Hugh Jackman has proved himself over and over again to be one of the top fitness role models in Hollywood. The Hugh Jackman workout routine and diet have gotten him in shape for countless movies, but most notably, those of the X-Men series.
Jackman has changed the way a Hollywood actor and actress approach their roles. He has heightened the intensity to which an actor/actress must become the role they are playing.
He has also raised the bar for many male actors playing roles that require fit men.
This article will cover, based on research, the Hugh Jackman workout and diet for the new movie, Real Steel.
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Research on the Hugh Jackman Workout Routine and Diet Philosophy:
Looking back at photos of Hugh Jackman and comparing them to current ones, we can see a few key elements that help Jackman with his health programs.
For one, he is dedicated. He absorbs the role and does everything in his power to achieve a respectable body for that role. If you look at the photo of Hugh Jackman above, you can see his results speak for themselves.
Another element that Jackman displays is consistency. From the first X-Men movie to Wolverine, and now to Real Steel, we can see that Hugh Jackman has maintained that ripped, muscular, look that so many fitness and health geeks appreciate.
He doesn’t lose and then gain, lose and then gain. He just stays consistent.
Dedication and consistency are two elements you will need to achieve the “Hollywood look” you may be in pursuit of.
Research on the Hugh Jackman Workout Routine:
Onto what many have awaited in this article, Hugh Jackman’s workout. Hugh Jackman’s workout was based around three phases.Each of the first two phases would last 6 weeks and all three were rotated for about five months. The third phase would consume the last week of each of the first two phases. Don’t worry, you’ll fully understand this by the end.
The first phase was focused on muscle accumulation.
During this phase, Hugh Jackman’s trainer had him completing medium reps (8-12) for below-maximum weights. Jackman would not max out on any exercise, but instead, choose the highest weight that he could maintain form (VERY IMPORTANT) on and complete 8-12 reps.
The second phase was focused on strength.
During this phase of Hugh Jackman’s workout, Jackman’s trainer had him focus on the low rep range (3-5) and aim for the higher end of weights. He still made sure that form was priority number one, but really attempted to add weight every week.
The third and final phase was focused on fat loss.
Jackman’s final phase was a little different than the first two. During this week, he would strength train once during the week, and complete intervals the other days and take rest when needed. Interval or Sprint training is quite simple in concept while intense in reality.
A sample sprint training workout could go as follows,
100 Yard Sprint
60-120 Seconds Rest
Repeat 6-8 times
That’s a workout I do on hills a couple times a week to really accelerate the fat loss. I often do this after upper body strength training workouts, but only when I have enough energy, can really focus in on form, and feel up to it.
Sprint training is something you work your way up to, remember that when utilizing it.
First 5 Weeks :Focus on Muscle Accumulation
Week Six: Fat Loss
Weeks 7-11: Focus on Strength
Week 12: Fat Loss
Research on the Hugh Jackman Diet:
Hugh Jackman’s diet was very interesting to me because he was the first Hollywood actor that I heard of who utilized carb manipulation to really strip off the fat.
Hugh Jackman would simply alter the levels of carbohydrate he was intaking throughout the day in relation to his workout.
On workout days, he would consume carbs and protein up until the workout while keeping fat on the lower end. Post-workout until sleep he would keep protein and fat up while keeping carbohydrate low. On off-days from workouts, he would keep carbohydrate low throughout the day and focus on consuming protein and fat.
The logic behind this is pretty detailed, but a summed up version would go as follows:
Keeping carbohydrate higher until workouts allows for sufficient energy for an intense workout, accelerating fat loss and muscle building.
Lowering carbohydrate allows for fat to be broken down and used for energy, accelerating fat loss.
Additionally, managing your carbohydrate and sugar levels can lead to an increase in insulin sensitivity, which also accelerate fat loss and muscle building.
This isn’t something I recommend for everyone, you can do the research and talk to a health professional and then decide.
One thing Hugh Jackman has said in all his interviews is that he is always researching new methods for improving his health, and that he not only challenges his body, but also his mind. This is a great tip for anyone seeking to improve their lifestyle.Challenge your mind and challenge your body.
As I always say, do the research, formulate a plan, and take action. That is the formula for success and the best thing about it is that anyone can use it.
For more information on workouts and diets, my friend Rusty Moore, of the high traffic fitness website Fitness Black Book, has created workout plans and diets for women and for men focused on improving how they look. The goal of these isn’t to necessarily improve health, but instead, lose fat and build muscle.