Usher is gearing up to take on the role of famed boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in “Hands of Stone“. While training for the role over the summer, the musician-turned-actor was photographed in Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn for the cover of “Men’s Health” magazine.
The “Yeah” singer was listed at 180 lbs but needed to trim down to Leonard’s weight of 146 lbs.
“I train like an athlete every day, believe it or not,” revealed Usher.
In addition to training in the gym, Usher revealed he added cycling to his regimen:
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“My second day I decided to ride to the gym. So I rode there. Boxed. Rode the bike back home.”
Usher added that while he’s able to work through the pain, his body can only take so much.
“Mentally, I’m the type of person who can ignore the pain. Put it somewhere else and allow my body to just go there,” he says. “But I always suffer. You can’t box, ride a bike for 20 miles in the heat—Georgia heat—and then go to the studio and rehearse. That’s not happening.”