Why Most Celebrity Workout Routines Are Overrated

June 29, 2009

I have to come clean and admit something before I begin this post. I use celebrity workout routines and various celebrity names to pull in additional visits to my site. For some reason, celebrities get more searches than any other subject matter online. I’m not impressed by an actor or actress who spends 3 hours per day for 2-3 months getting in shape for a role. It just shows me that they haven’t adopted a lifestyle of health and fitness. Getting in shape isn’t an impressive feat if it takes too much time. What is more impressive; someone with a lean and slim body who spends 10-12 per week training, or someone who is slim and only spends 3-5 hours per week training? Easy answer!

celebrity workout routines

[Things aren’t always as they appear in Hollywood. Celebrities have several tools at their disposal to make themselves appear better on camera than they do in their day-to-day lives.]

“Can You Tell Me [name of star]’s Workout Routine?”

One of the top questions on my site is to outline exact celebrity workout routines. When I started my site, I knew that celebrity workouts got a huge number of search queries. Because of that, I did write a decent amount of articles based around celebrity names. I knew there wasn’t anything magical about a particular celebrity’s routine, but I figured it would be a great way to find people looking for the slim “Hollywood physique” that my site is geared towards. It worked very well and still works today. In fact, I probably will do another celebrity post soon. When I do, you will know exactly what is going on.

I’m Not Impressed by Most Celebrity Workout Routines!

To be honest, most of the celebrity routines I see outlined are really, really basic. These workouts look like they were taken right out of a 1990’s fitness magazine…3-4 exercises per body part, 10-15 reps per set, hours of low intensity cardio, and eating specific meals every few hours. When I calculate the time spent exercising it winds up being 15-20 hours per week at times! This isn’t a lifestyle…this is just “getting ready” for a movie…big difference!

HGH Injections – Hollywood’s Dirty Little Secret

I have never addressed the issue of the widespread use of HGH injections in Hollywood. The reason for this, is that I don’t want people to get discouraged and give up on getting slim and dropping excess body fat. Many of the stars that people look up to as having ideal physiques got there with diet, workouts, and pharmaceutical HGH. You can reach the same level of definition and achieve the same look as big-time celebrities…but you can’t do so by copying their routines!

HGH Injections Work, Even With Terrible Workout Routines

Studies in the late 80’s showed that muscle gain and significant fat loss occurred with HGH injections, even in the absence of exercise. I have seen first hand in my gym what HGH can do to someone’s appearance. A 50 year-old gentleman in my gym I recently spoke with was prescribed “HGH therapy” from his doctor this past spring. In less than two months he has gone from flabby, to ultra-ripped. He had a hard time losing the last 20 pounds of fat, but since his HGH therapy it hasn’t been a problem. What is funny is that he is doing the exact same (ineffective) routine that he has been doing for the past 5 years…but now he “appears” to be in outstanding shape.

I’m Skeptical of Any “Miraculous” Celebrity Transformation

There are several actors and actresses who seem to stay in shape year-round. They may or may not be taking HGH…I have no idea most of the time. What I do know is that when an actor or actress achieves a “miraculous” transformation in 2 months, there is most likely a doctor’s prescription involved. Even with their 2-3 hour daily workouts and rabbit-like diet…some of the drastic results I’ve seen are too much to be achieved in such a short period of time.

You CAN Get a Hollywood Body Without HGH, But…

You are not going to get in top shape by following most of the celebrity workout routines you see outlined in magazines and on fitness sites. Some of these routines are so archaic they make me cringe. You need to be much more strategic in your approach and you will have to be smarter as far as diet goes. Copying a routine will get you nowhere. On this site I occasionally list specific routines, but the goal is for people to get a deep understanding of how things work and fit together. Once you understand the core principles, you can put together a routine that will smoke most of the celebrity workout routines.

Note: I am expecting some people to comment and explain the benefits of injecting HGH. I have a clear “No Injections” policy for staying healthy. I believe that medicine is only to be used in very special circumstances, if long-term health is your goal.

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Studio Element Personal Training June 29, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Many celebrity workouts are designed for quick results and quite often aren’t realistic to maintain for the long term.

Michael - Fat Loss Reviews June 29, 2009 at 10:18 pm

I heard about the HGH injections before but didn’t realize how widespread it was. Thanks for the clip! Also heard similar disturbing things in wrestling circles but that’s not much of shocker now is it.

David June 29, 2009 at 10:25 pm

I’m not sure about dismissing routines designed to “get ready” for movies. Of course sustainable healthy lifestyles are best in the long run, but who hasn’t wanted to gear up their weight loss or muscle tone for a special event (wedding, swimsuit season, etc.)? I would say that “quick fix” routines certainly have a place in fitness, if only in supplying what customers want.

Greg Cook June 29, 2009 at 11:16 pm

This is kind of funny that you would post this now because I just got done seeing transformers 2 and one of the girls in the group of people I went with said after the movie that she was going home to look up Megan Fox’s diet and exercise plan.

In my opinion most celebrities are highly inconsistent with their diet and exercise plans but can you really blame them? They have to travel a lot then they work on set at movies and what not. They just got an extremely busy life, and it would take massive motivation to stay on a good diet and exercise plan.

JC June 29, 2009 at 11:40 pm

I somewhat agree with what SEPT said but just think about where we get these “celebrity workouts.” We tend to get them from large media publications(both off and online).

What is the main goal of these publications? It’s to sell, sell, sell. The mass audience wants a quick fix, therefore the media gives them what they want.

No one can tell me that Will Smith dieted down for I Am Legend in a months time. he was ripped. That definitely takes 8-12 weeks depending on where he started out. It will surely take longer for the the inexperienced and overfat person.

Again these routines are made to be appealing to the masses. People want results and they want them yesterday.

Greeno June 29, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Rusty, watching that vid reminded me of the documentary ‘Bigger, Stronger, Faster’. it’s the same format as Sicko etc..have you seen it? The bit they do on supplement use is really interesting…practically anyone can start their own supplemt label in the US. anyway, would be great to have named some celebs in your post but that could be a little risky! exercise should be a lifestyle, i agree with you…

Jim June 30, 2009 at 12:03 am

It’s unfortunate that people think they need that extra “edge” to go to where they want to be.

i would prescribe a little “sensibility” and a dash of “hard work”. Maybe a little bit of “diligence” and perhaps those people can see results.

Burak June 30, 2009 at 12:08 am

Rusty,
You’ve mentioned HGH in the past when discussing the “HGH flush” that results from properly doing high-intensity intervals, if I remember correctly. Any idea how the amounts compare: (natural) flush vs (scary) injections? This probably varies by many factors like age and whatnot but still, it would be nice to get an idea of the relative scale/impact. Thanks!

NYBouncer June 30, 2009 at 12:20 am

Good article!

Frank Z June 30, 2009 at 12:30 am

i am absolutely not surprised that 50 cent has allegations around him of steroids, he blew up so much after his first big album cover. you gotta love how they tried to redeem themsevles at the end of the vid by saying that hard bodies still demand diet and lots of work. i guess this shows that there can be a big difference between just being in shape and being healthy. also, their faces are so unnaturally colored with sly stallone and the other 60 year old guy in the vid. you really just cannot mess with mother nature like that.

Scott June 30, 2009 at 1:34 am

Show me any solid research that GH does anything for building muscle or anything for performance for that matter.

Norbi June 30, 2009 at 2:32 am

How true about the search thing… In fact I found your site looking for info on Cam Gigandet’s physique. Good points in the article and good marketing move! 😉

Josh June 30, 2009 at 3:03 am

The only routine I’ve ever followed with success and enjoyment was Jason Statham’s circuits. That man is crazy. I’ve never been so beat and sore from a workout– he employed rope climbs, barbell exercises, bear crawls, and a multitude of other exercises that will beat you to a pulp. Look it up if you get the chance!

Liam | gyms stevenage June 30, 2009 at 3:47 am

People really cannot expect to get physiques like hollywood stars. Most people don’t have the time, money or motivation to train as hard and eat as clean as hollywood actors.

Burhan June 30, 2009 at 4:05 am

Hi Rusty,

Came across this http://www.abercrombieworkout.com
Can’t believe how you can go from just about any body fat percentage to being ripped in 5 months. Of which, only the last 2 are dedicated to fat loss.

Like Burak, I would also like to know how the “natural HGH flush” you talk about getting from a HIIT session compares to these HGH shots.

Thanks,
Burhan

Chris - ZTF June 30, 2009 at 4:48 am

More people than you could ever imagine are taking steroids these days. Its definitely something of a taboo as the users only tell their user friends in the gym that they are on something so if your out of the loop you will never know. I have only met a handful of people who admit to their use of steroids and they are the people who can easily point out who is taking something….

Don’t be disheartened by the slow results of being a natural at least your health will remain solid in the long haul, Also its important not to compare your results to others at the gym as their is so much variance when it comes to factors like genetics or drug use that the only person to compare yourself to is yourself!

Good post Rusty!

Baz June 30, 2009 at 4:53 am

Hey rusty,

i remember you once said that brad Pitt in fight club was about 76kg with around 6-7 percent body fat. I wanted to ask you after just watching oceans thirteen again, do you know what he might be weighing in this movie? More? Less? I ask because I realized that he looks really food in clothes especially suits pants and shirts. I am about to become an architect so this is pretty much what I’ll be wearing all the time and being on my training program now I need a goal weight and you seem to be good at judging peoples weight and what looks good.

Thanks rusty

Psychologist June 30, 2009 at 5:02 am

hGH is not steroids. It’s a completely different hormone. That said I can understand why Sly might abuse it. It has, after all, been sold as a “rejuvenation” treatment and the Stallion is 60 now. He should get off it, though. The side-effects of hGH abuse are pretty damn serious.

skipper June 30, 2009 at 5:42 am

rusty,

great post! yes, i have a hard time believing that brad pitt looked as good as he did in fight club, or snatch even. not when you are on the plane all the time, crazy film schedule, etc. i think you need some stability in your life in order to achieve optimal results, and simple things like getting a good night sleep matter!

that being said, this question is somewhat offtopic, and i think it has been mentioned before, but i was wondering what your opinion is regarding skipping. i have been doing it steadily for the last three weeks (my legs are ready for it since ive been running for a long time) and its greatly improved my physique, stamina, etc. i do it in HIIT for 1/2-1 hour and its a _massive_ workout. it also never gets boring once you do can crossovers, twisting from side to side, etc. running can become boring.

i am just wondering, since you are always so spot-on regarding exercises (thanks for the planks!) and their various +/-, if there is a specific reason you avoid skipping? does something detrimental happen to your body that i am not aware of? does it tone your body in weird way? or do you just plain-jane not like it? i just want to make sure if there are any negatives i should be aware of…so far i have not found any in my research!

skipper June 30, 2009 at 7:38 am

ahh shoot, i meant “looks as good”…but hey, if he does, i am impressed!

Mindbodygoal June 30, 2009 at 7:46 am

Great post Rusty

As others have intimated, I think its a sign of the times with the “quick fix” culture that many find themselves in.

Thing is HGH use is becoming more and more widespread and not just amongst celebretites – i think this is partly due to its availability via the internet these days thus bringing down the cost.

A sad sign of the times I feel.

Best Workout Reviews June 30, 2009 at 8:29 am

I think a lot of people underestimate just how much work a lot of celebrities put in on a regular basis to keep themselves fit and healthy looking.
So when they say they’ve done an “intensive workout” to get in shape in a month or two, they where already starting from a point that could takes 6 months for someone else to get to?

I lot of the workouts are good but will not revolutionise your look in a few weeks, a few months of persistent effort is usually what it needs,

all the best,
Mike

LG June 30, 2009 at 9:34 am

Most of us want the ripped body without really changing our lifestyle. Steriods, HGH and other drugs help, but at what cost? I agree with you Rusty that if you’re willing to change your eating habits and workout habits it can be done naturally. Since the beginning of Feb., I’ve lost 30 lbs! I’m 5’9″ and went from 185 to 155 through sensible workouts and eating style (cut a lot of the carbs and refined sugars). I’m 39 yrs old and am in as good of shape as when I was 18. Thanks for your posts and guest posts, Rusty. Keep them coming!

Irish June 30, 2009 at 11:44 am

Rusty,

Great article. Hopefully this gets across to anyone who is stuck thinking celebrities are something special. Some are talented but a lot are hacks and for the most part the celebrity worship in our country is disgusting and bad for the overall health and intelligence of our nation.

I do have a question though. What are the ways a person can workout and eat to maximize their own HGH output naturally. Do you know of any specific ways to eat or foods to eat the increase HGH? What about specific lifts? Lastly, what HIIT workout do you think is best to spike HGH?

Thanks Rusty

chica June 30, 2009 at 11:59 am

I’m interested in the effects (natural) HGH has on muscle growth and fat loss. You mention the HGH “flush” as being important for fat loss, but when I try and search for it online, I just find lots of sites about HGH injections. Do you have a good link to information of the effects natural HGH variations have on your body? Or could you do an article on it soon please?

Sam June 30, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Rusty,

I had a question regarding diet. I am currently volunteering in Mexico and living with a family here. The diet is obviously very different here consisting of a lot of corn tortillas at every meal, beef, chicken, seafood and beans. I am in a tough situation since I want to respect the cultural boundaries but continue to lose weight. I will be here for another 5 weeks and actually have done well to lose weight by playing soccer, despite the diet. I have tried to eat corn tortillas and non refried beans as much as possible when haveing carbs and also sticking to a lot of seafood, fruits and vegetables. What are your recommendations on how I can continue to lose weight and be respectful at the same time? I have been eating mostly corn tortillas and vegetables since they are unprocessed and much healthier than the flour tortillas or refried beans. On a different note, I was wondering whether people can continue to hold fat in their face despite losing weight? I can tell I have been losing some weight since my size 32 waist jeans are much looser than before I left, to the point where I dont have to unbutton them to take them off. However, My face seems to still be very puffy and less defined then I am looking for. I know one cannot spot reduce fat, but do you have any advice on how I can address this problem? Finally, last thing I promise. I would like to get down to my goal weight by the time I return to the states, in 5 weeks. I have been playing a lot of soccer and swimming . I would guess I am around 172 pounds right now and would like to get down to 155 pounds. What is the best way to do this in the next 5 weeks with the diet I have available and the type of exercise I am doing?

Thanks for the help.

Yash June 30, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Rusty,
I know firsthand what you’re talking about with the HGH results even with a lack of activity. My brother, who was born premature, was recently prescribed growth hormone because of hormone and growth deficiencies due to thyroid underdevelopment. He used to be a scrawny 100 lb kid. He’s been on it a few months, and he’s already put on 30 pounds of pure muscle and lost fat, while hitting the gym only sparingly, and even then, at his age and experience level, he doesn’t entirely know what to do when he’s there. Even compared to kids his age going through their normal growth spurts his results are a bit ridiculous. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t jealous, considering I’ve been working pretty hard for half the results.

Point being, the general public does tend to downplay the advantage of growth hormone and other anabolics when trying to mimic celebrity workouts.

Yash

JC June 30, 2009 at 2:29 pm

@Sam, about the face fat… as you get leaner altogether your face will as well. Not much else you really can do about it.

About the respect thing… perhaps just eat one very full plate and fill it up with veggies and other choices that aren’t so calorie dense.

as far as your weight loss goal… I suggest that you give yourself a lil more time. Going for ~3.5lb loss per week is a bit radical at your size. if body composition is of any importance to you, I recommend that you take a more moderate approach and not get so hung up on reaching your goal weight in such a short time frame.

Cindy June 30, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I think when your life partially involves being scutinized by the public eye for your appearance than it becomes more of a priority. Also more money usually means access to more resources, which certainly does not justify using dangerous injections.

I know that I have been interested in celebrity workout routines because alot of female celebs usually look in shape but not too masculine/athletic which I know can be a fear for some women. So that’s why I think that topic gets so many hits, who doesn’t want to look good lol.

Rafi Bar-Lev - The Fitness Adviser June 30, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Rusty,

First of all, I agree that celebrities are not good role models since for the most part, they constantly fluctuate with their weight and only train for movies.

As far as Human Growth Hormone goes…

I think that Human Growth Hormone is still something that is not completely understood. I only found one study from the 90’s that seemed to show a positive effect on older men who were lacking in HGH. Other than that, I found claims that HGH might increase cancer risk, but no studies accompanying them.

In fact, the 1990’s study on HGH seems to be the only good study done on HGH at all, and it seems to be a positive one. Does that mean that I believe everyone should get injected with HGH this second?

No, but it means that I believe that more studies should be done to find out if there are indeed overall health benefits from HGH in older men. If there are, it may turn out to be a medical breakthrough for society. If not, then people can stop making claims about it.

I love your site and think your posts are amazing, but I think that the prevailing attitude among the fitness community of “all injections = dangerous steroids” is not an attitude that will help encourage the research of healthy and safe injections that can help people.

Cheers,

Rafi Bar-Lev

Brandon June 30, 2009 at 4:26 pm

It’s really sad that so many celebs are taking the easy way out of preparing for movies.

I found it particularly odd when the “out of shape” Gerard Butler buffed up for his movie 300 in no time at all. Same for Ryan Reynolds in Blade Trinity. These guys are getting bigger AND leaner in an unnaturally short amount of time!

I wish we could go back to the days of Steve Reeves and Jack LaLanne, when hard work was more valued than a quick fix.

Here is awesome quote from Steve Reeves: “I don’t believe in bodybuilders using steroids. If a man doesn’t have enough male hormones in his system to create, a nice hard, muscular body, he should take up ping pong.”

….great advice

Skyler Tanner June 30, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Rusty,

The research doesn’t support HGH doing much of anything in trained athletes. Research had this to say about the elderly:

“When rhGH administration was combined with 16 weeks of resistance exercises, increases in muscle mass, muscle
protein synthesis, and muscle force were not greater in the rhGH-treated group than in a weight training group that received placebo injections. Side effects of rhGH treatment in elderly people are prevalent, not trivial, and further limit its usefulness as an effective anabolic agent for promoting muscle protein accretion in men and women. In particular, the induction of insulin resistance and carpal tunnel compression reduces the efficacy of rhGH replacement therapy in elderly individuals.”

I’ve covered this on my blog: If injects aren’t doing anything, why should we get all worked up about GH release around our workout?

Best,
Skyler

Peter the Freshmen June 30, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Rusty,

This quesiton is unrelated so I apoligize but I was hoping you could get me an answer. I have small calves and no ass but big thighs (just my genetics). I am in good shape but in shorts it looks like a have chicken legs because my upper body is muscular and developed and you can’t see my thighs only my really skinny calves. In business attire I have no ass so my pants don’t fit the way they should and I just have a lot of baggy material there. Do you know of any lifts that would get my butt to grow with keeping my thighs from growing? What lifts are best to get size in the calves?

Donkey Lips June 30, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Rusty,

Quick question. Is it possible to grow muscle in specific areas while in a caloric deficit. Specifically, could a person put size on their arms any other place I suppose while dropping 1 to 2 pounds of fat per week? If not, then in your opinion what works best: Losing weight first to get to 6% to 8% body fat and then trying to add muscle by taking creatine and eating lots of protien at a calorie surplus? Or just the opposite, gaining size and then cutting? In the end I suppose you just kind of yo – yo for the rest of your life getting lean adding size getting lean etc. The Grass is always greener huh?

Greg at Live Fit June 30, 2009 at 5:51 pm

I’m 100% with you. I’ve no doubt HGH helps some people, but just like any drug it’s not without its risks. Tread carefully.

Helder June 30, 2009 at 5:53 pm

There are no health benefits whatsoever for taking those shots, those celebs are destroying their health for a movie part, i know it’s a lot of money, but then what?

If they had adopted a healthy Lifestyle, it would be much better, and they wouldn’t need to use drugs to get in shape.

There’s nothing magical about training 4/5 months, almost everyday without having to do anything more all day. It’s an old trick, get close to overtraining with high volume workouts and then rest, and your body will change almost magically

Anyway even without drugs it’s not healthy, and it demands a lot of sacrifice for those months, all you do is train, supposing your rich and don’t have to work or have a family to take care of

It’s not healthy, it’s not practical, having a balanced Life it’s the way to go, it will take longer to achieve your goals, but you’ll do it while enjoying Life and a good Health

tylersg3 June 30, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Rusty,
They don’t take HGH. They simply, eat grilled chicken & broccoli for 2 months! But seriously, I’ve heard there are some beneficial sides to HGH. What do you think? Which celebrities do you think actually work hard, play fair, & look good?

David June 30, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Also remember that most celebrities are selected from a pool of very good looking people with very good physiques to begin with that give them a lot of leeway with how they treat their bodies.

Following Brad Pitt’s routine for Fight Club will produce similar results if you started off looking like Brad Pitt before the routine and carried single digit bodyfat without effort, copy this sentence for any other celebrity you could care to name.

Josh June 30, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Thought provoking post. The Stars also have make up and camera angles working for them. You can get a guy pretty lean and then enhance that with a good spray on tan (not the orange bodybuilder one.) then “etch” abs onto a physique. I think the big point here is that people shouldnt sacrafice long term health by essentially taking a risk on the unknown. Do your HIIT, lift heavy, get a solid nutrition plan together and at the end of the day if you still end up a size or two bigger no big deal! You will feel better and look better than about 90% of the people around you. Exercise and nutrition should help you to have a better quality of life they should not become a neurotic obsession.

M0L June 30, 2009 at 8:37 pm

wow, I was so naive…I didn’t even know that you could get an HGH by prescription…

JE Gonzalez June 30, 2009 at 9:48 pm

I have always thought the same thing! But from time to time I check out an issue of Men’s Health, and sometimes find something that catches my eye. The only celebrity diet and program that I actually liked was Jason Statham’s. It was intense, had great full-body workouts and the diet was simple but super effective. Mostly paleo foods with a 2000-cal limit.
http://gohealthygofit.com/cutting…jason-statham/
http://gohealthygofit.com…jason-statham-workout/
Also the workout for the cast of 300 was a solid Crossfit-style regime. With much more volume than theor WOD, but I think that Crossfit will get anyone in great shape.

Methuselah - Pay Now Live Later July 1, 2009 at 6:40 am

Good post Rusty. I half suspected this but had never heard anyone else voice it to clearly. Sure, we all knew Arnie and Sly we’re roided up to the eyeballs, but most of the other cases were less clear cut and somehow I just assumed that it was simply the benefits of having a 24-7 persponal trainer. That now seems naive!

admin July 1, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Studio Elements Personal Training,

True…plus some of those actors and actresses do little all day the months leading up to the shooting of the movie except get in shape.

Michael,

Wrestling is really, really bad. Injecting HGH is bad as well (for most adults). The thing that sucks is it is too hard to tell who got in great condition with hard work and who injected HGH. Typically people who stay in great shape year round are less likely to be users of HGH, but even then it is impossible to know for sure. I’m skeptical of people like Ryan Reynolds (not saying he did this…just skeptical)…because he went from being skinny fat, to being more ripped than a Men’s Health cover model in a few months.

David,

I am actually going to create a free video or PDF on getting “event ready”. My goal is to create more products for people to download and things to watch, etc. I have a very aggressive approach on getting in shape for an event that works well.

Greg,

Megan Fox looks like she has already had a decent amount of plastic surgery at a young age. I used to find her attractive, but she is quickly falling into the Pamela Anderson category…too fake to look attractive. Also…she says some of the most idiotic things ever. It is hard to tell if she works hard to stay slim or if she is just young and can still get away with looking like she is in decent shape, but doesn’t have to work for it (yet).

JC,

Yeah…Will Smith went from the 220 range to 190’s in a short period of time. It is possible, but I was a little skeptical. It is hard to know for sure, since he has trained hard over his entire career. I am a similar height and build to Will Smith in I Am Legend (just a tad bit slimmer)…he has a good look in that movie…sharp and athletic looking.

Greeno,

I don’t want to label too many celebs as users of HGH, because it is so hard to know. For example, some would say Hugh Jackman is on HGH for the movie Wolverine…but it could be possible that he busted ass to get to that point. He has stayed in great shape his entire career, but did look especially ripped in his last role. I don’t know either way, so it isn’t fair for me to point these guys out. I would say that he is less likely to use HGH compared to someone like Ryan Reynolds who transformed overnight for Blade 3.

Jim,

I really look up to people like Mark Sisson, who look incredible year round by working hard and more importantly eating strategically. These are really the type of people to look up to.

Burak,

I am going to do a full-blown HGH post soon. It may be a 2 or three part post. People seem especially interested in this topic.

NYBouncer,

Thanks buddy…by your name I am guessing that you must be a big guy. If I was hiring a bouncer for my bar, I would want him so big that even drunk cocky guys would listen to him. For instance, who would be crazy enough to NOT listen to the big actor from the Green Mile (forget his name) if he was a bouncer?

Frank Z,

These days there seems to be a lot of guys in hip-hop that try to get jacked-up like 50 Cent…it is too bad. I actually think Sylvester Stallone looks terrible and unhealthy. I am not saying that to be mean, but something really looks off to me.

Scott,

It won’t be a problem…will do in an upcoming HGH post.

Norbi,

My tricky marketing tactics pulled you in. Good to hear it worked, because you add a lot to the conversations!

Josh,

Jason Statham looks 100% natural to me. I would almost bet money on it. He has been an athlete his entire life and has never been out-of-shape in any role I’ve seen him in. I’m guessing he probably has an effective routine as well. One of the pleasant exceptions to the rule.

Liam,

I think people can reach that level, but it does require a massive lifestyle change (which isn’t always a bad thing). Probably the biggest issue is that people expect to get there overnight. It really can take years of consistent work and strategic dieting to reach the level of some of these actors and actresses…less or more time depending upon genetics and how much weight people have to lose.

Burhan,

I don’t really like that workout being outlined. It isn’t terrible, but I would change quite a few things. I’ll do a big post on HGH soon!

Chris,

Nice to hear from you buddy! Your blog continues to kick butt. I like it that you pointed out the reality that results can be slow at times. The slowest results tend to happen when people get close to their goal. They just need to keep on pushing. True about not comparing themselves to others in the gym. Great point!

Baz,

Brad Pitt was actually only 70kg (155 pounds) in Fight Club. He looked about 5-10 pounds heavier in Oceans 11…so I’m estimating 72kg-75kg (160-165 pounds) for that movie. He is 5’11” so that is still quite slim.

Psyshologist,

I am corrected if I stated that HGH was a steroid. Either way injecting a synthetic hormone is a bad deal in my opinion.

skipper,

I like skipping…jumping rope…right? One of my most popular posts is a post on jumping rope. Just type in “jump rope” into the search bar in the upper right corner of my site and then click the first article that comes up. That reminds me…I need to add this back into my routine!

Mindbodygoal,

I wonder if HGH is the next Botox?

Best Workout Reviews,

There are some celebrities who legitimately work hard to stay in great shape and don’t use HGH…others use a hard workout for 6-8 weeks and take injections as a quick fix. Good point on it taking a period of time. People underestimate how long it can take to transform their look.

LG,

That is awesome! We are the same age and like you, I am in just as good of shape (probably better) than when I was 18. It is good to let people know that they don’t have to look like crap as they pass through their 30’s and beyond.

Irish,

Sometimes it kills me when certain celebrities get popular (example…The Jonas Brothers!). It is funny how much people worship celebrities. I appreciate anyone who excels at what they do. As far as HGH workouts, meals, etc. I am going to do a big post on this as soon as possible. I’ll make it a good one!

chica,

I will get that article done soon. This is a massively popular topic.

Sam,

I LOVE Mexican food. Honestly…I think it is some of the best tasting food on the planet, but not that great for losing weight. What I would recommend? Incorporate 2 “Eat Stop Eat” style fasts twice per week. So don’t eat anything until dinner twice per week…and eat a normal sized dinner (not a feast like the Warrior Diet recommends). That will reduce you weekly intake a bit. On the other days, eat a typical 3 meals…but aim for more meat and veggies and less carbs. Try to avoid chips and salsa most of the time…maybe just 1-2 times per week. Load the heck out of the corn tortilla with meat and veggies if you make a taco…so you will have a full meal with one big taco instead of 3 smaller ones (2 less tortilla shells). Besides that, you sound like you are doing everything right. As far as your face goes…some of this is genetic.

Yash,

That is crazy that he put on 30 pounds of muscle so quickly. It sounds like he may have needed that to just be normal sized, but still it seems crazy to gain muscle so quickly. No need to get jealous of his progress…you sound like you keep in great shape.

JC,

Great advice as always. I totally agree on the 3.5 pound per week fat loss. I aim for 1-2 pounds per week, when I need to drop a few pounds.

Cindy,

Yes…many of the female celebrities look better than the average fitness model. I think it is a great look, but I just think most women need to take a different approach. I completely agree that women should still look feminine when getting in great shape.

Rafi,

I just think that injections should be a last resort. I know there are people with medical conditions that require injections, but I’m still against the use of needles for the average person.

Brandon,

Gerard Butler also quickly became pudgy right after the movie 300. He is a sharp looking guy, but he is putting on weight pretty quickly now. I don’t think he needs to be ripped year round like he was in the movie 300, but he doesn’t even look remotely fit or healthy anymore.

Skyler,

I will do a more in depth article on HGH and compare studies to give the whole picture. There are certainly conflicting studies…but I have seen first hand in my gym what HGH injections can do…”magical transformation” would be an understatement.

Peter,

I would recommend Romanian Deadlifts (look up on Youtube)…this will build your butt with a bit of hamstring involvement (it shouldn’t put much more mass on your legs like squats would). Calves are a tough one. Go for more volume for growth. Try a vatriety of rep ranges without resting too long in between sets. If you are going for growth you are going to need to fatigue the muscle more than if you are lifting for strength.

Donkey Lips,

I would recommend getting down to your ideal bodyfat percentage and see what your body looks like at that point. You may or may not even want to add more muscle. If you do want to add more muscle, do it over a number of years by getting stronger in the middle rep range 4-6 reps…this way you are building dense muscle. I would never recommend that you bulk up…try to stay within range.

Greg,

Drugs can be a life saver and are very necessary at times. I just hate seeing them used as a shortcut when most of the time it isn’t necessary.

Helder,

I love the idea of taking longer to reach your goals. I even need to remind myself of this at times. We want everything “yesterday”…those of us with patience are the ones who come out ahead in the long-run. I bet it would be tough to star in a movie with an actor who is taking HGH and shooting Botox…it would be tempting to do so as well, because the road is so much easier in the short term. Unfortunately, quick fixes almost always involve a price of some sort.

tylersg3,

Love the sarcasm…that is exactly what they say when interviewed. I think in rare circumstances HGH could be beneficial…but this would involve a medical condition…not just getting older. It is so hard to know who is or is not taking HGH…Ben Stiller seems like he has stayed lean for decades and probably has done so naturally. I think Jason Statham is natural. All of this is just guesswork on my part.

David,

Great comment. Many of the celebrities are blessed with decent genes to begin with.

Josh,

So true. I don’t think it is necessary for guys to have a crazy ripped six pack to look great. Volleyball players, soccer players, rugby players, etc…are better role models than most actors. Most of these guys and girls are relatively lean and don’t have excess body fat and are healthy. In many ways this is more attractive than looking like you torture yourself to get lean.

M0L,

I probably underestimate the amount of people who use HGH and other injectable substances.

JE,

I really do think that Jason Statham is a good role model. Nothing about him looks unnatural to me. As far as the movie 300 goes…their workouts were brutal and they did get in incredible shape. I’m a bit skeptical of how sharp they got, because it requires a bit of time to go from 8-10% to 4-6% naturally. That being said…I have never trained that much in a 2-3 month period of time, so who knows?

Methuselah,

I was really skeptical after seeing how quickly these guys and girls were getting results…especially after reading about their routines. The routine rarely matched the result.

Rusty

Monica July 1, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Thanks Rusty, great info. Well, two people told me today how great my abs looked – thanks to applying what I learned from you, doing planks/side planks, heavy/low rep weight training 3x weekly and HIIT after for 6 rounds of sprints. I also have been doing circuits on my off days a couple times a week. It’s been only a month and I LOVE the results – more than I have been getting in the past years!! I can see more tone in all my muscles, legs and arms/shoulders also. I am so excited and want to say thank you for this great website and all the effort you put into telling people the truth.

Question please:
I have been doing the weight routine three times per week, doing the whole body, picking one exercise each for 5×5. I can tell it’s working, but do you think it would be better to split the body up and do 2 exercises of 5×5 twice a week instead?? Basically, I do it more often but still total sets are only 15 weekly per muscle group, versus 20 if I did it the other way.

Thanks again,
Monica

Monica July 1, 2009 at 6:42 pm

PS – I also do about 20 – 30 min of walking after the weights and HIIT or the circuit and eat a clean diet (but I have been doing this all along, so the positive changes are truly coming from my changed workouts).

John July 1, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I have Harley Pasternak’s book “The 5-Factor Diet” and I think it’s great. He works with many high-profile, celebrity, “Hollywood” types like Alicia Keys, Kanye West, John Mayer, Eva Memdes, Halle Berry, Benjamin Bratt, Christian Slater, Stephen Dorff, Eliza Dushku, etc.

jon July 1, 2009 at 8:16 pm

rusty, ive been having problems trying to find out what the healthy water is to drink. i read bottle water is worse than tap and i read good and bad things about distilled waters. filtered water got bad and good reviews. i want my water to be healthy. what do you drink and recommend? did you know bottled water is supposedly worse than tap and some bottled water is tap water?

Norbi July 2, 2009 at 2:23 am

I’d like to comment on the rest of the article too. As for HGH injections – thanks but no thanks. I don’t have the money and the ‘guts’ to do it. Messing with your hormone system just feels wrong in general. Not to mention that usually results that come quick tend to disappear quick too. Thinking along this line, I’m just good the old fashioned, natural way.

Jon,

I think there are certain things it’s just easier to leave alone, like the question you put here. You see, I’m pretty sure that no matter what on Earth you name, there will be a few researches / people who say it’s bad or worse for you, and others will say otherwise. I don’t like the way tap water tastes here in LA (and I heard it was exceptionally bad), so I stick to bottled mineral water. I truly hope people can’t sell me water that’s considerably bad for me. If you’re super concerned about this, distilled water could be a good choice – supposedly all you’re getting is H2O, nothing more nothing less. I prefer mineral water for the taste though.

sangita July 2, 2009 at 4:46 am

“Thats not lifestyle – thats getting ready for a movie!” really like that sentence Rusty. Yesterday I had only 15 mins to exercise. Today half an hour. But it was a lot of climbing and man did my heart rate go up! Today I am feeling so incredibly fresh (also perhaps because I was doing intermittant fasting yesterday). I really feel good! And I am a gal who used to walk for hours and feel so tired and worn out. Could hardly do anything else the rest of the day. It seemed like weight loss was taking over everything.
The main thing about your blog is how easy you make weight loss seem. I am not intimidated by wt loss and am beginning to feel that being fit is something I can do for a lifestyle without much stress.
I owe you guys!!

sangita July 2, 2009 at 4:52 am

oh yeah. I also wanted to say I enjoy reading the comments on your posts. So many people have so much interesting information to give and when you answer their questions I get answers to a lot of my doubts.

CR July 2, 2009 at 9:52 am

Good Post Rusty,

To get ripped requires HgH period. It is an essential hormone to muscle growth. The problem is we stop producing it in adequate quantities after puberty. I think that celebrities get caught up in a follow the crowd mentality and don’t think for themselves and get caught up in dangerous therapies recommended by over priced doctors.

To stimulate HGH naturally I take 3 grams of L-Arginine and 2 grams of L-Ornithine daily as soon as I wake up. Being Amino Acids, they have to be taken on an empty stomach. Once or twice a year I take Gotu Kola to nourish my ductless glands such as the pituitary.

Irish July 2, 2009 at 10:05 am

Rusty,

Your hGH post sounds very interesting I can’t wait to read it. I’m also looking forward to your article showing us your aggressive approach to getting event ready. It’s funny how much easier sitcking to a strict nutrition regimen and working out extra hard becomes when there is some “event” coming up in our lives. Whether it’s summer, an exotic vacation, high school reunion. Whenever there is an event to look forward to training/nutrition require so much less mental effort to get through because the motivation is already there.

Ramon July 2, 2009 at 11:14 am

Rusty you rock! Megan Fox turned me off with the stupid things she’s said. It is sad that celebrity worship has taken over our society when they are such poor role models in most cases. This article is really interesting. It was the movie 300 that inspired me to finally change my skinny-fat look to a more athletic physique and while I still have some ways to go I am quite pleased with my progress. Do you think the actors in 300 were using HGH? I know they apparently trained crossfit style and Gerard Butler looks like he might have ‘supplemented’ a bit, but what about the other actors who look really fit and lean without having quite the bulk of Butler?

James July 2, 2009 at 11:33 am

Hey rusty! The site is fantastic, I must say!
Hollywood stars don’t have massive muscle mass. In several posts you talk about isometric contractions being a good way to develop strength without mass. You mentioned the plank as one exercise. Is it possible to exercise biceps, triceps, chest, etc. in similar ways? Or is each muscle different depending on its purpose? Exercise can be very complicated sometimes 🙁

Thanks!

John July 2, 2009 at 1:57 pm

“These workouts look like they were taken right out of a 1990’s fitness magazine…3-4 exercises per body part, 10-15 reps per set, hours of low intensity cardio, and eating specific meals every few hours. ”

Thank you.

I’m glad someone finally said it.

In addition to what you’ve listed, I also suspect that what we read in those so-called celebrity workouts is someone’s concept of what they MAY have done. The actual workout is likely the closely-guarded property of the person who paid for it and very specifically tailored to that individual by the high-priced fitness guru who designed it.

I mean, hey, I can basically tell you (for free) how to perform a heart transplant but I’m not sure you’d want to take that advice too seriously . . .

admin July 2, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Monica,

That is great that you are getting such outstanding results. Congrats! Love hearing about people getting good results after being stagnant for so long. As far as changing your routine…I wouldn’t touch a thing. Keep going until you get to a plateau and then switch it up like you described.

John,

I’ll take a look at that book. Have to be honest, I have never heard of Harley Pasternak.

jon,

I honestly don’t know because the advice varies each article I read. I drink tap water and bottled water. I am not overly stressed about tap water and I drink bottled water in the gas station when I’m pumping gas.

sangita,

That is awesome you are losing weight and feeling great doing it. My next post might be about “overdoing it”…because some people do burn themselves out by working out too hard. I love the comments and as I always say…the comment section is just as important as the post.

CR,

Sounds like good advice regarding HGH. I will write about stimulating HGH with diet and exercise soon.

Irish,

I think the event preparation post will be very popular. Can’t wait to write it!

Ramon,

How can I rock, if you are the one who is rocking 🙂 Thanks buddy. Not sure about the 300 movie guys. Obviously lighting can help dramatically…as can losing water right before a shoot, etc. Either way, these guys worked their butts off.

James,

I would keep the reps low and lift at a slow rate to build muscle density without adding excess muscle mass. Gain strength with low rep, low volume workouts and then get lean to get that slim, defined “angular” look.

John,

I think you are right…a lot of what is written in magazines seems like a very generic routine…just made up last minute.

Rusty

wolverine July 3, 2009 at 5:43 am

Hey Rusty is there a real difference btw doing 3 reps of 5 sets performing 2 exercises per body part, or doing 3 reps of 10 sets performing one exercise per body part, i sort of prefer doing 10 sets and avoiding failure, thanks

Daniel July 3, 2009 at 7:43 am

Im a little disappointed with this post and the subsequent comments.

First off – the 300 actors were trained by an american fitness company called gym jones – check out their website, the full story is on there about how they got the guys in shape for that movie and there are transformation pics (check out Vincent Regans 8 week transformation, he played Leonidas’s Captain in the movie)

The actors were basically thrashed for 10 weeks in the gym on very low calories. Simple as that – no magic, no steroids, no HGH. Theres an article on the site about people whining about injections and steroids because theres no way the actors can look that ripped without them. Really? Maybe they just worked harder than you, and you tell yourself they cheated to let yourself off the hook? the human ego is an amazing thing.

This site is all about achieving a fit, lean, ripped body by controlling what you put in your mouth (and I think some people should think about what comes out of it at times) and working hard in the gym. Low calories + hard physical exercise = kick ass body. simple as that. This post seems to go against everything this site stands for. Why rip on celebrities that have worked hard to look great? How do you know they’ve been taking drugs? It just seems like a really hypocritical post and I dont get it.

The ryan reynolds thing – is his transformation from Van wilder to Hannibal king really that remarkable? Calling him skinny fat is just insane in my opinion, ok he doesnt look like a vampire slayer in Van wilder, but he’s hardly in bad shape is he? a good 3 months in the gym is more than enough to get him in the shape he was in for Blade trinity, granted he probably trained for 4-5 hours a day, but I dont see why he’d need HGH to get his body fat low enough to reveal a rock hard six pack?

Normally loving your work but this was a strange post rusty!

Gymless Jim July 3, 2009 at 8:29 am

Hey Rusty!
I think I’m addicted to this website… But the problem is that although I’m learning all this (fascinating) stuff, I still don’t have access to a gym! I’m 16, live in the middle of nowhere and don’t have enough money to get membership anyway. I do a kind-of-a-workout every few days which goes as follows:

5 minutes warm up on the elliptical trainer in my garage
Fairly intense (about 8/9 out of 10 intensity for each interval) HIIT for about 15 minutes
10 slow press ups with my hands overlapping, touching my chest off my hands in each rep
10 wide grip press ups touching my chest off the ground each time
10 normal press ups
10 reps of curls lifting whatever heavy thing I can find (Last night it was a full school bag) on both arms
5 more reps lifting the heavy thing (I can usually only manage 5 at this stage) with both arms
25 squats while holding the heavy thing
10 slow leg raises (Are they safe btw?)
15 window wipers (Lying on your back like with leg raises but moving your legs to the sides like window wipers…)
Normal plank for 2 minutes
Side plank for 1 minute (1 minute is pretty short, I don’t know why I haven’t increased this time yet… I’ll make a mental note)
And finally some moderate intensity cardio on the elliptical (sometimes I do a few intervals on this cos I love the high you get after a sprint and it gets a bit boring just plodding along at a constant pace)

I know you’re probably sick of this question, but I recommended your site to a couple people so I think we’re even! 😛 Do you have any idea how I could improve on this? I’m pretty sure there’s something I could do better.
Oh! One more question! And then I’ll leave you alone. When fasting 1 or 2 days a week, how do you eat on the other days? Do you just eat normally or do you still have a calorie deficit?

Thanks a million!

Gymless Jim

Baz July 3, 2009 at 10:27 am

Abdominal development time frame
rusty, Is it possible to build well developed abs in around 3 months? I’m not talking about losing the fat covering them, that I am not worried about. What I mean is building very well developed abs so for example your at the beach they van be seen without the need to tense them. Very obvious looking abs rather than barely there ones. Kind of like the abs in the movie 300 except not as graphic looking I that makes sense. Can this be done with different variations of crunches in 3 months or is it like all other muscles which can take a year to develope.

admin July 3, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Wolverine,

It is fine to do ten sets of the same exercise per body part. At some point if you get stuck then consider doing 2 exercises for 5 sets each.

Daniel,

I am not all the way on either side. I don’t think that every fit actor does HGH, and I also don’t believe that all of them are natural. I really think that it is somewhere in between. I am very familiar with the routine that the actors from the movie 300 did to prepare for their roles. I have had this blog for over 2 years, I just wanted to address this issue and then move on. I have never even mentioned this…and my main point was that it is possible to get this fit, but it will probably take more time to reach that level of fitness compared to an actor…mainly due to time constraints as well as some actors using HGH. As far as all of these guys using HGH, I know that isn’t the case…but some are. I have no idea either way, because it is possible to get that fit from hard work. There are many many people who stay lean and have the Hollywood look year round without HGH…which is what I’m teaching on this site. This post wasn’t meant to sound like a lot of the other articles I’ve read on the subject that claim that all people in good shape must be using pharmaceuticals. Sorry if it came across that way.

Gymless Jim,

I appreciate the referrals! Thanks for telling your friends about my site. I appreciate each and every reader, no matter how big this site becomes. Great job on adapting to your particular circumstances and working out anyway. You are doing a great job of working out intensely to release the fatty acids and then burning those fatty acids with more moderate cardio at the end. I can tell you have been doing your reading on the site. I am assuming that you are doing this workout on an empty stomach as well. Your workout looks good. I am going to make a post on doing a sandbag workout, because I realize that not everyone has access to equipment. I will outline exactly what to do…which isn’t that far off from what you are doing. Are you doing overhead presses as well? Also…try to add in some sort of rowing movement. Go over to Youtube and type in “bent over rows”…see if you can somehow do this to develop your back and insure that your shoulders don’t get pulled forward from a muscle imbalance. Also…some sort of chinup would be great if you could figure out how to setup a chinup bar in your garage. Keep up the good work!

Baz,

I love it that you asked this question. I had a six pack after 4 months of hard training, but they didn’t get extremely sharp until after 4-5 years of training. You will find that ab density improves year after year. You can get good looking abs pretty quickly, but great ab density to the level of the movie 300, can take a bit longer. I can’t give you an exact time frame, because it really varies from person to person.

Rusty

Jay July 3, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Hey Rusty,

First of all, tremendous compliments on this website. I only recently began reading and am very impressed by variety of articles and your consistent feedback. Now, through many of your articles you have said you used to deadlift and squat very heavily and these lifts eventually made your lower body physique unappealing so you quit. I have a similar situation where I feel my legs have put on too much mass and look disproportionate to my upper body.

So my question is this: Did you do anything in particular to lose the excess leg mass? You just quit doing any sort of leg resistance training and focused on your HIIT routines, I know, but was that it? Also, how long did it take for you to become pleased with your leg shape after dropping the leg work?

Thanks for any replies and keep up the excellent site!

Sheila July 3, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Expecting to copy a celebrity routine and get the same results is setting yourself up for disappointment.
I agree that one can get in celebrity shape or better without the use of chemicals, but you must be dedicated and willing to do the work. There are no “healthy” shortcuts.
Thanks for such an informative article.

browngrl July 4, 2009 at 9:21 am

I agree with you. Maybe a good idea for a post would be: the negative sequelae of the various injectables – I am not sure that everyone trying these things is aware of the risks. I think that one of the things that has actually held me back is trying a celebrity’s workout/diet. When my results would not match their’s I would get discouraged and just quit. I feel much better when I just focus on the basics: focused excercise and a clean diet and don’t worry about how some one managed to get fit in a ridiculously short time.

Cindy July 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm

-Monica or Rusty

Can you please go into detail what you mean by “heavy/low rep weight training” for a female. Like maybe Monica you can give me an example of the exercises you do for upper body and the weight that you use.

I’m also wondering if exercises such as tricep dips and push ups are any better for getting lean and toned.

Skyler Tanner July 4, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Rusty,

Thanks for the response; I’m looking forward to your article because the research I’ve found states no conflict: trained athletes and the elderly get zilch out of it.

My first question to these people who “magically” make changes with HGH is: what else are you taking? The biggest of the big steroid users don’t just take HGH. There was an article in GQ about one of these sorts of “anti-aging” clinics and neither of the doctors were just on HGH. The testosterone they were using was the reason for how ripped and muscled they were in their early 60’s, imo.

Best,
Skyler

Jay July 5, 2009 at 1:22 am

Hey rusty I’m 6 1 177 I just got the leanest ever been 7% but I feel kinda small because I of my have a 39 inch chest. I was thinking of bulking for 8 to 10 weeks to gain some more muscle so when I get leaner I’ll be more defined what’s your take on this?

Monica July 5, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Hi Cindy,
I do Rusty’s low rep training of 5 sets of 5 reps per exercise. I do this 3x per week. I pick one exercise each for back, chest, shoulders, legs (yes I prefer to include legs), biceps and triceps. For example pull ups, bench press, shoulder press, squats, barbell curl and triceps extension dumbbell. Next time I may do barbell rows, incline dumbbell press, upright row, dead lifts, incline dumbbell curl and push downs. After that I do 10 min HIIT meaning 30 sec. running all out, 1 min walking, repeat 6 times. I follow up with 30 min walking right now to lean out quicker. HTH, Monica

flowerd July 5, 2009 at 8:48 pm

hey rusty..if i were to do hitt during a 18-20hr fast of not eating anything would that be safe?im on the warrior diet and eat 1 meal a day but if i were to workout during the long periods of not having food in my system would that be ok?then eat dinner after my workout?

DR July 6, 2009 at 11:41 am

MGF is the latest wonder drug to make the rounds of Hollywood’s health clubs

Very effective when combined with GH and a training program heavy on negatives & resistance stretching….and it’s all natural?

Frank Z July 6, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Rusty,
I agree that sly doesn’t look very healthy, his face is abnormally red all the time, which is what you said happens when your body gets flooded by HGH after a hard HIIT training session or strength session. I saw Ryan Reynolds’ preparation for his role in Blade and although he did seem to get pretty toned and cut up in a short amount of time, which is absolutely possible given it was his entire occupation for that time and the resources he had that weren’t unnatural, he didn’t look very sharp in his torso, even though he was lean. One guy i would like to emulate is Jason Statham since he has the sharp dense look and from what i know eats extremely healthy on a normal basis, as well as some martial artists/stuntmen like Tony Jaa. i think these guys get to where they are by performing more movements instead of lifts and by focusing on more “functional” strength training, just my take.

Insanity Workout Boy July 7, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Celebrities and Hollywood types are different than you and me. They can afford personal trainers, specialized meal services, and have the incentive of having a body they need to maintain…to keep the dollars flowing.

Personally, no celebrity routine is better than other. It all boils down to good eating, a good workout schedule, and making healthy living a lifestyle.

Amy July 7, 2009 at 7:45 pm

As a celeb, it is really their job to shape their bodies which ever way they want. The same is true for pro athletes where they have the time to do it every day as compared to working folks like you and me.

Rob October 2, 2009 at 10:23 am

I would not feel comfortable using HGH. It took me some time before I felt comfortable even using supplements. It is so wide spread and will come with consequences. Thanks

Susan December 10, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Im with Rob. I have not felt comfortable using HGH, but just had a talk with a friend who has been using supplements and I think I am sold on trying them out. Thanks for the article

Susan

Turbo Fire July 10, 2010 at 1:34 pm

A good complete fitness program like P90X, Turbo Fire or insanity can get you there. But i comes down to self motivation and dedication. Ican’t happen overnight.

ConcretePicture July 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm

A healthy diet and good exercise is the best way to live your life. All of these shortcuts for your body can’t be good. I think celebrities and “rolemodels” for younger generations should do more than just look good on the outside.

Ahmed January 13, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Interesting post Rusty! Can definitely see that many celebrities would have to take something, as more of security for their careers.

I mean what happens if Wolverine looks a little bloated before a shoot cuz he ate bad the night before?

Supplements, like HGH, can make sure that doesn’t happen.

Workout Routines Guy May 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Why the heck would you want to inject yourself if you’re just a regular guy trying to get fit. Yeah, celebrities may do it, or work out 6 hours a day for a role, but it’s not necessary for the rest of us.

Celebrity workouts (without HGH) are impressive because they usually include before and after pics, so it’s motivating to know that if I put in the work, I can get the results. It just helps crystallize the goal, which helps with motivation.

You should probably write about the workout the guys used in the movie ‘300’. Pretty robust physiques. I’m sure they trained forever, but still…

cityville game cheats May 28, 2011 at 1:51 am

Celebrities are well known for trying new stuffs and new diets, just by riding on the newest craze in order to quickly slim down for a role in a movie.Good post

Philpott December 6, 2011 at 7:25 am

Jason Statham has always been in amazing shape because he’s a martial artist and started his acting career by way of being a stuntman. Actors that were in good shape to start with are the ones to keep an eye on. People like Gerard Butler (300) who blow up with rippling muscle then get flabby, then do it all over again are really harming themselves. He used to be really lean and cut up when he was in Reign of Fire now he’s getting a bit podgy, but that will change when he’s in his next action role.

Michael @ abercrombie workout March 6, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Celebrities often have ample time to get ripped in such a quick time too. And yeah as you said most are over rated if not made up by someone on the internet. A great workout I found is the abercrombie workout which you can view here:
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