‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Chris Meloni Shows Off Toned Muscles in New Workout Video

by Suzanne Halliburton

Christopher Meloni is 60 years old. And to kick off the new decade, the Law & Order: Organized Crime star received a new show and got the cover on a major health magazine.

Yes, Meloni still has got it, especially in his famous glutes. The cheeks went viral this spring and are a running, complimentary joke. Meloni often joins in on the fun. He’s embraced being a “Zaddy” – a very attractive, but older man.

The Law & Order: Organized Crime star showed off his moves for Men’s Health, the magazine that put Meloni on its August cover. The interviewer asked if Meloni realized he was having a pop culture moment.

Meloni quipped “My ass is.”

Law & Order: Organized Crime Star Likes the Idea of Being Fitness Star at 60

He ponders the thought of being 60 and being on the cover of a magazine that promotes men’s health and fitness.

“It’s cool as sh*t,” says the star of Law & Order: Organized Crime. “The aspect of age comes into play as far as the cover of [this magazine] and how I feel about it. 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.’ 

As part of the cover, Meloni also participated in a four-minute workout video. He can’t promise if you do his workout you’ll get his same results. But it’s worth trying, right?

Meloni’s character in Law & Order: Organized Crime is Elliot Stabler. Although the show is a new Law & Order franchise, his character is well established. He played Stabler for 12 seasons of Law & Order: SVU. His chemistry with Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson) was amazing. But Meloni also wanted a pay bump. He left the show after a contract dispute with NBC. Meloni said NBC balked at paying him more than a certain amount, so he suggested he’d take the salary but appear in fewer episodes.

“They literally came to me on a Thursday night and said, ‘This is the deal. We want the answer by tomorrow,” Meloni recalled. “It’s our way or no way.’ ”

Meloni said he told NBC: “I don’t want to f–k around with you guys. This is what I want. If you can’t do it, that’s fine. Let’s figure out my exit.” 

So Meloni left the show in 2011.

Meloni’s Career Trajectory Still On Way Up

And a decade later, he’s definitely enjoying a career renaissance. There was his massively hyped Law & Order: Organized Crime premiere. Plus, there was a crossover episode with Stabler and Benson.

There also was that viral moment. Let’s analyze how his glutes became so popular after someone posted a photo on Facebook.

“This is what has happened,” Meloni told Interview. “I’ve been blessed with glutes that have an attractive shape. But I have a trainer, and we’re going through bodybuilding phases.

“And where everyone kind of caught me was that I’d been preparing for one year in a very high-intensity weight training program that actually focused on legs. So I guess you could argue that the glute-peeping public are now reaping the benefits of all that hard work.”

Meloni introduced his trainer in the workout with Men’s Health. He said they spend four days a week working out. They’re “joined at the hip,” Meloni says, adding that the workouts have “really shown dividends.”

And made his glutes a pop culture phenom.