Ryan Reynolds is the actor that played Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He will be appearing in his own origins film called Deadpool next year. He was also vampire killer Hannibal King in Blade:Trinity.
Deadpool is a character that appears in several Marvel Comic stories. He is a human mutant, real name Wilson Wade. His superpowers include regenerative healing factor, superhuman strength, stamina, agility, and reflexes. He is also an expert marksman, swordsman and martial artist. In X-Men he often fights with swords for maximum damage. Ryan Reynolds recently told Men’s Fitness Magazine about how he got in shape for the role.
Fitness Training for Deadpool
Ryan Reynolds trains hard for his roles. He says that if you are not training really hard for an action role you really should not be doing it. He trained 5 days per week doing both intensive cardio routines and weight training.
Ryan assures us that getting in shape is 80% diet and 20% exercise, so his workouts, while important, are only 20% of the equation. Looking fantastic is mostly about what you eat and when you eat it, and not about how many hours you spend in the gym each day.
He is lucky though as he has learned to love his fitness training. Ryan finds the challenge of changing his physique for a new movie role as one of the best things about preparing for a film.
He is not a great fan of running. He says that running is boring and too hard on the body. But that does not stop him from running to improve his fitness and burn more fat. He even ran a marathon for charity in 2008.
Ryan Reynolds Workout for Blade: Trinity
It was when preparing for Blade:Trinity that he really beefed up. Before his preparations he was a slim almost skinny man. He did high volume training to bulk up for the role. Training would be 2 to 3 hours a day for 6 days a week. His training followed this routine:
- 1000 sit ups
- Heavy weight lifting, with 8-12 reps per set
- A different body part would be worked each day: chest day, back day, shoulder day, leg day
- Arms would be trained every day or every other day to give the biceps and triceps maximum bulk
He admits that the lower abdominal muscles were the hardest muscles for him to build and show because of the lower stomach fat that he had. Losing weight was a big challenge for him initially. His secret to building his lower abs was to put a dumbbell between his feet and do leg raises while lying on the floor. Ryan Reynolds starred along side Jessica Biel in Blade:Trinity. She also got into an amazing shape for her role.
Ryan Reynold’s Diet
Diet is essential to get fit and build muscle. He would eat 7 small meals a day instead of the traditional 3 large meals. He tells the readers that this is to ensure that your metabolism does not go into starvation mode. Once in starvation mode your metabolism will ensure that your body absorbs maximums calories which increases the chances of putting on fat.
Ryan Reynolds is a very dedicated actor who works exceptionally hard to build his body for the action roles he plays. It is often this level of determination and perseverance that wins an actor a role in a blockbuster action movie, and Ryan certainly has what it takes. If you want to look as fit and strong as he does be prepared to workout 6 days a week and eat a calorie controlled diet consisting of 7 micro meals each day.
Photo Credit: Tom Sorensen.