Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Wolverine Workout - Lean and Fit Like Hugh Jackman

Michael Ryan, the trainer to Hugh Jackman who plays the role of Wolverine, shares his tips and strategies. It's no suprise. The keys are eating right and shaping up in the following guidelines (from TODAY).

Note: Here is the real busy man's training program to train and look like a woverine.


  1. Hugh trained for 1.5 hours, 6 times a week for 12 weeks. This was based on 4 or 5 lifting sessions and a cardiovascular session. According to Ryan this was not a complicated regime at all. It is someone anyone can do. (Note: Hugh was already quite fit – it would take someone of lower fitness, longer to achieve similar body).
  2. Anyone who starts an exercise program that is well designed will get results that are noticeable within weeks. Hugh is 40, and didn't face any issues getting his Wolverine-esque body. Men can peak in their mid-40's, so age isn't as big a factor as you'd think. Getting the body you want is about balance and dedication. It's not hard to maintain muscle if you are committed to keeping up a routine.
  3. Health benefits of gaining muscle & reducing body fat are that muscle supports & protects bones and joints & strengthens bones, you become fitter, which is great for overall health and well being. Michael splits the sessions between muscle groups. One day he'll get Hugh to focus on chest and triceps, and on another day will focus on back and biceps).
  4. Diet plays a huge part in getting a lean, ripped body like Hugh's. Avoid processed foods (including 'low fat' foods). Eat lots of protein and fresh steamed vegetables).
  5. The key to success with Hugh's body was variation. A lot of guys do the same workout in the gym but you need to work different muscles, build on the weight you can lift and get your heart beating with a mix of running, swimming or cross-training. The fundamental training principles are based on the core body-building moves such as squats, deadlifts, presses - simple moves, which Michael mixes up. He changes the angles on the bench, plays with the tempo, weight, time, rest. The same workout can be done ten different ways by making these small changes.






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