Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Is Living Simple to Get Ripped for ‘The Matrix 4’ – Men’s Health

Posted: August 18, 2020 at 2:52 pm

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II isnt letting anything stop him these days, even a global pandemic. Currently filming The Matrix 4 in Berlin, Germany, the actor is all about making sure hes stays on top of his fitness goals, now more than ever.

The Watchmen star recently allowed Mens Health into his Berlin home for the latest installment of the Gym & Fridge series, where he proudly shows off his back-porch gym setup. It might not have all the bells and whistles a state-of-the-art gym, but it does have some of the essentials for getting in movie star-shape.

Its not one of those roles right now where I have to be really big and muscular, he says about his fitness routine. So really the key to this setup is just to make sure that Im toned and have the space to do my cardio and take care of my absthings like that. His favorite exercise tool is a 30-pound log, which he chopped and painted black himself.

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While Abdul-Mateens current workout routines requires five days a week of effort, he does like to change it up depending on the project hes working on. But if hes not on set, he lifts weights twice a week and plays basketball on other days. And though there's constant pressure to stay in superhero shape, thats not Abdul-Mateens only motivation. I want to look good in my films, but I also want to look good in real life," he says. "Between the two of those, I think thats enough.

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The Candyman star also takes viewers to his fridge, which showcases some simple foods that contribute to his clean diet. The main staple youd find in Abdul-Mateens fridge? Eggs. He eats about half a dozen every morning for a protein source. Im always working and filming superhero projects or things like that where I have to stay in shape, he says. So my diet is pretty consistent. Im usually eating things around the clock. Its kind of boring, but thats what it takes.

But that doesnt mean the actor doesnt indulge every now and then, as he shows the camera his cheat meal: cereal and candy he brought with him from the U.S. I try not to eat this at 2 oclock in the morning, he jokes. I try to keep it clean. I try my best!

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