Shooter star Ryan Phillippe is featured in the June 2017 issue of Men’s Fitness.
He earned a black belt in taekwondo at 11. Conquered Hollywood in Cruel Intentions at 24. Now, at 42, Shooter star Ryan Phillippe is launching an app that could change how people achieve their dreams of getting a body like, well, his.
Portraying an elite ex-Marine assassin on USA Network’s Shooter, Ryan Phillippe likes to perform his own stunts whenever possible, training in Muay Thai kickboxing and close-quarters combat, even learning to take out a target sixth-eighths of a mile away with a single-bolt sniper rifle.
But when it came to branching outside the TV and movie realm with Become, a tech startup he’s been developing for the past two years that’s set to launch this summer, the ridiculously ripped 42-year-old actor explains his inspiration—call it his “there should be an app for that” moment—as a consequence of persistent questions about his hardcore commitment to fitness.
In the June 2017 issue of Men’s Fitness, Phillippe reveals exactly how he stays so unbelievably fit at 42, what it takes to be a strong dad, and why he’s no longer bound up in “trying to be what other people want you to be.” Here are the highlights:
1. Ryan Phillippe is insanely dedicated to fitness
“Whether I’m doing a movie or TV show or not, I’ve worked out five days a week, 1 1⁄2 hours a day, for the past 20 years,” says Phillippe, who received his black belt in taekwondo at age 11. “And I always get asked: How do you look so young? How do you stay in shape? What [supplements] do you take? What do you eat?”
2. He’s said no to acting gigs so he could stay close to his children
“I can’t tell you the number of jobs I’ve turned down because I didn’t want to go over to Bulgaria or Australia for three months,” he says. “I turned down Shooter a couple of times because they wanted to make it in Vancouver, and I’m like, ‘I’m not going away.’ So they eventually agreed to shoot it right outside of L.A.”
3. Phillippe is developing an app in hopes of letting others achieve the level of fitness that he’s reached
“I and others like me have worked with some of the best trainers, nutritionists, and doctors,” Phillippe explains. “We’re going to take all that work away for our users—men over 40 who want to stay fit and look young. The Become app will cut through and simplify.”
Check out Ryan’s full interview with Men’s Fitness on newsstands May 22.
The second season of Shooter premieres July 18 at 10/9c on USA.
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