Vh1’s star Derrick Roman aka McKinley Freeman has been getting a lot of attention lately, and it’s not just for his fine acting chops.
The leading male actor on the show “Hit The Floor” has a chiseled physique, similar to a Roman god. If his work ethic on set is anything close to his work ethic in the gym, we have a feeling he is definitely going places.
Check out the exclusive interview below, and McKinley’s two workouts that work the core;
FWF: Congratulations on a successful first season, and being able to do a second season. How does it feel to be casted on such a great show and to have such a great response?
McKinley: From the moment I went to the table read I said ok, this could be something special. And then as we continued to shoot more episodes, and just feeling the family amongst the cast, it has been a really, really amazing experience and the finale is going to be fun, so I’m looking forward to seeing how people respond to it.
FWF: I hear you’re a fitness guru and that you workout a lot.
McKinley: It’s like my second job. I would say I’m more like a mad scientist, I am willing to try just about anything from kickboxing, kettlebells, just anything.
FWF: You play an athlete on TV do you train as hard as one?
McKinley: Preparing for the Hit the Floor, I was boxing, I was doing sprints, I was taking stairs, I was taking yoga. You have to show up ready (for the role).
FWF: Playing an athlete are you ever afraid of working out too hard and getting injured because it could affect your role?
McKinley: There are things that I can do that I don’t have a problem with, then there are
things that I do have to monitor myself with…I don’t stretch, I need to stretch more. Yoga honestly is one of the hardest things I have ever done.
FWF: Is it true cupcakes are your guilty pleasure and that you love mac & cheese and fried chicken?
McKinley: I enjoy eating whatever, M&M’s, soul food. I believe everything (is fine) in moderation.
FWF: Do you have a gym game plan?
McKinley: I try to start with the cardio part because if I’m tired at the end I’m probably not going to do it, so I do that first, then I’m looking around to see who is in the most pain, then I say ok I’m going to try that.
McKinley’s Core Workouts:
Kettle Bell Cleans (On a bosu ball)
- With one hand holding the kettle bell squat down while on the bosu ball
- On your way up out of your squat lift the kettle above your head into a full extended clean motion
- 4 sets 10-15 reps
- Toe touches 100
- Oblique twist (feet up) 10 on each side
- Side oblique crunch (side plank can add a weight) 10 each side
- Side plank (30 seconds) switch sides
- Repeat Set 10x nonstop