Every time a celebrity puts on a bit of muscle or loses some fat, there’s always a lot of buzz about how they did it, as if it’s the first and only time in the history of the universe that it’s ever happened.
It happened with Chris Evans and Captain America.
Ryan Reynolds and Blade 3.
Brad Pitt in Fight Club and Troy.
Dwayne Johnson in Hercules.
The list goes on.
Problem is, you have no way of knowing if the celebrity workout on the screen in front of you bears even the slightest resemblance to the actual training program used by said celebrity.
You may remember the so-called “300 workout,” which did the rounds back in 2007 as the workout allegedly used by the cast of the film 300 to get in shape.
The big problem with the 300 workout was that it wasn’t really a workout at all.
As Mark Twight, the guy who was responsible for the training the cast and crew of 300, explains:
“The second misconception surrounds the idea of the Spartan workout, aka ‘300’, how frequently it was done or who actually finished it. 300 is a one-time test, an invitation-only challenge undertaken by those deemed ready for it. By the end of our four-month project 17 people had done the workout. This constitutes about 50% of the cast and stunt crew.”
In other words, this was a one-time test.
A rite of passage.
It was not, as one popular magazine put it, “the muscle building workout used by the cast of the movie.”
And even if you could get your hands on the exact training program they used, expecting to build a body like your favorite actor simply by using their routine is like going to Daniel Craig’s hairdresser and hoping to come out looking like James Bond.
It’s not going to happen.
The “secrets” employed by a particular actor to get in shape for a film role are not secrets at all.
They work hard.
They are consistent.
They have a clear goal to work towards.
They are under a massive amount of pressure to look the part. When there are millions of dollars riding on your appearance, missing workouts and not sticking to your diet isn’t an option.
And yes, as I’ve talked about before, some of them are on gear.
“If you want to be jacked like Dwayne Johnson,” explains Paul Carter, “be prepared to put in a couple of decades of hard work, take some anabolics, and go through phases where you were chubby, then lean, then chubby, then lean again. None of this happens in a few months, or even a few years.”
Please don’t waste your time jumping around from one “celebrity workout” to the next.
Time is the one thing you can’t buy.
Once it’s gone, it’s gone. You’ll never see it again.
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ABOUT CHRISTIAN FINNChristian Finn holds a master's degree with distinction in exercise science, is a former personal trainer and has been featured on BBC TV and radio, as well as in Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Fit Pro, Zest, and Perfect Body magazine.