'Always Sunny' Star Glenn Howerton Works Out Because He Still Wants His High School Body

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·4-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Photo credit: Men's Health
Photo credit: Men's Health

When a show has been on the air for as many years as It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, it becomes difficult to differentiate the show's cast from the characters that they play. And as one of the lead actors in what is now the longest-running live-action sitcom on American television, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Glenn Howerton is Dennis Reynolds, arguably the most depraved of the show's deeply misanthropic cabal.

Dennis' problematic, predatory, arguably sociopathic behaviour has once again formed a key part of the 15th season. His frequently referenced narcissism stems from his belief that he has the body and looks of "a god," and while Howerton is far less unsettling as an individual than Dennis, he does work hard in his home gym to maintain his lean physique.

"It's good for you," he says, "but let's be honest, it's because I'm vain and I want to get back to how I looked in high school, which was ripped." (continued below)

In a new Gym & Fridge video, Howerton shows Men's Health around his home in Los Angeles. As a father of two, a lot of the real estate in the fridge is taken up by what his kids eat, rather than what necessarily makes up his daily diet (those hot dogs are for the kids, he swears), and so he keeps a "secret" second fridge full of his own staples, including bone broth, lentil soups, peanut butter, almond butter turkey meatballs, hemp seeds, green juices, and cold brew.

There are also cupcakes and donuts, because Howerton likes to indulge every now and then—although there are certain areas where he simply doesn't see the value in the empty calories, like soda. "I stopped drinking soda about 15 years ago," he says. "Our kids have had soda, but we kept them off of it for long enough to where now when they have it they think it's gross, which is awesome, because it is."

Howerton describes his regular diet as "plant-forward" rather than plant based, as he was vegan for years but now occasionally incorporates meat into veggie-packed meals, and will substitute some of his pre-workout meals with "gnarly" smoothies packed with plant protein, amino acids, creatine and collagen. "I eat for function, I'm not a foodie at all," he says. "It's not that I can't appreciate a good meal, I can, I do like a good meal, it's just that it doesn't matter as much to me as it does to other people."

He also does intermittent fasting, and has adjusted his morning routine so that he stays in a fasted state for longer—even if that means putting off his cup of coffee. "That's the main staple of my diet," he says. "I read somewhere that you're not supposed to drink coffee first thing, which was torture for me, so now what I do is I start with a big glass of water, maybe some supplements, and then after I've been awake for about an hour and half, two hours, then I get my coffee."

As far as his workout schedule is concerned, Howerton keeps it flexible rather than adhering to a strict training schedule.

"I'd say I work out anywhere between three and six times a week," he says. "I don't have the discipline to Mark Wahlberg it and wake up at 3 a.m. when I have to be on set at 6 a.m.," he says. "I'm just not going to do that." However, he then adds that it would be pretty fun to work out with Wahlberg. "He just knows a lot of stuff!"

He wouldn't go so far as to say he has a favourite exercise—"they all suck"—he does tend to favour bodyweight workouts. "It's like an animal thing, being able to pull your own body up, there's something instinctual about that," he says. "I don't lift heavy any more, because it hurts, and I don't like it, and I don't want to get injured."

When it comes to weighted exercises, Howerton will use a "Mutt" bar, which combines elements of the Olympic barbell, Swiss bar and dumbbell and enables him to switch from one upper body exercise to another without wasting time on changing weights. And while he'd take big arms over big legs, he knows not to skip leg day, and will load up Bulgarian split squats to roast his glutes and quads. "You've got to make sure your butt's nice and firm," he says. "I definitely have a better butt than Rob [McElhenney]."

As much as he maintains that "it all sucks," Howerton's diet and workout mean he is in incredible shape at 45 years old, although he acknowledges that he no longer has that high school body he remembers so fondly. "It would be a little bit ridiculous for me to be in the most amazing amazing shape in the world, because none of the characters that I ever play does that make sense," he says. "I'm like basic cable's Tom Cruise."

You Might Also Like

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting