As long as Harry Bosch keeps catching bad guys, Titus Welliver will keep hitting the heavy bag.
Welliver has plenty of pop in his punch, though wear and tear may have slowed some of the spring in his step. Boxing drills are part of Welliver’s refocus on year-round fitness, not just on a necessary or role-based basis, as he says he’s been guilty of in the past.
If you’ve watched Welliver portray the hard-hitting, jazz-loving LAPD detective over the past seven seasons of the hit show Bosch, it goes without saying that when Bosch: legacy begins streaming May 6 on Amazon Freevee, someone must be touched. And Welliver physically braced himself for that blow.
In the spin-off series Bosch leaves the department and goes into private detective business. Often grappling not only with criminals, but also with his department bosses, Bosch now finds himself aligned with another longtime nemesis, attorney Money Chandler (played by Mimi Rogers). As the two seek justice in the City of Angels, Bosch must pay close attention to his daughter Maddie, now an LAPD herself.
Although Bosch still needs to mix things up from time to time on the streets, Welliver has delegated some high-risk moves to his stunt team this season. However, Welliver explains how and why he made the decision to constantly stay in cop ready shape through a multitude of workout styles, from boxing and select martial arts to yoga and peloton.
You just turned 60. Does your body feel different now than ten years ago?
I move a little slower, not because of age but rather because of wasted youth. I jumped off barn roofs, crashed motorcycles, did boxing, things at a time in my life when I felt indestructible. It’s all starting to catch up with me as I’m to get old. I don’t sprint like I used to, so today I just cruise around these things.
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I had a motorcycle accident about 10 years ago, but when I was about 7, I jumped out of a barn, thinking I was Mary Poppins. I had two umbrellas in my hands and I thought, “Well, that should work.” They bent, I hit the ground and broke both legs – obviously it destroyed my summer that year.
About four years later, I tried again, this time with a large umbrella. It kind of slowed my fall and I ended up twisting my ankles, but that was the end of it. So, yes, I was the first to learn slowly.
You have your original karate dojo tattooed on your shoulder. Do you still practice martial arts as much today?
I don’t do it like before. I like to hit the heavy bag and kick, and stretch, but work does not leave me the same time. That’s no excuse, I just find myself unable to devote the same amount of time.
As a young child, I was very involved in martial arts. I studied jiujitsu and eventually got into kenpo and krav maga, which isn’t really a martial art, but a great fighting system.
I took my daughter to Krav Maga and my son is really into BJJ these days. I think martial arts are very important not only for self-defense, but also as a fantastic way to keep yourself in good physical condition.
Have you ever had to use martial arts in real situations?
Something was bound to happen – there’s always going to be a jerk no matter how hard you try to talk him out of it or talk him out of being aggressive – and that’s usually when he’s had too much to drink – who won’t understand the message .
Several years ago, a guy hosted a party I was at, and he got really aggressive with one of the guests and pushed her. Let’s say after that, he took a little nap.
So it looks like martial arts would be a perfect fit for Harry Bosch.
Bosch’s initial training was in Fifth Special Forces Grouphe therefore underwent considerable training in hand-to-hand combat there.
In one episode, Harry is undercover and gets caught on a plane by drug dealers, and these guys are going to throw him off the plane and kill him. He carries a sword cane with him, and sticks the first guy then spins him around when he gets shot by another guy firing his gun. The second guy has Bosch hanging from the side door of the plane, Bosch punches him in the throat and puts his thumb deep in the guy’s eye socket, kicks him out of the plane. It was a good fight.
What makes a good Bosch fight scene?
Whenever we do these type of fight scenes, I always want it to be messy and look real. If I want to watch awesome stuff, I’ll watch Jet Li or Bruce Lee do it – those are worth their weight in gold. But when we fight stuff, we try to keep it authentic, but still a bit messy.
What have been your biggest training adjustments for you these days?
I used to say “I have three months to train and get back in shape for any movie or show, whether it’s shedding a few pounds or adding muscle. Now I don’t continue training with the same kind of abandon, which wasn’t very solid anyway.
A couple of my friends who are coaches would always notice it and be like, ‘Man, do you know why you’re always hurt and can’t lift your arms? That’s because you’re not supposed to pick up 45-pound dumbbells on day one. So now I try to be more like water and less like rock.
So what are you doing differently?
I find the best thing to do is change the diet a bit. Now I have added more bodyweight exercises, I changed my cardio and I don’t train as much with free weights. I’ll add yoga, hit the heavy bag, speed bag work, treadmill, jump rope, and have found it to be just as effective as weight training. In fact, I think I may be stronger doing bodyweight work than lifting weights.
Depending on my schedule, I try to do at least 40 good minutes of cardio, four or five times a week.
What does your home gym look like?
I just got a platoon, I got an infrared sauna. I have a station, dip bar, pull up bar, pull up bars. I have a rounded heavy bag. I have a standing punching bag. I have an elliptical, and I have a treadmill. And I had one of those exercise things called the mirror. I can do you can do lessons. So, and a lot of heavy ropes, different weight ropes and things like these concentration mitts.
Yes, I have free weights, but nothing too heavy. I think the heaviest can be a 30 pound dumbbell.
How does Bosch stay ready for the cops?
This season, there were chase scenes in which I had a little more fit cardio. Also, we were shooting in downtown LA and it was about 105 degrees outside, which was really intense. I will do as many things as I can.
I always think it’s best for the actor to do that kind of stuff, but now I have a great stunt double, jumping out of a fire escape on top of a building, which I might have be wanted to do. in my 20s. Now I have enough common sense to leave that to the professionals. There are a lot of people in our crew who depend on me to be in one piece so they can make a living, so I don’t take too many risks like I used to.
Bosch loves jazz, what do you listen to when you practice?
Sometimes I train to jazz it up depending on when I do cardio. actually, I listen to pretty hardcore musicI listen to Deftones, Tool, Filter, Nine Inch Nails because I think it really motivates me.
But when I meditate or do yoga, I listen to Japanese shakuhachi flute music. If I hit the bag, I’ll try to find R&B, hip-hop or something that just had a different pulse. But in the same way, you know Tool or Filter or Nine Inch Nails is great when you’re really crying on the bag and just trying to sweat it out. It’s okey for me.
I think I’ll get too soft if I put on some jazz – it’s good for the sauna. I go into the sauna and that’s where I put Coltrane from the Miles Davis and I decompress.
How important are yoga and meditation to your recovery/recovery?
Yoga has been really especially helpful for my old broken bones and issues like that. I find a little yoga before and after some good stretching, and I’m going to dive into the infrared sauna, which is worth its weight in gold. Swimming has also helped me a lot. And I thought about taking one of those ice baths, but man, it’s not for the faint of heart.
Meditation also helps. When I’m filming, I have about 20 minutes for a meal break. Usually I use this time to review my material for the next day, but often I’ll go off and do five, 10, 15 minutes of meditation, maybe stretch a bit too, and that really energizes me. .
What is your diet now?
I just try to eat sensibly. I tried somehow reduce consumption of processed foods, although I wouldn’t be honest if I said I don’t like the occasional Big Mac. I love red meat, but I try not to eat so much of it. Now it’s more lean protein, lots more fish, and more greens, except kale, I can’t make kale anymore. It’ll be fine if I never have kale again. But I’ll take lots of spinach, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower.
I’ve never been a big milk drinker, probably not since I stopped growing up, but I try to avoid dairy as much as possible, but I love cheese. Again, I just tried to be a bit more aware of what I eat and try to put in as much clean organic food as possible.
Every once in a while, I love a jar of Skippy Peanut Butter more than anyone. I love peanut butter, and normally I have healthier stuff, but once in a while I’ll treat myself to a jar of Skippy I know it’s not great, I’ll just practice a little more strong, so get over my guilt very quickly.
On set, I live on this juice – 50 Shades of Green Juice – which is just filled with greenery. I’m going to hammer them all day, like four to six of them. They really support my energy to the point where the bottom doesn’t fall.