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When Atlanta native Michael Mealor was a member of his high school's weightlifting team, he tipped the scales at 220 pounds and could bench 375. Now the 28-year-old—who plays the handsome scion Kyle Abbott on CBS' The Young and the Restless—is a lean-and-mean 180 pounds and has mixed in more cardio to his workout routine. Here he shares it with Watch.

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Y&R star Michael Mealor showing his washboard abs.

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Punch Hour 

I love boxing, so I try to do it three days week. I'll usually go 40 minutes with the mitts, then 20 minutes of pure cardio. Boxing is so hard. It's straight-up 60 minutes, all out, and I know I'm going to be crawling away from the ring when I'm done.

Whoop-eeze

Michael Mealor of The Young and the Restless shows off his muscled biceps.

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I've never been a big fitness-tracker person, but my girlfriend bought me a Whoop Strap. It gives you data on everything from heart rate exertion levels to sleep time. Based on how much you sleep, it tells you what type of workout to do.

If you're tired, it will suggest a lighter workout and vice versa. It tells you how much strain you're putting on your body so you can adjust mid-workout.

 

Work out; don't watch the game.

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Core Value

Y&R star Michael Mealor shows off his washboard abs.

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When I'm doing a gym workout, I always start with my abs. I use weights for each exercise because I don't get the results I want doing just regular sit-ups or planks.

I start with a 10-pound medicine ball and work up from there. If I did my abs at the end of my routine, I would be too tired and would skip it or put it off until the next day. This way, I don't allow myself to skimp.

Minute Man

I'm a firm believer in keeping my heart rate up during my workout. I do the "Every Minute on the Minute," or EMOM, routine. I'll have 60 seconds to do a set of dumbbell chest presses. But if it only takes me 45 seconds, I'll have 15 seconds of rest before I start the next set.

Y&R star Michael Mealor shirtless leaning against a window.

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I do that for my cardio, too. I use the rowing machine and try to do 250 meters each minute for four minutes. I'll also do supersets with two muscle groups, like a chest exercise for 30 seconds, then straight into an arm exercise for the next 30 seconds. EMOM keeps my heart rate going and body guessing—and stops me from getting stuck watching some football game at the gym.

What Michael Mealor Eats In A Day

The super fit and abs-olutely fabulous Y&R star shares his healthy eating habits.

 

Cup of black coffee.

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Breakfast: I never eat breakfast. I know it's weird. I just drink black coffee. I love the taste and it curbs my appetite.

 

A plate of kale salad topped with grilled salmon.

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Lunch: A kale or quinoa salad with protein on top, though I'm no longer a huge red-meat eater.

 

A chocolate chip cookie.

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Snack: A protein bar, a cookie. I have a thing for sweets and anything chocolate.

 

A plate of panko-crusted Japanese fried chicken tenders with yuzu, chili dipping sauce.

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Dinner: It absolutely has to be hot. I can't eat anything cold for dinner, except sushi. I was raised on the southern meat-and-three (side dishes) diet. I don't cook, but there's a health food store near my house that has a lot of prepared foods. I love their turmeric chicken fingers and rice balls with chile sauce.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, March-April 2020.

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The Young and the Restless megastar Peter Bergman has played his popular Daytime alter ego Jack Abbott for three whole decades. To mark this major milestone, Watch rolled out a wow-worthy photo shoot.

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By Joey Anthony

In case you missed it, The Young and the Restless honored veteran actor Eric Braeden's milestone 40th anniversary on the television's #1 Daytime drama with three new tribute episodes celebrating his four decades in Genoa City.

But first, Y&R cast, crew, friends, and family came together to toast the beloved TV icon.

The lunch was held on one of CBS Television City's Y&R stages, which had been decorated with the Victor Newman artwork. And event emcee Doug Davidson (Paul Williams) kept guests laughing from the moment he introduced Braeden—who took his seat of honor to a rousing applause.

Melody Thomas Scott shows off custom artwork of Eric Braeden.

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Doug Davidson kicked things off by recounting how excited Y&R creator William J. Bell had been to find Braeden and bring him to the show for a "short" stint that started on February 8, 1980… and then revealed that only a year later, he and his new costar were almost mobbed by 30 thousand fans at a mall event in Canada!

"Eric became the star of our show," Davidson raved. "He and Bill created a character that could do and get away with anything, and still be loved. Eric as Victor was powerful, charismatic, truthful and his ace in the hole, vulnerable. Just like Eric."

Custom artwork featuring Eric Braeden decorate the Y&R soundstage.

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Though Braeden didn't take the microphone until the end, he did speak up when Davidson introduced Dabney Coleman—the veteran actor who'd convinced him to audition for this little daytime stint, to begin with. "You, son of a bitch, are responsible for me being here 40 years," Braeden teased happily. "The travails and tribulations I've gone through are because of you. I'm going to sue you for pain and suffering!"

Y&R stars Doug Davidson and Eric Braeden.

Y&R stars Doug Davidson and Eric Braeden.

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Speakers who took the stage to honor Braeden ranged from his onscreen family, CBS President Kelly Kahl, executive producer Anthony Morina, and co-executive producer and head writer Josh Griffith to sportscaster Stephen A. Smith, former Los Angeles city councilman Tom LaBonge (aka "Mr. LA"), and The Bold And the Beautiful's executive producer Bradley Bell—who was there to represent his iconic family.

Former executive producer turned B&B supervising producer Edward Scott also had the honor of sharing the long story of Braeden's trajectory from growing up in Germany's darkest era as Hans Jörg Gudegast to building his storied career in America —which boasts 120 TV series and films.

Tom LaBonge presents longtime LA resident Eric Braeden with a distinguished award from the City of Los Angeles.

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While the speeches honoring Braeden were filled with sentiment and even awe, the energy remained light. In fact, only two moments brought tears to Braeden's eyes—and both times, they were tears of laughter!

After onscreen daughters Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman) and Melissa Ordway (Abby Newman) took the stage in German dirndls and braids, they introduce a blooper reel that left everyone gasping for breath.

And onscreen son Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman) regaled Braeden with behind the scenes stories that had everyone cackling.

Eric Braeden and costars Melissa Ordway and Amelia Heinle.

Guest of honor Eric Braeden enjoying one of the many humorous moments at the celebration.

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Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) also earned laughs when he recounted the time he was invited backstage to meet his idol after she appeared at the 1999 Daytime Emmys. "I stood ten feet away from Aretha Franklin, looking at me, saying 'Jack,'" he marveled. "I crossed the room and as I hugged the queen of soul, she whispered in my ear… 'I love Eric Braeden. He is a pain in my ass! He is also the iconic face of the most successful show in the history of Daytime television.'"

Peter Bergman at a podium giving a speech.

Peter Bergman toasts Y&R legend Eric Braeden at his 40th anniversary party.

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Y&R alum Justin Hartley (ex-Adam Newman) came back from This Is Us to confess he hadn't known what to expect when he signed up to play Braeden's onscreen son. "I'd heard tell that he was gruff," he recalled. "You know what he is? He's a teddy bear!"

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Y&R alum Justin Hartley speaks at Eric Braeden's 40th anniversary celebration.

Y&R alum Justin Hartley speaks at Eric Braeden's 40th anniversary celebration.

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Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) closed out the speeches by marveling over the chemistry creator Bell had recognized between them long before they had. "We did indeed have… something," Scott grinned. "That very rare spark that, for the lack of a better term, entices our souls into dancing together."

Scott added that whether Victor and Nikki were fighting, loving or not even talking, that spark never faded. "Together, our souls become one," she concluded. "May the two of us always be one."

Eric Braeden and onscreen wife Melody Thomas Scott of The Young and the Restless.

Both Eric Braeden and on-screen wife Melody Thomas Scott have both been on The Young and the Restless for 40 years.

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When Eric Braeden finally took the microphone, himself, he thanked just about everyone in the room—from his family, friends and The Young and the Restless co-stars to his former soccer team The Maccabees, the cast and crew from The Man Who Came Back, members of the press and every single member of the Y&R crew (by name!).

Eric Braeden takes the microphone at his 40th anniversary celebration.

Eric Braeden takes the microphone at his 40th anniversary celebration.

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He honored his epic love story with Melody Thomas Scott's Nikki and his longtime enmity with Peter Bergman's Jack, before touting the hard work, commitment and diversity of the Y&R cast and crew—as well as that of the country he and other immigrants have made their own. Before breaking for lunch, the crowd stood as one of Braeden's friend played "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the trumpet.

After the cake and photos, of course, it was back to business at Y&R!

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In case you missed it, Daytime's #1 drama, The Young and the Restless, has been renewed through 2024! Cast member Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott) joined the show in 2016 and has quickly become a fan favorite. Watch! interviewed the Y&R star and chatted about his inspiration, his first day in Genoa City, and being bit by the acting bug.

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Jason Thompson from The Young and the Restless.

Jason Thompson suits up for The Young and the Restless.

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Who is your biggest inspiration?

My parents have always been big inspirations for me. I have two kids now. So when I see the the sacrifices they made for me to have the opportunities that I have now, I'm doubly inspired.

   

Jason Thompson and Peter Bergman on the set of The Young and the Restless.

Jason Thompson as Billy Abbott and Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott on Y&R.

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Watch! is all about television's hottest shows. Tell us about The Young and the Restless and your character Billy Abbott. How has he evolved over the years?

Yeah Billy is a pretty reckless dude. He's kind of all over the place all the time, which is super fun to play. I'm excited to go to work every day.

My character has had big couple of years. He has a gambling addiction, then fell off the wagon, and had to get his life back!

   

Jason Thompson, wife Paloma Jonas, daughter Rome Coco and son Bowie Banjo attend a charity event.

Jason Thompson, wife Paloma Jonas, daughter Rome Coco, and son Bowie Banjo attend a charity event.

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What do you like to do when not filming Y&R?

I still play hockey. I surf. I have two kids so my time is pretty full with that.

   

Jason Thompson laying in a hospital bed for a scene in The Young and the Restless.

Jason Thompson in one of his first scenes as Billy Abbott on The Young and the Restless.

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Do you remember your first day on the Y&R set?

I do. I spent it in a hospital bed because my character was in a coma.

   

Jason Thompson and Amelia Heinle in The Young and the Restless.

Jason Thompson as Billy Abbott and Amelia Heinle as Victoria Nicole Newman on Y&R.

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Why did you decide to become an actor?

I love telling stories. I love to be able to do that. The medium of storytelling and television and acting is an amazing thing to try and share with people, it's a sense of connection that brings me joy.

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Jason Thompson playing character Billy Abbott on the #1 Daytime drama The Young and the Restless.

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