Landing the acting role of former WWE wrestling icon The Iron Sheik in NBC’s Young Rock was a big moment in Brett Azar’s acting career.
Until then, Azar, 34, was known as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s body double in the Terminator sequels.
While Young Rock was Azar’s chance to prove he could be a great actor, he still had to keep something approximating the Sheik’s reportedly 6’0, 260-pound physique—no small task, especially considering Azar had to start training while quarantined inside an Australian hotel room.
“They brought in a 300-pound weight set in my hotel room, the bar only with not bench and the 300 pounds,” Azar said. “I’m surprised I wasn’t fined for breaking the furniture in the hotel room, because I used two chairs as a bench,” he said. “I put the bar on the bench, and would bench off of the hotel floor. Then I did shrugs and deadlifts. For the overhead press I would kneel, or else I would put the weights through the ceiling.”
Somehow, this weird hotel room workout led to Azar having the most shredded body of his career. As many people pointed out, Azar looked stronger and leaner than the Sheik in his prime. “When I got out of quarantine, I was shredded and 15 pounds lighter, with the wings going through the stomach and everything. The other actors were surprised, “Dude what happened?” And so it became, “We are going to the gym with you.” We will all train together.”
Diet also played a big role, with Azar watching his carb intake and increasing his protein. “I eat low-carb, high-protein, and moderate fats during the day, and then at night, I will have have whatever carbs I am craving before bed.”
Much like the Rock himself, those cheat meals are very serious work, and occasionally get to legendary status. Azar’s favorite involves cinnamon raisin bread with jelly and butter. “I will toast usually around four slices, and I will slap some butter and some grape jelly on there, and that is my fix,” he says.
On Sundays, he goes all-out: “I sit down and have one meal. I will eat until I have to go to the bathroom, and then I sleep. Pastas, Pizzas, cookies, chips …usually when I get to ice cream, I was going to the bathroom, and then I was finished.”
Author: Steven Sinclaire