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Jayson Blair Interview: Getting Fit for Revealing Roles

Find out how star of NBC's The New Normal keeps his abs camera ready.

In NBC's new hit sitcom, The New Normal, actor Jayson Blair plays a cheating husband who kicks off his role on the series half-naked, mid-thrust, hooking up with a scantily clad women who isn't his wife.

His wardrobe—or lack thereof—didn't change much in the second and third episodes...which means that this 28-year-old actor has to spend quite a lot of a screen time showing off of his body. That means staying in top physical form is all part of a day's work.  

You may remember Jayson from MTV's The Hard Times of RJ Berger as the cocky jock, who also frequently flaunted his killer abs. If you're going to play characters known for lean, muscular bodies, you probably have some serious fitness secrets to stay camera-ready.

We wanted the inside track on how to get fit on demand, so we connected with Jayson to find out what he does to stays in top physical form, and ways he's been known to cheat—on his diet.

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MF: What kind of training do you do for the roles you’ve been playing, like the confident jock on Hard Times of RJ Berger or the frequently shirtless boyfriend in The New Normal?

Jayson: I’ve been with the same trainer since the second season of Hard Times of RJ Berger. Between seasons and shows, I'll let myself do things like drink beer and eat burgers and I don't really work out as much. But when I need to get back in shape quickly, I start back with my trainer three days a week, take yoga and do a little cardio on my own. I also start focusing on my nutrition and eating clean again. 

So when you’re not working, do you let yourself go?

Absolutely. Not totally gone, but quite a bit.

How do you stay in shape when you are constantly on and off the set?

The most important thing is being prepared. The biggest problem people have when they are trying to change their body is being caught off-guard...and when you’re not prepared you overeat or you grab the wrong things because they are available, and you're starving. My dad always brought a cooler to work every day, and I’d used to say “Who the hell brings a cooler to work?” And now I'm that guy. I bring food with me everywhere I go. You can catch me walking to acting class with my cooler. I go to work with my cooler. 

Would you ever gain weight for a role?

I would, absolutely. That would actually be great for two reasons. First, if I were willing to gain weight for a role, that means I'd have landed a role of a lifetime. And second—I love to eat! I would probably have to eat a lot of food to get to bigger in a short period of time, and getting to load up on all of my favorites would be fantastic. Of course, It’s easier to put on than take off, but it can be really easy to take off if you stick to a program.

If you weren’t playing confident characters who are constantly disrobing, do you think your personal fitness regime would be different?

Yeah, it wouldn’t be nearly as intense. When I'm not shooting, I work out roughly eight times per month...and I would just do more yoga, not a lot of crazy weights, and just full-body exercises. Regardless of whether or not I'm shooting, there’s a certain weight that I don’t let myself go above. And I'm ok with being a little softer, but not totally soft. 

So you like yoga. What would you say to men who think yoga is not very manly?

You have to get over the whole ego and mental block because yoga is so good for the entire body, from the inside out. It only supplements your workout. Your muscles are going to get leaner and longer, you’re going to look more toned. Your posture will get better. It'll make your body so much more evolved than just weightlifting can do. People need to look past that.

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