There’s no reason not to have a little inspiration to get you started on your fitness journey, or help along the way if you’ve already started. These guys have bulked up for movie roles, photo shoots, or just because they wanted to, and the results have been impressive to say the least. Here’s five of the best, and most inspirational.
Jason Momoa may have first hit the screens as a Baywatch guy, but he quickly transitioned to the bloodthirsty and powerfully build Karl Drogo, and will soon hit the screens as the re-imagined version of Aqua Man – judging from the build of this dedicated actor, it’s not going to be the man in tights we know from the comics.
To achieve his built physique, Jason gets up at 5am most mornings, exercising the way you imagine Scottish highlanders to, such as running up and down mountains. He also does short, high level weight training, pushing himself to increase the intensity over time.
In order to gain the body needed for his role as Thor, Hemsworth went on an intensive workout and meal plan. It was important to stay lean in order to achieve the high energy stunts he needed to do, but he also had to look like, well, a god, so an increase in muscle mass was needed as well.
To achieve this Chris mixed weight lifting, boxing, cardio and Muay Thai, and focused on building up different parts of his body on different days of the week.
Starting off as a chubby goof in TV series Parks and Recreation, Chris Pratt took on a memorable transformation for his role in Guardians of the Galaxy, and then later Jurassic World. Over the course of five months, Chris lost 60 pounds and gained a whole lot of muscle, training under the guidance of personal trainer Duffy Gaver.
The training started off with two months of body-building type exercises, followed by two more months of body-building and conditioning and finishing on a month of cardio. This balanced workout helped him achieve a ripped yet lean physique that worked perfectly for both of the roles.
It’s hard to think of a role where Tom Hardy hasn’t been shredded, and for his best known roles in Warrior and The Dark Knight Rises, he had to gain some serious muscle, which it doesn’t look like he’s going to lose anytime soon.
His personal trainer helped with the intensive workouts by breaking them down into smaller sections, allowing Hardy to do four high energy workouts that lasted around 20 minutes. They worked on kick boxing, mixed up workout moves so the body wouldn’t become too used to them, and of course did a lot of weight training.
Michael B Jordan
For his role in the latest Rocky movie, generally fairly trim Michael B Jordan got even more ripped, taking on the build of a professional boxer as Apollo Creed’s son. When training for this role he went back to basics, with traditional sit ups, weight training, speed rope for cardio, and of course a lot of boxing training.
His diet also helped build up his strong physique, with Jordan consuming six small meals a day, containing high protein foods such as eggs, chicken, leafy greens and not much else.