Wondering how top name celebrities stay in shape? How Hugh Jackman got ripped for X-men Origins? How Rambo got his swerve on at the age of 60? How Will Smith cut up for I Am Legend? How Jessica Biel carves her flat stomach?
Sylvester Stallone got serious about working out 6 weeks prior to Rambo, First Blood 2. Bodybuilder Franco Columbu was brought in to guide Stallone. He trained with the following 6 day a week, double split routine:
Monday/Wednesday/Friday AM Workout
Chest, Back and Abs
Monday/Wednesday/Friday PM Workout
Shoulders, Arms and Abs
Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday AM Workout
Calves and Thighs
Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday PM Workout
Rear Delts, Traps and Abs
Stallone performed 3-4 exercises per body part, and 3-4 sets of 8-12 reps per exercise. Nothing fancy – just good, old fashioned high volume training. For abs, he knocked out 1,000 reps on several various exercises.
Hugh Jackman trained for a year leading up to his latest X-Men flick. He hit the weights in 6 week cycles, performing 3 weeks of slow rep hypertrophy (muscle mass) training, followed by a 3 week period of balls to the wall strength training. Hugh also made sure he ate an additional 1,000 calories per day.
By alternating training styles, Jackman was able to pack on mass, while cutting away the fat.
Knowing he had lost his edge, Will Smith trained hard for the movie I, Robot. Will was guided by the former fitness trainer for Sugar Ray Leonard, Darrell Foster. Foster had Smith do the following:
Lift Weights. Will Smith hit the weights 5 days a way, performing a bodybuilding split-type routine, and never working more then 1-2 body parts per day.
Running. Smith also ran 6 days a week, logging 5 miles per day.
Boxing. Not surprisingly, Darrell Foster also had Will performing a boxing style workout twice a week.
How does Jessica Biel keep in shape, flat stomach and all? Jessica’s trainer keeps her on the following schedule:
Interval Training. Jessica performs 30 minutes of interval training, 4 days a week. She warms up with light cardio for 5 minutes, then proceeds to perform 2 weight training exercises for 10 reps, followed by one minute of intense cardio.]
This quick peak at the workouts of some top name celebrities reveals one over-arching theme…to look good, you need to hit the weights. A solid weight training routine is focused on lifting progressively heavier weights. Regardless on the exercises you choose, push to do more each workout.