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By Jake Bradshaw
We all want to look like our favorite actors. Most men in the world find it harder than others, but let’s face it. Hollywood is full of the most attractive people in the world, it’s never going to be easy. But according to some, it’s not as difficult as you may think.
Some of the most successful leading men have shared their personal workout routines for those who desperately want to know. Turns out, all you need is dedication. Here is what they have to say:
#1) Adam Levine – “The Yoga Guru”
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People Magazine’s newest Sexiest Man Alive, Adam Levine, is all about the yoga. Not only does it help him keep his body lean, but it allows for him to maintain his focus during his concerts which tend to be pretty energetic.
In an interview with Men’s Health, the 6-foot, 165lb singer shared some of his best yoga moves which included balancing his entire body weight on his arms, keeping his torso and one leg parallel to the ground, and the knee of his other leg drawn up towards his chest. Here are a couple of his other favorite yoga poses:
- Warrior III Pose: Stand with your feet hip-distance apart, then shift your weight onto your left foot while lifting your right foot slowly behind you. Hinge forward at your hips as you continue to raise your right leg behind you while straightening your arms in front of you. Keep bending until you’re fully balanced on your left leg. Your right foot, spine, and arms are in a straight line with each other. Hold. Switch legs.
- Four-limbed Staff Pose: Assume a pushup position. Keep your elbows close to your sides, your lower back naturally arched, and your head/neck aligned with your spine. Push until your upper arms are parallel to the floor. Hold.
#2) Stephen Moyer – “The Boxer”
Star of HBO’s True Blood Stephen Moyer loves to have his go around in the ring. Even though he’s played sports most of his life, Moyer has stated in interviews he never developed a real regiment until his adulthood. Boxing is the perfect routine for those trying to build up stamina, and Moyer is a fine testament.
For the 41-year old actor, boxing both begins and ends his workout routine. His trainer, Scot Guthrie, puts him through a pre-workout cardio boost followed by sparring in the ring. After that comes medicine ball training and jump rope, ending yet again with a spar.
Boxing is one of those activities that involve all of your external and internal muscles, allowing natural flexibility and motion. Most gyms today have boxing bags. If not, shadowboxing can be just as beneficial. Try cutting your cardio routine in half just a few times a week, then do boxing to make up the difference. You’re bound to see quick results.
#3) Ryan Kwanten – “The Triathlete”
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Star of True Blood, Kwanten not only has a serious workout routine, but he also has minus 6 body fat. Working out every day, sometimes for 2 ½ hours at a time, his strenuous regimen involves running, biking, shadowboxing, yoga, rock climbing, and anything to do with outdoors. He’s admitted that he rarely goes into the gym. Nature is where he gets the most energy.
This is a great lesson any man can learn. By consistently changing your routine and by not being trapped in the confines of a gym, not only will you save yourself from boredom, but it can also reduce the physical stress a lot of gym equipment tends to give. Variety will always challenge your muscles without overstraining.
Even when Kwanten is on a tight schedule, he always finds time for a small workout. Here is what he does when he’s crunched on time, according to an interview with Men’s Health:
- Running – 2 minutes, on the treadmill, pavement, or even in place. This raises body temperature and heart rate.
- Pushups – 2 minutes.
- Sprints – 6 30-second sprints, resting 45 seconds after each.
- Planks – 2 minutes
- Supine Jackknifes – 2 minutes. This requires you to lie flat on your back, raising your legs straight up so they form an L with your torso. Then bring your shoulders off the ground and your arms extended towards the toes. Lower your legs till they’re 6 inches off the ground, then raise them again.
- Shadowboxing – 4 ½ minutes, cool down.
#4) Orlando Bloom – “The Biker”
Bloom is a well-known biker and considers it his main form of cardio. His body isn’t jacked up like most Hollywood heart throbs today, which is fine by him. He likes to keep it nice and lean, and the ladies love it. Biking mixed with a great Pilates routine is all this man needs.
Bloom bikes at least a couple times a week with a good crew of other serious bikers. Depending on the day, he bikes between 2 to 5 hours, 17 to 30 miles, and 2,500 to 3,500 feet in elevation. Biking not only is a great work out for your abs, back, and legs, but it also can burn an incredible amount of calories. Sometimes up to 1,500 to 1,800 each ride, or more.
Pilates, yoga, and weightlifting are also a mainstay for Bloom. The combination of stress and stretch keeps the blood flow active and muscles plump. Not to mention, it makes the metabolism work to its best potential.
#5) Taylor Kitsch – “The Nutritionist”
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Before starring in Battleship and John Carter, Taylor Kitsch was a certified nutritionist and trainer. According to him, fitness is all about finding someone who will help you reach your goals. Most celebrities have a trainer, so you should have one too.
His advice is to be clear with your trainer, take responsibility for your shortcomings, listen to your favorite jams at the gym, commit to your routine and don’t just give up after a week, and eat right without going crazy about it. Coming from a licensed nutritionist, I will certainly take him for his word.
According to Kitsch, you should never deprive yourself of the foods you like. The most important thing is to have protein with every meal and to eat complex carbs, especially in the morning. You should never expect to be jacked up overnight. Patience is necessary if you ever want to see the results you want. The trick is looking at it long term, rather than short term.