While at the Adult Entertainment Expo, Men's Health had the opportunity to speak to several porn start to better understand the pressures within the industry; especially staying thin and the workout routines they use.
Derrick Peirce and Ryan Driller say that guys in straight porn at first didn't really have to deal with being to fit, but over the past decade, it has become a strict requirement. “The face of adult in general has changed,” said Pierce. “For the guys, soft bodies have gone by the wayside.”
“Now that the industry is more focused on aesthetics, you’ve got guys coming in who are more built,” added Driller, who famously got buff to play Superman in a series of porn parodies. “Women are watching more porn, and they would rather see a guy who’s a little more appealing than a slobby guy who’s sitting on the couch all day long… who doesn’t have his belly hanging over the girl.”
It is no secret that gay men in the industry have higher expectations placed on them then their straight counterparts when it comes to being muscular. And, the porn industry is no different. Driller, who has done gay porn, says that gay models must be as muscular as possible to survive in the industry. “There’s more pressure on the gay side to be super fit,” says Driller, who has shot both gay and straight porn. “But in general, there’s more pressure in the gay community to be super-fit.”
Gay adult star Wesley Wood agreed, and said that he came into the business feeling the need to workout more and be more muscular. “My first year in the industry, I was trying to look a certain way and I was chasing a goal that wasn’t attainable,” he says. “I’ve gotten really comfortable and happy with myself.”
“On the straight side, it’s not really about [the male performer], it’s about the woman,” Woods added, “For gay porn, its two men, so it’s obviously different. And our culture requires men to look fit and put together.”
Almost all adult entertainers have too keep up with consistent exercise routines.
Wood stated that he maintains a strict diet, lefts weights four days a week, and will hikes the Runyon Canyons six days a week. Driller also hikes the canyons six days a week. “I have a lift routine where it’s chest one day, triceps one day, legs one day, shoulders one day, biceps one day,” he says. “But I don’t lift 6 days a week. I usually run and lift 2 days, then swim one day, then repeat.”
Straight porn star Aaron Thompson shared his workout routine. “I work out every single day for at least an hour,” says Thompson. “I don’t do a ton of heavy machine ‘gym guy lifting, but focus more on stamina and basic core fitness stuff — running, pull-ups, sit-ups, squats. Stuff you can do from a hotel room, truck stop or in prison, ya know?”
“If I film a scene, that’s about 45 min of cardio,” says Thompson, “If it’s not too late I’ll go to the gym after and do strength training since I ‘banged’ out cardio already.”
There is no doubt that men in the adult industry have to stay tight and muscular in order to keep their job. Woods stated that most of the these men have found a balance between work obligation and personal peace.