ABC flew Jason’s two trainers to L.A.

ABC paid to have two trainers flown to Los Angeles during production of The Bachelor 13 in order to make sure that Jason Mesnick looked good during all of his shirtless scenes.

Two months before taping began, Jason began working out with trainers, doing an hour-long, five-day-a-week circuit training program that dropped his body fat from 8.4 to 6.7 percent. The Seattle Times reports on his training in a ridiculously detailed story that tells you more than you’d ever want to know about how exactly Jason prepared his body to have it be filmed.

Jason went “through ‘functional strength’ exercises designed to give him a more tapered, athletic look,” and the paper reports that “ABC was so keen on keeping the bachelor’s body photogenic that it flew Elite’s co-owners, Dave Johnson and Alex Wasserman, down to Los Angeles to make sure Mesnick stayed buff.”

As to those frequent shirtless scenes, Jason said, “They must have filmed about 1,000 hours and about 30 minutes of me with my shirt off, but it seems like they put all 30 minutes on screen.”

“The Bachelor’s” secrets for getting camera-ready [Seattle Times]

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