Hugh Jackman Workout
Hugh Jackman has a workout routine that is comparable to few and packs on tremendous muscle and ripped 6 pack abs onto his body. He is a true wolverine in the sense that he goes all out in the gym to prepare for his acting roles.
The thing about Hugh Jackman is that he has the utmost respect for his body and makes sure he always stays in shape. However, for the Wolverine role he wanted to add on muscle. Nevertheless, he wanted to make sure that he packed on muscle while staying very lean so he could stay true to comic book character form.
Hugh Jackman featured as Wolverine on a "Got Milk" ad. He is known throughout
Hollywood for his devotion to fitness so he's a perfect fit for the ad. Look at the size of him!
In his preparation he trained for 5 months and did 2 phases each lasting of a few weeks, going back and forth. "I'd change it up every 3 weeks," he says in an interview with Men's Health. "Three weeks heavy with lots of rest between sets. Then change to lighter weight, slower reps, four count up, four count down. Then mix in fast, explosive lifting, always changing the workout." As you can see, Jackman uses variety in his workout routine. He keeps his body guessing. In order to continually build muscle, strength, and functional capacity, you must incorporate progression and variation into an exercise program. This is the best way to avoid a plateau. Jackman does 2 phases to really stir things up and prime his body for even more growth. The 2 phases he does are:
1) A Muscle Mass Phase
2) A Strength Training Phase
Muscle Mass Phase: Hugh Jackman's trainer wanted to force Hugh's muscles to adapt and force them into new growth, so he had Hugh do lots of variations with reps, tempo, and weight.
Strength Training Phase: Hugh's trainer made sure that Jackman solely concentrated on lifting as heavy as possible with no rules on tempo. The previous phase primed his body for this phase, making the faster repetitions with the same weight seem like a breeze.
"For Wolverine, I ramp it up," he says. "I do an hour and a half a day in the gym and eat a thousand calories more a day than I would normally. And I train really hard. I crank up the Godsmack and Metallica. I yell and scream, which helps me get into the character and have a bitch of a workout." He also ate six meals a day with lots of vegetables and lean proteins. In order to pack on muscle to your frame, you need to supply your muscles with the proper nutrients. You need a correct balance of macronutrients such as carbohydates, proteins, and fats as well as micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Eating more throughout the day will provide you with these nutrients to build your body.
Hugh made sure that he stayed lean during these phases by doing a couple of things. First, every Friday during both phases he made sure that he did an hour and a half Bootcamp. Instead of focusing on bodybuilder training, he made sure he used his bodyweight and did a lot of bodyweight exercises and high intense calisthenics to boost his metabolism. Also, Hugh stayed extremely ripped by taking one week after each phase where he would concentrate on toning up and stripping bodyfat. During this week, he would only lift weights once per week and then concentrate on intense and brutal cardio in the form of high intensity interval training. Research has confirmed that high intensity interval training is much more effective when it comes to fat-burning than steady-state cardio.
Hugh Jackman is said to bench press 315 lbs. and leg press 1,000 pounds. He is a strong man, but perhaps he uses his mind to will his body into new heights. "I don't set goals in life," he says. "In this country, people are all about goal setting. And I concede, to a point, how it can help you get going. But we limit ourselves with goals. We have far more ability than we give ourselves credit for. You see that in people under pressure. How does someone run a 100-meter race at the Olympics? When it's once every 4 years, with everything they've done leading to that? It can't just be adrenaline." Then he nods and smiles. "Maybe it's just the mind getting out of the way."
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