We Want It That Way! AJ McLean has been hitting the gym since the pandemic started... and it is showing.
The 42-year-old posted a side-by-side photo of himself on Instagram Tuesday, September 8, with the caption: “The transformation is unrecognizable and I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “Still got a ways to go but now that I’m dancing like I never have before it’s coming. #dwts #healthysoberlife #transformationtuesday.
Fans and friends showered McLean with praise on his photo. One user commented: “So proud of you.” While another wrote, “You look so happy and clear!” Illusionist and Criss Angel gushed over his friend, saying: “Keep it up bro.”
The former Backstreet Boy is gearing up for his fight for the Mirrorball trophy in the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars.
“So excited for this new journey to begin. My competition is fierce but I’ve got my eye on that mirrorball!!! 12 more days until showtime. I’m so ready to get on the stage again and make you all proud!!!! #dwts,” he captioned a photo on Instagram after the announcement he was joining the show.
The transformation has been in the works for quite some time. In August, the singer posted a shirtless video and photo of himself revealing his slimmed-down physique on Instagram. “Blood, sweat, tears. Rinse and Repeat,” he captioned the photo. He also thanked his personal trainer Bobby Strom for getting him into dancing shape. “Thank you @bobbystrom for helping me find my body and piece of mind again! This is an ongoing journey that I will never stop working on. Never felt better and more confident about my body and spirit as I do today.”
In the video, he also revealed that he’s been training “really hard” for the past five months. Captioning it: Using this time to better myself in every way. Encourage you guys to do the same. All the love! #motivation #bigthingscoming.”
The new season of Dancing With the Stars premieres September 14, on ABC.