I started working out because of Ryan Reynolds.
The moment after I saw Blade 3 back in 2007 or so was the moment I started to take my workouts, weight lifting, and nutrition very seriously.
Everyone has a physique that they envied and I envied the shit out of Reynolds’.
His physique was lean and muscular but not in a “I’m trying too hard” fashion that a lot of bodybuilders had. He had just the right amount of muscle and motivated me to hit it hard in the gym for years to come.
Ryan Reynolds height, weight, and body fat%
Ryan Reynolds is 6’2″ and weighs in at about 190 pounds.
For his role in Blade 3, he reportedly leaned down to 4% body fat which is insane, if true. Getting down to 4% pretty much as low as you can go before running into serious health problems.
What Ryan Reynolds did to get in shape
After doing some research I’ve discovered that Ryan Reynolds did what many Hollywood celebrities did to get in shape for Blade 3.
He did over 90 minutes of weights per day in the gym and did a lot of traditional cardio.
On top of that he a very strict diet consisting of boring foods like chicken and brown rice.
But over the years I’ve discovered that you really don’t need to slave away in the gym for 2+ hours per day and eat nothing but veggies, rice, and chicken all day long.
In fact, over the past few years I’ve discovered a way to only workout 3-4x per week for no more than hour while still eating foods like pizza and burgers while still lose fat and build muscle like Ryan Reynolds.
The “Unofficial” Ryan Reynolds workout plan
Note this isn’t the official workout training plan Ryan Reynolds used to get ripped for Blade or any of his roles. But it is a damn effective plan for those that want to lose weight or build muscle and get ripped.
- Incline bench press – 3 x 5, 6, 7-8 (RPT)
- DB shoulder press – 3 x 10, 8, 6 (SPT)
- Pull ups (weighted) – 3 x 5, 6, 7-8 (RPT)
- Cable row – 3 x 10, 8, 6 (SPT)
- Face pulls – 3 x 12
- Triceps push down – 4 x 12
- Hanging leg raises – 3 x 12
- Deadlifts/Squat (switch between deadlift and squat every week) – 4 x 4, 5, 6, 7 (RPT)
- Bulgairan split squat – 3 x 10, 8, 6 (SPT) /// reps are per leg (e.g. 10 reps per leg)
- Leg extensions – 3 x 10
- Calf raise – 5 x 10-15
- Dumbbell swing – 3 x 10-12
- HIIT Sprints: 3-5 total sprints (30 seconds sprint, 90 seconds rest. Repeat 3-5 times)
- DB shoulder press – 3 x 6, 8, 10 (RPT)
- High pull – 3 x 6, 8, 10 (RPT)
- Barbell row – 3 x 10, 8, 6 (SPT)
- Lat pull down – 3 x 10, 8, 6 (SPT)
- Hammer curls – 4 x 8-10 (per arm)
- Reverse curls – 3 x 10-15 (per arm)
- Hanging leg raises – 3×12
Standard pyramid training (SPT) = The first set set is your lightest set. On the second set increase the weight by 10% and 1-2 less reps. On the third set increase the weight by 10% again and do 1-2 less reps, and so on… For example if something above says “3 x 10, 8, 6” this means you are doing 3 sets, the first set is 10 reps, on the second set lower the weight by 10% and do 6 reps, on the third set lower the weight by 10% again and do 6 reps.
Reverse pyramid training (RPT) = The opposite of the standard pyramid training above. The first set is your heaviest set. On the second set, lower the weight by 10% and do 1-2 more reps. On the third set lower the weight by 10% again and do 1-2 more reps, and so on…
For exercises without a SPT or RPT symbol, simply do the same weight for the specified reps.
DB = dumbbell
HIIT = high intensity interval training
Dieting for ripped abs like Ryan Reynolds: How to eat burgers & doughnuts and still drop fat like crazy
Everyone like burgers and doughnuts.
But those are evil foods that cause you to gain weight, right?
Well most mainstream nutritionists and Hollywood trainers would have you believe that but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
When it comes to dieting for a Hollywood physique, yes, you need to eat “healthy” foods 80% of the time meaning you do need to eat more healthy foods like lean meats, fruits and veggies.
But once you’ve consumed a good amount of protein and hit your nutritional goals for the day, you can splurge a bit and have doughnut or whatever your favorite treat. The secret here is to simply not overdo it and to stay within your given calories.
How do you calculate your calories?
Here’s a formula for both losing fat and building muscle.
Daily calorie intake for fat loss: 10-12 times your BW ( in pounds)
Daily calorie intake for muscle building: 16-18 times your BW (in pounds)
After calculating your calories for either fat loss or muscle building, make sure you hit the following macro nutrient goals as well:
Protein: At least 0.7 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight
Fat: 20-25% of total calorie intake
Carbs: Fill in the rest of your daily calorie intake with carbs after fulfilling the requirements above.
By focusing on hitting a specific calorie/macronutrient goal every day instead of eating a certain group of foods, you’re a given a lot more freedom in the way you choose what foods you eat. And let me tell you, that beats the hell out eating chicken and brown rice every day.
The program I recommend if you’re serious about getting a body like Ryan Reynolds
If you’re truly serious about getting a body like Ryan Reynolds, I recommend checking out Superhero X12, a complete step by step program which has everything you need to build a body like Reynolds.
It’s the program I wish I had when I had when I started working out and it’s perfect for getting a lean and aesthetic Hollywood body.
If you have any questions about the Ryan Reynolds workout above, leave a comment below and I’ll answer them ASAP.