Zac Efron put in some serious work to get his ripped physique in the 2017 Baywatch movie, but he has no interest in maintaining that level of fitness moving forward. The 32-year-old appeared on Hot Ones this week, and he says he doesn’t want to be in that kind of shape again.
Efron – who played the role of Olympic swimmer Matt Brody in the movie – says that it was “a really important time” to do Baywatch because he realized that when he was done, he will never go back to that kind of shape.
“Really. It was so hard,” said Efron. “You’re working with almost no wiggle room, right? You’ve got things like water under your skin that you’re worrying about, making your six-pack into a four-pack. S*** like that it’s just not … it’s just stupid.”
The “Zac Efron Workout” has become a popular fitness routine for those who are serious about getting into the best shape of their lives, but it’s incredibly difficult. When he was filming Baywatch, Efron tweeted that he went nine days with “absolutely zero carbs and sugar.” He added that the only food he consumed was organic grass fed/free range protein and leafy greens.
Patrick Murphy, Efron’s trainer, told Men’s Health that he “threw everything” at the High School Musical star.
“Stability training, power, mobility, athletic training. He did more two-a-days than anyone I ever worked with,” said Murphy.
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Last year, when Efron was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he saw his Madame Tussauds wax figure, and he said he was “very impressed and scared” by the recreation of his Baywatch character. Efron explained that it was “too big….for guys” and called it “unrealistic.”
“I got very big and buff for that movie but I don’t want people to think that’s the best way to be. Be your size. I don’t want to glamorize this,” said Efron.
While eating chicken wings with various hot sauces on the top of the Scoville scale, Efron said he was happy that it worked out and he got through it. And, he admitted that he might do it again someday if the role was “something worthwhile.”
However, Zac Efron is going to wait until it gets to that. Right now, he says that he is “good,” and the most important thing is to take care of your heart and brain.