Hugh Jackman is one of The Most Muscular Actors In Hollywood
This article will focus on Hugh Jackman methods which he used to get in such good shape for Wolverine. In case you haven't noticed Hugh jackman is buff. The man has a great muscular physique.
Hugh Jackman was in pretty good shape before he even prepared for his role as Wolverine, but Hugh wanted to add a bit more muscle. It was actually more important for Hugh Jackman to stay lean while gaining muscle. You see, Wolverine was already ripped, it wouldn't have worked for Hugh Jackman to get bulky.
Two Phases: Tempo Phase for Mass followed by Strength Training Phase. Each phase lasted 6 weeks.
Gaining Muscle Phase: Hugh Jackman's trainer changed the tempo that Hugh had been lifting with to force the muscles to adapt...to force the muscles to grow. He had Hugh lift the weight for 3 seconds up and one second down. At first this limited the amount of weight he could lift, but as he adapted it help him put on a lot of lean mass.
Strength Training Phase: This phase was all about lifting as heavy as possible with no rules on tempo. He just wanted to see how heavy he could lift. The great thing about the previous phase is that it made these weights seem lighter. Hugh actually was benching 315 for reps before filming began. He alternated these two phased for 5 months.
How He Stayed Lean During This Training
The last week of each phase, he would lift only once per week and concentrate hard on interval cardio. These workouts were intense and meant to help him burn off any little bit of fat he accumulated during the 6 weeks of each phase.
Every Friday was Bootcamp
He didn't want to follow a typical bodybuilder routine, because he needed to have a sleek strong look, not slow and bulky. This is why he would take part in an hour and a half bootcamp every Friday. It was brutal bodyweight and interval style training to boost the metabolism and keep him lean while gaining strength.
Summary: Hugh Jackman end up looking amazing for his role as Wolverine. He did it by gaining muscle at a slow rate while staying lean the whole time. For most people it is a mistake to follow the bodybuilding approach to gaining muscle...it simply isn't healthy or as effective to gain all the extra fat along with the muscle. Use an approach similar to Hugh Jackman for best results when aiming to get ripped.