Jim Parsons isn’t a nerd—he just plays one on TV.
The actor has done such a standout job playing Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, giving a pitch-perfect, multiple Emmy Award-winning portrayal of the theoretical physicist with an aversion to physical activity and sarcasm, that many fans may see Parsons and Cooper as the same person.
Well, prepare to have that notion shattered.
Like many other ultra-ripped celebrity stars, Parsons is very dedicated to keeping himself in shape, working out with celebrity/athletic trainer Ben Bruno to make it happen. (Bruno has worked with big names such as supermodel Kate Upton, Buffalo Sabres star Jack Eichel, actor Casey Affleck, models Nadine Leopold and Barbara Fialho, and NBA player Roy Hibbert.)
Here’s the latest examples of Parsons getting shredded in the gym—crushing rope pulls with a sled loaded up with 475 lbs:
Want to try out some of the moves Parsons uses? Check out this from Men's Fitness about why landmine twists are the single best exercise for core strength and stability. You can use them to build muscle in your core and get a rock-solid center.
Here, Parsons hits some barbell landmine squats with some weight loaded up on the bar:
I guess @therealjimparsons never got the memo that tall guys aren’t supposed to be good squatters. Very impressive. I love landmine squats because the arc of the bar helps encourage a posterior weight shift and helps to maintain an upright torso, which is particularly helpful for taller people who tend to fold forward when they squat. When you load it heavy, it also makes for an awesome core exercise. Onward and upward @donsaladino
Parsons can handle bigger weight, too.
The actor celebrated New Year’s Eve 2016 with a 725-lb sled push, with Bruno hanging out on top:
Want some more proof that Parsons gets at it in the gym?
Here he is pulling off one-armed sled rows with 400 lbs, and crushing 425-lb sled rows:
After crushing these 1-arm sled rows with 400 pounds, I'm trying to convince @therealjimparsons to wear a sleeveless tuxedo to the Oscars tonight 😂💪He makes it look easy, but make no mistake, this is very, very impressive. Let's hope that Hidden Figures wins "Best Picture" tonight! @donsaladino, next time you're in LA we should all train together and see if we can beat him 👍😜
Well it's official, @therealjimparsons (aka Sheldon) is a beast on the sled. Here he's crushing sled rows with 425 pounds and making it look easy. @donsaladino, he's a machine! As a point of reference, this is more weight than a lot of professional athletes I've trained, and we actually trained together during this workout and he moved the sled much more explosively than I did. He also demonstrates a great squat pattern for someone of his height. Very, very impressive stuff Jim!
Looking to add some muscle to your frame like Parsons? Check out these programs and tips from Men’s Fitness and get your body set for the beach: