When it comes to body transformation (and maintenance), O’Loughlin turns to L.
A.-based trainer Jeff Blair, whom he met two years ago while playing Jennifer Lopez’s baby daddy in the romantic comedy, , which required him to look lean and ripped, fast.
On the first day, he slipped into his pint-size gi with its crisp white belt and bowed before entering the dojo. Over the years, O’Loughlin has dabbled with other forms of exercise. I was huge—closer to 200 pounds,” says the 6'1″ actor, who clocks in today at a solid 175. After two previous TV series disappointments—2007’s vampire-detective drama and returned to the mainland.
Inside, he met the sensei, watched the other kids practice their lessons, and couldn’t wait to be part of the action. “For lunch I’d have a chicken, a loaf of bread, a gallon of milk, and a bag of chocolate cookies. That’s a young man’s thing.” Today, he pulls up to a roadside cafe in Malibu for his interview and jumps out of his black Porsche Cayenne, looking tan and happy in a gray T-shirt and khaki cargo shorts, a plastic gallon jug half-filled with water dangling from his hand. But the actor has also discovered that island living has its perks.
A longtime surfer, he says that O’Loughlin is progressing “on a very advanced level.” Of course, there’s nothing like sports to bring out competition among cast mates. So he’s spending his time off getting his core energy up, stabilizing his back, and healing his shoulder.
“I’m going to come in like a bull at the top of Season 2,” he promises.
“If you look at your open hand, the size of your palm is the amount of protein you should take—about two-thirds of a chicken breast.
Your splayed four fingers equal the amount of space you should have for vegetables.
Alex O'Loughlin was born and raised in Australia and has been acting professionally there for years. He is of Irish and Scottish decent and notes that his stepfather is Canadian.
Alex O'Loughlin was 6 years old when he started studying Shobukai karate in his native Australia. “I wouldn’t miss it.” But even more important, it was the beginning of a commitment to fitness that has served the 34-year-old actor well throughout his life—not to mention as the star of CBS’s turbocharged cop series .
“He put me on this nutrition program—and he changed my life.” These days, O’Loughlin makes sure to drink about two gallons of water a day (which explains the jug he carries).Breakfast consists of a half-cup of oatmeal, a banana, a few almonds, and a splash of 2% reduced-fat milk.