Law & Order: Organized Crime star Christopher Meloni admits that he’s a bit of a gym rat. He works out constantly to stay in shape. But it’s probably pretty easy when you’ve got an exercise partner like his.
He shared a photo of his adorable yoga buddy recently on Instagram. Meet Scotty, Meloni’s dog and yoga partner. The Law & Order star snapped a photo of the dog splayed out on “their” yoga mat, really getting into the whole zen nature of the exercise.
“Post yoga chill pose,” he captioned the photo.
But to hear Meloni tell it, he could probably skip the yoga and enjoy some quality time with Scotty. He told PetAge that his dog always helps him find some peace.
“They always calm me,” he explains. “They’ve just got this ability to calm me down. Yeah, they’re a great decompression. It beats taking pills.”
Meloni is an advocate for adopting shelter dogs. He adopted Scotty from a shelter down South. The dog was abused and terrified at first, but after some bonding — yoga and otherwise — the two are inseparable.
“Scotty was also a shelter dog, but he was shipped up from the South,” Meloni told the site. “I don’t know what he went through, but he was a traumatized guy. I look at him and can tell he’s suffering from PTSD. But he’s been great. He’s such a character. Scotty is the zen master. He’s such a chill dog.”
Christopher Meloni Talks Staying Fit for ‘Law & Order: OC’
Prepare yourself for this, but Christopher Meloni is 60. The man who chases down bad guys on Law & Order: Organized Crime and is in better shape than most men who are 30, is eligible for an AARP card. But he admits that he spends hours in the gym every week to keep his famous posterior.
Meloni adheres to a brutal workout regime to keep his body in fighting form. Men’s Health recently did a cover story on him that featured one of his workouts. It’s intense, but he says it’s necessary.
Exercise is his “therapy, church, meditation, and a kind of personal re-engagement where the brain and the body get to talk to one another,” he explained after spending 90 minutes in the gym with a reporter.
It’s a routine he’s followed for years. And he’s not sure why his body is getting so much extra attention online now than it did when he was on Law & Order: SVU. But he’s happy to oblige his fans with a nearly-nude cover of the magazine.
“The aspect of age comes into play as far as the cover of [this magazine] and how I feel about it,” he said in the September 2021 cover story, which details his intense fitness regimen. “A friend of mine said, ‘Did you ever think in a million years you’d be on the cover of Men’s Health?’ I said, ‘Certainly not at age 60.’”