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Alex Russell attends the Los Angeles premiere of Brampton's Own at Laemmle's Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre on Oct. 17, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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By Maria Neuman

When Alex Russell was 15, he hit a workout crossroads. "I got cast as Cosmo Brown in Singin' in the Rain and had to learn to tap-dance," says the Australian actor. At the time, "I was skating up at my school on a Saturday and attempting to kickflip a seven-stair. (For nonskaters, that's rolling up to the top of the stairs, kickflipping, and landing at the bottom.) I probably tried it 30 times to no avail. The next day at musical rehearsal, I couldn't dance. I couldn't even walk without limping. I had to make a choice."

While his footwork and acting skills set him up perfectly for the role of wise-cracking Jim Street in S.W.A.T., it was his switched-up gym sessions with Hollywood trainer Paolo Mascitti that took his physique to the next level. Here's how he did it.

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Behind The Scenes Secrets From The S.W.A.T Set (Part Two)

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From the star who sneaks off for snacks to who is most likely to break character, the cast of S.W.A.T. dish on what really goes on between takes.

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Alex Russell Shares His Favorite Stunts From The S.W.A.T. Set

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S.W.A.T. star Alex Russell takes us for a behind the scenes ride along of the TV show's high-speed stunts and "blind" drives.

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Behind The Scenes Secrets From The S.W.A.T Set (Part One)

From stealth workouts to sneaking naps, the cast of S.W.A.T. dish on what really goes on between takes. And don't miss Part Two of this sneak peek at the inside hijinks.

S.W.A.T. airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Stream anytime on Paramount+.

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