To give life to the role of Machete - an ancient Ifugao warrior who transforms from a wooden sculpture into a man every night - one needs to have rock-hard abs and a chiseled physique. Other actors may balk at the prospect of incorporating a punishing workout into their already jampacked schedule, but Aljur Abrenica isn’t one of them. He tells Men’s Health Philippines as he graces the cover of their February issue, "Ang title ko sa ‘Starstruck’ eh ‘Ultimate Hunk,’ so kailangan ko ‘yun i-maintain. Kailangan ko panindigan."
It may be difficult to make his workout fit into his schedule, but Aljur is passionate about working out and is determined to maintain his impressive physique. "Kung pwede talaga everyday. Kasi hindi mo alam kung kelan ka makaka-gym ulit dahil sa schedule… Sa set mismo, nag-a-abs exercises ako. Military press din, nagdadala ako ng dumbbells para kahit papaano, nakaka-work-out," he says.
Aljur’s long-time personal trainer Billy James Renacia says, "The best thing about Aljur is that he has discipline and motivation to achieve his goal, always… He has always wanted the role, [so] we’re doing conditioning training for Machete… this training is difficult even for Aljur because he has a lot of things to do for the show but he still manages to do his workouts."
How does Aljur maintain a body worthy of the role of Machete? Check out "The Machete Workout" and read more about Aljur’s rise to stardom in the February issue of Men’s Health, available in newsstands and bookstores nationwide.