Ladies and gents, mark your calendars, The Wolverine hits theaters July 26th. What to expect in this highly anticipated superhero film? A mean, lean, chiseled-body-machine. Hugh Jackman had his plate full when preparing for his role as Wolverine in this summers upcoming film. Jackman tells Access, “hard training and a lot of eating” was the key to get his body in to unbelievable shape. Now, some of you may be thinking what I was thinking… “Wow I could totally be the next Wolverine, who doesn’t love to be told to eat a lot!”
Jackman goes on to tell Access, “it sounds like fun, but four chicken breasts at ten-thirty in the morning with brown rice and steamed broccoli is not a lot of fun, let me tell you.”
Okay, yeah maybe I’ll just stick to my day job.
Jackman tells Men’s Health, “For Wolverine, I ramp it up, 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.”
Metallica…Beyonce…whatever works for you!
This superhero looks to change it up every three weeks. Three weeks of heavy weights with longer rests, then on to lighter weight with slower reps and a mixture of quick, explosive lifting.
But his mental approach is what truly separates him from everyone else. Jackman’s mentality is inspirational. His brainpower enables him to overcome any mental uncertainties, such as benching a six-plate barbell. Men’s Health dishes the inside story on how Jackman seeks that tipping or breaking point:
“When I have 315 pounds above me, there’s that little breaking point,” he says. “You either get really pissed off at that weight, or you ask for help from your spotter. It’s that exact point–and every guy reading this article will recognize it–when Wolverine gets not just pissed off, but insanely pissed off. I try to reach that point every day in my workout. And then push through it.”
“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.”
Feeling amped up? Before you start attempting to flip cars head to the gym and try out a Hugh Jackman circuit:
STATION A: Legs and Shoulders
8 to 12 reps of each exercise for one circuit; four circuits total. Before moving on to Station B, spend two minutes on an stationary bike for an active recovery.
1. Barbell Squat
2. Single-Leg Standing Dumbbell Calf Raises
3. Medicine Ball V-Ups
4. Rear Lateral Raise
6. Dumbbell Step-up
STATION B: Back and Bicep
Do 8 to 12 reps of each exercise for one circuit; three circuits total. Before proceeding to Station C, jog on a treadmill for two minutes for an active recovery. Set the incline to 2 percent and maintain a pace of 3 to 4 miles per hour.
1. Hanging Leg Raise
2. Dumbbell Jump Squat
3. EZ-Bar Curl
4. Jump Rope
STATION C: Chest and Triceps
8 to 12 reps of each exercise for one circuit; three circuits total. Then punch a heavy bag for two minutes for an active recovery
1. Standing Cable Fly
2. Triceps Press-down
3. Standing Triceps Extensions
4. Dumbbell Chop
5. Barbell Push Press
(workout credit: http://www.menshealth.com/celebrity-fitness/hugh-jackman-workout)