James Van Der Beek Reveals How Dancing on DWTS Changed His Body in Shirtless Selfies Taken before and after the Show

James Van Der Beek's post-DWTS physique is body goals for all the men out there and total eye candy for the women. He gave us not one but two pictures to swoon over. 

The 42-year-old "Dawson's Creek" star is fresh off his elimination from "Dancing With The Stars" (DWTS) last week. Hannah Brown went on to win in the finale. 

Van Der Beek's run was a good one as he made it to the semi-finals. But, arguably, even better was the body he gained as a result of all the dancing he did. His post is found below.

Van Der Beek shows his hot bod

The "Varsity Blues" star took to Instagram on Tuesday to share similar selfie photos taken before and after he began his journey on DWTS. In both of them, he was shirtless and wore a pair of blue jeans. 

The actor also looked to be wearing the same gold chain and brown belt in the pictures. He even seemed to be holding up the same phone used to take the shots. 

James Van Der Beek attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater | Photo: Getty Images

James Van Der Beek attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater | Photo: Getty Images

The difference was substantial

What was different, though, was his entire upper body in the second picture. In it, Van Der Beek's abs were super defined, and his chest noticeably more toned. 

His biceps seemed a little tighter to go with the change, and if anything, his face showed he was quite pleased with himself — that dreamy jawline will never quite go away. 

James Van Der Beek attends the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena | Photo: Getty Images

James Van Der Beek attends the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena | Photo: Getty Images

He explains both circumstances

In the comments, fans also playfully pointed out that his hair got better as it was neater in the second picture. Van Der Beek wrote in the caption: "Fight training vs. dancing..." 

He continued

"I'd been training in Muay Thai three days a week for about six months (for the next project I'm writing) when I hit pause to dance six hours a day. Now I can rhumba."

DWTS' Emma Slater gives her input

Van Der Beek's former DWTS Emma Slater gave an insightful comment about the post-training vs. the post-dancing comparison. Rightfully, she noted how dancing gave more complete definition. 

The actor's inspirational post follows the announcement he made last week during DWTS. He and his wife Kimberly Brooks revealed that they lost their sixth child due to a tragic late-pregnancy miscarriage. 

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Wrecked. Devastated. In shock. That’s how we’re feeling right now after the soul we thought were going to welcome into our family in April... has taken a short cut to whatever lies beyond this life. We’ve been through this before, but never this late in the pregnancy, and never accompanied by such a scary, horrific threat to @vanderkimberly and her well-being. Grateful that she’s now recovering, but we’ve only just begun unpacking the layers of this one. Thank you to all of our friends and co-workers (and dance partners) who have shown up for us so beautifully during this time. As many of you have said, “There are no words...” and it’s true. Which is why in a time like this it’s enough to know that you’re there. Grieving AND counting our blessings today.

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Slater shared how DWTS helped Van Der Beek

In addition to the positive effects DWTS had on Van Der Beek's figure, Slater also revealed last week that it helped him get through the pain he had to deal with. 

Speaking to People, the professional dancer said that after the actor's wife convinced him to continue on the show, he told her he "needed" it as it provided an "outlet" and a way "to feel normal." 

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Thrilled beyond belief to announce that another little bundle of joy has picked us to be their family. We chose to have our first ultrasound on camera with our #DWTS crew capturing the result - something I NEVER thought we’d ever do... but @vanderkimberly and I have been through three of those first appointments to discover either no heartbeat, or no baby, and she wanted to share this moment. Miscarriage (a word that needs a replacement - nobody failed to “carry”, these things sometimes just happen) is something that people rarely talk about, and often go through in secret. But there needs to be zero shame around it, or around giving yourself the time and space to grieve. We decided to put ourselves out there - not knowing what we’d find - in an effort to chip away at any senseless stigma around this experience and to encourage people who might be going through it to open themselves up to love & support from friends and family when they need it most. Happily, for us - this time- we walked out with tears of joy. #AndThenIDancedAQuickStep. • Pic by @jilliangoulding

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We can only imagine the pain Van Der Beek and Brooks are still enduring, but it's a relief to see that they're pushing through and taking time to keep their health up. We hope they continue getting by. 

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