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John Krasinski: 'I love feeling strong'

John Krasinski found getting in shape for his new movie "brutal" but addictive.

Actor John Krasinski is no longer a 'sit-in-the-corner-guy' after toning up for his new movie.

The 36-year-old is better known for his comic timing than his buff physique, with roles in the American version of The Office and films including It's Complicated, but for his latest part as a military veteran, that's all set to change.

John had to get in shape for political thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and on the latest cover of Men's Health, the star showed off the results of his two-a-day training regime and strict salad, chicken and water diet.

"I think there’s a part of you where you become addicted to it," John admitted to the publication. "I love feeling strong. You pick up your daughter with ease while everyone else makes a little grunt when they pick up their kids. I walk with better posture and a little more presence. I was more of a sit-in-the-corner guy. Now I’m a lot less of that.”

John was pushed to his limits to perfect his new look, complete with bulging biceps, a ripped torso and nine per cent body fat, and while it was hard at times, it was a discipline he grew to love.

"I gotta be honest, it was brutal at times,” he added. “We did tons of metabolic work, dragging sleds and all this stuff I’ve seen NFL (National Football League) players do. (But) getting stronger every day is thrilling."

The father-of-one had four months to prepare for the role of a real-life Navy SEAL and he enlisted the help of trainer Jason Walsh to get him military-ready, even though he hated some of the exercises he was given.

"Bulgarian split squat," John replied when asked which workout he hated the most, before revealing his favourite: "Bench press. There’s that number you can keep pushing. It’s almost a game instead of a workout.”

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