Portraying a fictional character is not an easy task. Hollywood’s biggest action movie stars have to put in a lot of work to get a look of a fearsome hero, or villain.
From zero to hero: Gain muscle like Hollywood action movie stars
From Khal Drogo to Wolverine and Bane, if you want an action star body, you will have to pack on some serious muscle and get lean at the same time.Check out how the following actors, and an actress, do it.
Train like Khal Drogo
Jason Momoa has one of the hottest looking Hollywood physiques. Momoa is best known for portraying Khal Drogo, a warlord of the tribe Dohtraki from the hit series Game of Thrones.The rumour has it, his body is so hot, it sets of a smoke alarm. Jokes aide, beside Khal Drogo, Momoa is also famous for playing other fictional heroes such as Aquaman and Conan.
He stays in great shape all year round. His training includes a mix of barbell and bodyweight work. The rest in between sets is kept to minimum.Here’s one example of his regular fitness routine:
- Shoulder Press
- Incline Bench Press
- Cable Cross
- Weighted Pull-Up
Take one exercise, let’s say squats. Perform 7 reps. Take a 7-second break. Repeat this 7 times.
Rest for a half of minute and then go back to squatting. This time do 6 reps with a 6-second break. Perform 6 sets. Take another 30-second pause and repeat the set in a 5-rep (sec, sets) scheme.
Your total number of the squats should be 110.
Repeat the same thing with two other exercises.
Bane is by far one of the creepiest super villains ever. Agree?You know Bane, but do you know the real guy behind the mask?
Tom Hardy is a famous English actor admired for his roles in The Revenant, Taboo and many other movies and series. But his most memorable role so far has to be the mighty villain from The Dark Knight Rises – the Bane.
Bane is not ripped, but he does have some serious muscle mass. To transform his body, Hardy used the old-school bodybuilding approach – the 4-day split training.
- Day 1: Back and traps
- Day 2: Chest
- Day 3: Arms
- Day 4: Legs and shoulders
Here’s a sample of the back and traps routine:
Day One, two sessions: Back and TrapsSession One:
- Lateral pulldowns 3×10
- Barbell shrugs 3×10
- Dumbbell rows 3×10
- Wide Grip Barbell Shrugs 3×10
- Dumbbell shrugs 3×10
- Cable rows 3×10
- Wide grip pull-ups 3×10
- Deadlifts 10, 8, 5, 5, 3, max reps set.
The Wonder Woman fitness routine
Wonder Woman has to be one of the most influential figures among female fictional characters. Portrayed by Gal Gadot, an Israeli actress and model, Wonder Woman is also one of the most awaited movies of the spring 2017.
Gal Gadot likes to spice up things by doing various sport activities rather than just sticking to her standard fitness routine.
She goes to the gym three days a week. Her training includes everything from rowing to different animal crawls and upper body exercises such as pull-ups and push-ups.Full body workout, 1 min rest between exercises.
- Rowing: 5 min easy pace + 5 min of 10-second sprint and 50-second easy pace.
- Bear crawl: 30 meters
- Burpee with a broad jump: 30 meters
- Crab walk: 30 meters
- Pull-ups: 7 sets of 3 reps
- Ring push-up: 5 sets of 3 reps
Thor’s bodybuilding workout
Chris Hemsworth is one of those Hollywood actors who had to pack on quite a lot of muscle for his role in Thor.
His coach, a former Navy Seal, planned a classic old-school bodybuilding routine which, besides appropriate nutrition of course, helped Hemsworth built 20 pounds of muscle.Below is an example of the upper body workout:
- Pull up: 20, 15, 12, 10, 10 reps
- Push up: 5×20
- Hammer; two arm row: 4×12
- Dumbbell row: 4×12
- Swiss ball hyperextension: 25, 20, 15, 15 reps
- Bench press: 12, 10, 10, 8, 8, 4, 4, 4 reps
- Incline dumbbell bench press: 4×12
- Weighted dip: 4×10
- Cable fly: 4×12
His abs routine is a circuit of the following exercises:
- Plank: 60 sec
- Hanging leg raise: 12 reps
- Side plank: 60 sec
- Toes to bar: 12 reps
The 300 workout
Among all Hollywood fitness workouts, the 300 routine has to be the most famous one.
Gerard Butler and his crew had to build powerful physiques for their roles of the Spartan warriors. There are even rumours they had to work out for 3+ hours, 7 days a week.
The movie inspired thousands of fitness enthusiasts all over the World and in no time, the internet was flooded with “The 300 workouts”.
Here’s the most popular one:
- Pullups: 25 reps
- Deadlifts with 60 kg: 50 reps
- Push ups: 50 reps
- Box Jumps: 50 reps
- Floor Wipers: 50 reps
- Single-Arm Clean-and-Press with 16 kg Kettlebell: 50 reps
- Pull-ups: 25 reps
Lift like Wolverine
Jackman’s plan was not only to look good, but to actually develop a certain level of strength and athleticism. He spent five days a week in the gym, doing split style training.
Try his leg day routine:
- Back squat 4×4
- Front squat 4×4
- Single leg press: 4×10
- Standing calf raise: 4×12
- Hanging leg raise: 4×12
- Ab-wheel roll-out: 4×10