So they gave me the triple bypass.

Can you keep up your intense workouts for the long term?

How long am I going to do this? Forever. Maybe not lift 450 f------ pounds, but I'll do something. Some people got it, some don't. It can be a curse. But when you see yourself on TV and people say you look good — "You're 54? You look 44!" — that makes all the difference in the world.

Does your family keep fit?

My son, Joey, trains with me. My other son, Steven, is into martial arts.

My aunts were obese, my dad, my whole family [in that generation] was obese.

Do you have a personal fitness motto or philosophy?

I have it tattooed on my hand: "It's not how hard you hit, it's how hard you get hit and keep moving forward."

You have a massive physique, particularly for a 54-year-old. Do you take any supplements?

Some people ask what steroids I'm on. But I'm at that [gym] seven days a week.

I really only got to take an aspirin for my heart. And a daily multivitamin. And a lot of glutamine for my muscles.

Yara Martinez

City of residence: Los Angeles/visits family in South Miami

Height: 5 feet, 5 inches

Occupation: Actor

What's your workout routine?

It varies. When I'm in the zone, I go five times a week: spinning, shadowboxing and doing The Bar Method, which is for strength based on ballet and yoga. Spinning is my most common [activity], and I do it for 45 minutes. Boxing is for an hour, and Bar Method is an hour. I don't do weightlifting. Bar Method is what I go to for my muscles.

Are you physically active on your TV shows?

I did a role on [NBC's] "Chase," where I played a fugitive on the run. I did a lot of running through the woods, a stunt jumping off a cliff, shooting people. It was definitely physically active.

Did you play any sports in school?

I did ballet for 10 years, was a cheerleader and was on the dance team. Cheerleading is definitely a sport. I joined cheerleading for fun in high school, and it was way more intense than I'd realized. I went to Our Lady of Lourdes Academy and was a cheerleader for [Christopher Columbus High School in Miami].

What do you drink typically?

A lot of water. I don't have a problem with water. I try for 3 liters a day, room temperature. I don't drink soda or juices. Every once in a while I'll have a fresh-squeezed juice. And red wine. I keep it very biblical.

Do you take any vitamins or sports nutrition products?

A women's multivitamin, and I take a tablespoon of flaxseed oil because it's good for your skin. And I recently discovered an acidophilus probiotics thing for your stomach.