Billy Eichner got in shape. He didn’t do it for Hollywood execs or a blockbuster role, but for himself. “I’m a comedian. I could be 400 pounds and I’d probably be more popular!” he recently told Men’s Health. “If I’m being honest, I’m really doing it for me.”
So how did he do it? About three years ago, he hired himself a personal trainer and started hitting the gym three times a week. Commitment and time management were key—he’s kept a full schedule with projects like Billy on the Street, Difficult People, Friends from College and now, American Horror Story: Cult, in which he happens to play a personal trainer. On top of that, he’s committed to eating healthily—the usual lean-meat, vegetable-heavy, low-carb diet—and exercising.
“I have discipline,” he says. “I ran this morning. Now I’m here. I did a million things in between. And I’ll be up all night working. When I want something to happen, I have a very good work ethic. Including this.”
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“This” is a workout program that has Eichner running two miles on the treadmill three days a week and putting in time on machines at the gym. For example, he alternates between bench presses (12 reps at 115 pounds) and dumbell flys while balancing on a Bosu ball. And yeah, he thinks it’s boring, and his trainer won’t let him use his cell phone while he’s working out. But he’s put in the time and energy to no longer be the self-described “fat kid.”
“I played John Goodman’s son in an SNL sketch when I was 14. That fat,” he emphasizes. “So I’ve come a long way.” Agreed.