40. Obviously getting in shape for each film, like Against The Ropes and The Program was pretty intense, but personally I don't really compete in anything, I have bench-pressed 240lbs one time, that was pretty cool.
How do you find the time to work out?
That's the secret—I don't know yet. I'm always doing calisthenics in my trailer, 250 pushups or situps. I'm thinking of even taking up yoga this year.