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Usher Covers the 25th Anniversary Issue of Men’s Health Magazine (Photo Gallery)

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Usher shows-off his athletic build on the 25th anniversary cover of Men’s Health. The singer and actor reveals his workout regimen, which was ramped up for his upcoming role as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in “Hands of Stone.”

“Mentally, I’m the type of person who can ignore the pain. Put it somewhere else and allow my body to just go there,” he tells the magazine. “But I always suffer. You can’t box, ride a bike for 20 miles in the heat—Georgia heat—and then go to the studio and rehearse. That’s not happening.”

But Usher says the role involves much more than physical training.

“My commitment to this character demands that I not only physically get ready, but also become him,” he says. “The hair, the personality, the manner he conducts himself in—all that. He’s an incredible man.”

See more of Usher in the gallery below.

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