OFFSTAGE: Tim McGraw Looks Like Iron Man to Grace Potter

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Tim McGraw works out. Have you noticed? Even if you haven’t caught one of his Brothers of the Sun shows, it’s pretty much all anyone is talking about. Even tourmate Grace Potter was amazed at McGraw’s dedication to his, um, craft. “Tim has most incredible workout regime,” Potter told me Saturday (July 7) before he took the stage in Chicago. She’d actually watched him work out on a recent tour stop and was explaining a couple of his exercises to me. “He was lifting tires over his head. Like huge truck tires. Then, he had these two thick heavy black ropes — like as big as your hands — and they were tied to a fork lift, and he was taking the ropes and going like this.” (I think that one is called rope undulation, battle roping or fire hosing, depending on who you ask, and is popular among football players.) She admitted, “I felt like I was sneaking into the Pentagon watching him work out. The guy is fit as a fiddle. And now I know why. He’s the most healthy guy on this tour. There’s no contest. He looks like Iron Man, in the Iron Man suit.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.