About a month ago, Omaha TV actor and movie producer John Beasley, 70, and one of his sons, 48-year-old Tyrone Beasley, came down to Fit Farm for a visit.
They both signed up for CrossFit memberships and some personal training sessions with me to stay Hollywood-ready. (John has starred in movies like “Rudy” and television sitcoms such as “Everwood.” Tyrone has had acting roles in television shows like VH1's “Single Ladies” and Lifetime's “Drop Dead Diva.")
Even though the first session was just a basic introduction to fundamental movements such as squatting and pressing, the “Beasley boys” were serious. They didn't waste any time and pushed themselves hard during their first workout.
I can tell they take their health seriously. Tyrone never gives up when the workouts get challenging, and even at John's age, he can do 24-inch box jumps. That's impressive.
I recently had the opportunity to ask them a few questions about how fitness impacts not only their careers, but their lives as well.
LiveWell: What did you guys do to stay in shape before coming to Fit Farm?
John: The whole family plays tennis and we like to run a lot. People call us health nuts.
LiveWell: How did CrossFit get your attention?
John: We wanted a new challenge and to get more flexible.
LiveWell: How would you compare your current training regimen to traditional training methods?
John: The workouts are more intense, varied and progressive.
LiveWell: Does being physically fit give advantages to actors?
John: Yes, because your focus and breathing is better. And it gives you a wider range of characters to portray.
LiveWell: What is the most physically demanding part of being an actor?
John: Putting emotion into a character. My most demanding role was in the play, “Fences.” I played Troy, an ex-Negro League Baseball player.
LiveWell: What motivates you guys to work so hard every day?
John: I don't want to be in a nursing home like some of my peers.
Tyrone: I just want a healthier body and improve my tennis game.
LiveWell: What are your eating habits like?
John: We eat tons of fruits, veggies, beans and fish. No simple sugars! We travel a lot and can't afford to be sick.
Whether you are an aspiring actor or someone who wants to get in shape, we can learn a lot from these two talented individuals. First, anyone can improve their health and fitness regardless of age. Second, working out with a friend or family member can give you added motivation and help you stay accountable. Always remember, don't take your health for granted and work hard like the “Beasley Boys.” It will pay off!