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Jason Gedrick goes from yoga mat to hiking trail to boxing gym

By Cindy Pearlman | Big Picture News Inc.

The Iron Eagle himself has hit a milesone.

Jason Gedrick is 50.  The good news is that the actor’s career has never been busier with roles on “Bosche,”  “Justified” and, beginning Thursday, on the CW’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

The Gordon Tech grad is also at that age where he’s really thinking about health. “I’ve even had some very wacky yoga experiences with yogis who weren’t in that great of shape,” he says, laughing. “They couldn’t do the poses they were asking the classes to do.

“I even tried hot yoga. It’s a great way to purge toxins. I think I lost three pounds of water weight by the time I got out of class, plus I gained a euphoric lightheadedness.”

Gedrick, who has also done turns on “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Dexter,” says that feeling good is a priority these days: “Health is the best gift.” To that end, he says, “I can’t say that I’m a hardcore dietitian,” he said. “I do manage how much fat intake and preservatives I eat each day. I try to eat preservative-free foods.

“I think the best health idea is to be conscious,” he said.

Gedrick says that he “will do a steak or a burger once in awhile. But I’m probably 80 percent of the time a chicken and fish guy. I love salads. And I try to do a really good vegetable juice with multi juices at least three or four times a week.

“I’m not sure what the veggie juice does, but I hope it does something good for me,” he says with another laugh. “Maybe it’s for mental clarity!”

As for his workout tips, he says, “I love a good run or a hike. I’m also big on an intensive workout with circuit training or boxing training.”

Before starring in “The Heavenly Kid” and “Iron Eagle” in the 1980s, Gedrick was an extra on “Risky Business.”

“I was one of the high school students at the big party scene surrounded by Playboy bunnies dressed in scantily clad lingerie. I had to walk up and down the stairs with Miss November.

“It was a dream,” he sighs. “I was Jason in Wonderland.”

He’s happy with his current career, too. “One minute I’m a cop, the next I’m a serial killer,” he says. “I’m grateful that I can be believable in both. That’s the beauty of this industry.

“There is more than one change in the evolution of a career.”