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The Covert Affairs Workout
Train Like a TV Government Agent
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Christopher Gorham, the 37-year old actor who brings Anderson to life on USA Network’s white-knuckle spy thriller Covert Affairs (Search: When is Covert Affairs on?), had virtually nothing in common with Auggie when the show launched in 2010.
“When I got the job, I’d just done a film where the director forbade me from going to the gym for months because he wanted me skinny and a little pudgy,” says Gorham. “But Auggie’s one of the best, most highly-trained soldiers our military has to offer. He has to be fit, man. So I dove into it—even though I hate running, hate cardio, and love carbs. Sometimes you have to suffer for your art.” (Want to try a cutting-edge fitness system that will melt your fat, torch your calories, and sculpt every single muscle in your body? Try Speed Shred, the new follow-along DVD series from Men’s Health.)
Working with a trainer who had previously whipped Hollywood actors into Spartan shape for the gladiator flick 300, Gorham turned his lump of clay into a well-chiseled physique in just six weeks, landing on several “sexiest men on TV” lists. “That’s ridiculous,” he says, “but nice.” In his own words, here’s how Gorham became the indestructible Anderson, a lethal weapon in and of himself.
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