And one look at those washboard abs tells you he’s not lying about that as he talks of his fitness regimen to Men’s Health magazine.
The 47 year-old superstar is heating up the cover of the magazine and spilling the secrets to his ridiculous fit body. He also talks about how he changed his lifestyle habits and truly transformed his entire life.
McGraw is more candid than ever these days about his journey from hard living on the road to the clean and confident life he’s enjoying now. He’s now matured and mellowed quite a bit, and the “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” singer admits he should have listened to his mama back in the day.
In the Men’s Health interview, he revealed that early in his career, he was so nervous to get onstage that a few drinks weren’t simply a fun pleasure before a show. He viewed them as a necessity, and his mother had serious concerns about his attitude.
“I remember my mom tellin’ me, ‘Y’know, if you don’t get up there a couple times without doing that, it’s gonna be a problem,’” he said.
And she was right.
“I drank too much. … I partied too much. And did other things too much. Chemically. No needles or that kind of stuff, but … use your imagination,” McGraw said.
But that was then, and this is now. No more beer. Only a buff bod.
During McGraw’s photo shoot with the magazine, he apparently showed off his best fitness moves, like “high-box step-ups,” “core-building twists with heavy chains,” and “plyometric pushups.”
His workout routine is as hardcore as it seems.
“I’ll be the first to admit, I take it to extremes,” he said.
The new issue of Men’s Health hits newsstands Tuesday (June 24).
- 2009, Jason Aldean picks up a gold album for “Wide Open”
- 2007, Reba McEntire and pop singer Kelly Clarkson team up on “Because Of You,” “Fancy” and “Why Haven’t I Heard From You” as a new edition of “CMT Crossroads” makes its cable debut
- 1995, Tracy Lawrence blows into #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Texas Tornado”
- 1982, John Anderson holds the last recording session in Nashville’s historic Columbia Studio B, recording Lefty Frizzell’s “The Long Black Veil”
- 2010, Brad Paisley headlines a concert in the United Kingdom for the first time, playing Shepherds Bush Empire in London
- 2007, Tracy Lawrence collects a #1 single in Billboard for the first time in 11 years with “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”
- 1993, Brooks & Dunn go triple-platinum with their “Brand New Man” album, becoming the first duo in country music history to have an album ship 3 million units
- 1952, Decca releases Kitty Wells’ “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”
- 2011, Glen Campbell reveals in People magazine that he’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Despite the issues it poses in remembering lyrics, he intends to launch a farewell concert tour in the fall
- 2002,George Strait realizes a #1 single in Billboard with “Living And Living Well”
- 1995, Shania Twain goes platinum for the first time in her career, with her album “The Woman In Me”
- 1974, Waylon Jennings commands his first #1 single in Billboard with “This Time”
- 2003, Johnny Cash makes his first public appearance since the funeral for his wife, June Carter. It’s also his last public performance. Along with son John Carter Cash, the Man In Black sings “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Ring Of Fire” in Hiltons, Virginia
- 1983, Mercury Records signs Kathy Mattea to her first recording contract
- 1972, Allison Moorer is born in Frankville, Alabama. The younger sister of Shelby Lynne, she earns an Oscar nomination for her song “A Soft Place To Fall,” included in the movie “The Horse Whisperer”
- 1959, Kathy Mattea is born in Cross Lanes, West Virginia. Deftly balancing art and commercialism, she nabs a pair of Grammy awards and is twice named the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year
- 2005, Gretchen Wilson receives the key to the city of Pocahontas, Illinois, when she returns to her hometown to cut the ribbon on a new ball field concession stand she donated to the community. The event takes place at the renamed Gretchen Wilson Park
- 1995, MCA releases George Jones & Tammy Wynette’s “One” album, their first duet collection in 15 years
- 1979, Chuck Wicks is born in Dover, Delaware. Introduced on the 2007 FOX-TV show “Nashville,” he becomes the first Delaware-born singer to reach country’s Top 15 with the single “Stealing Cinderella”
- 1945, Anne Murray is born in Springhill, Nova Scotia. Her warm, easy-going vocals snare a number of pop-slanted successes from 1970-1986, including “Snowbird,” “You Needed Me,” “Shadows In The Moonlight” and “Now And Forever (Me And You)”
What is important is that we take a moment today to celebrate the birthday of country music’s most beloved wiseass and ambassador who is now officially 38 years old.
Shelton got the conversation rolling Tuesday night on Twitter by posting the gem, “Still can’t believe I’m turning 28 tomorrow … oh well,” which prompted a barrage of loving and supportive and occasionally hilarious tweets from fans.
One fan tweeted, “You don’t look a day over 20,” which got a chuckle from Shelton. Another post was a sweet video montage of birthday messages put together by fans from all over. The outpouring prompted Shelton to gush back to them, “This makes my week!!.I love y’all.”
What a perfect gift to give the guy who pretty much has everything he ever wanted.
Think about it. What do you get Blake Shelton for his birthday?
He has one of the hottest careers in entertainment, a smokin’ hot and successful wife in Miranda Lambert, hit songs, a wildly popular tour, high visibility on The Voice and a beautiful farm in Oklahoma.
I am curious to know what Lambert is eyeing as Shelton’s birthday present this year. He recently came up with an extremely thoughtful anniversary present for her when he got their old boat running just in time for them to rest and relax in the aftermath of the CMA Music Festival.
Something tells me she’s planning to make Shelton’s big day just as special.
- 2006, Big Machine releases Taylor Swift’s debut single, “Tim McGraw”
- 2004, Keith Urban’s “Raining On Sunday” ranks #1 when CMT presents “40 Sexiest Videos”
- 1993, Patty Loveless tops the Billboard country chart with “Blame It On Your Heart”
- 1971, Jerry Reed lights up the #1 position on the Billboard country chart with “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot”
Merle Haggard, I understand. But some of the songs on Miranda Lambert’s list of the “Music That Changed Her Life” in People magazine’s new country special issue seem a little out there. For now, I’ll just call the list “eclectic,” and you can see what you think.
1. “Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star,” Merle Haggard
“Merle is my No. 1. He makes you believe the stories he tells. I grew up with my dad singing his songs,” Lambert says, adding that this song was one of the first songs she ever learned to play on her guitar.
2. “Run the World (Girls),” Beyoncé
“I used this song in my 2013 tour as the song I walk onstage with. It’s total girl power!”
3. “Desperados Waiting for a Train,” Guy Clark
Lambert calls this one from Clark’s 1975 album Old No. 1 her favorite song of all time. “I remember hearing it when I was 8 and thinking, ‘Oh, my gosh.’ His songs push me as a writer. I think, ‘I can do better.’”
4. “Over You,” Lambert
“Blake (Shelton) and I wrote this together about his brother who died in a car accident when Blake was a teen,” Lambert said about the song that she recorded and the one that won both the ACM and the CMA song of the year award.
5. “Monster Mash,” Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers
“Probably every morning, when Blake’s making coffee, I hear, ‘We do the mash …’ It makes us happy,” she said. “Every couple has a song. This is ours.”
“Gosh dang it, man. I’m gonna miss the hell out of Usher and Shakira,” Shelton told a handful of reporters in Nashville recently. “I know Shakira’s not coming back. She’s a great person and a great lifelong friend I made there. Usher, too.”
Shelton admits he really doesn’t know what this season holds because he really doesn’t know the new judges — singer-songwriters Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams — at all.
“As far as Gwen and Pharrell — I always want to call him ‘For Real’ — I’ve met them, but I can honestly say that outside of a handshake and a ‘What’s up,’ I don’t know these people that well,” Shelton said.
So will that unfamiliarity breed some quality contempt? It sounds like Shelton thinks so.
“You’re not gonna see Adam (Levine) or I be polite about it,” he explained. “Because we have a job to do there, and the gloves come off, mostly in the blind auditions. If we hear an artist up there we think could win this thing, there’s no telling what we’re gonna say or do. And hopefully, they’ve studied up enough on the show and know that’s what’s gonna happen, and they’ll come in swinging, too.”
Shelton and Levine are the only two judges who have stayed put since they first sat down in those big red chairs in 2011. And Shelton sounds as committed as ever to maintaining that consistency on the show.
“I’m not ever gonna be somebody who does a season of The Voice and then takes one off and then comes back again,” Shelton said. “I love working there. I wanna always do it. There’s nowhere to go in television that wouldn’t be a step down. It is absolutely the perfect job for somebody like me.”