Ryan Reynolds’s Fitness Routine
Ryan Reynolds’ body transformation for his role in the movie Blade is one of the best we’ve seen. Ryan packed on twenty pounds of muscle for the role. He managed to get his body fat down to 3%. People actually thought he had ab implants. Want to Know how Ryan Sculpted His Body? Keep Reading.
Ryan Reynolds’s Ab Implants?
Ryan Reynolds: “Muscle and Fitness” magazine was interviewing our trainer (Ryan and Jessica Biel’s Trainer)
Jessica Biel: They wanted to do a story on our training. They said, “Well, we’re really interested in Jessica but we’re just not so sure about Ryan because of the ab implants.”
Ryan Reynolds: They thought it was just prosthetics on my stomach!
Ryan Reynolds: It’s true. They didn’t believe it.
Jessica Biel: They really thought he had ab implants.
Ryan Reynolds’s Blade Trinity Diet
Ryan ate a high protein diet, and made sure he ate something every 2-3 hours, to keep his fat burning to a maximum. “I attribute my results mostly to nutrition.” “Your body doesn’t need to store fat for energy if you’re feeding it all the time,” explains Bobby Strom Ryan’s Trainer. While eating a protein/carb mix every 2 hours all day, I’d wind up having about 8 – 10 “tiny” meals instead of 3 big meals over the course of a day. No carbs at night, but plenty during the day. This kind of diet kept my blood sugar even and gave me the requisite energy needed for the physicality of the role… “Never do any of that carve-starve crap.” Ryan says. Instead, Ryan makes sure to eat his carbohydrates post-workout, and none after 8 p.m.
Ryan Reynolds’s Food Prep Tips
Ryan doesn’t employ a personal chef, so to save time he cooks his meals in advance. For example, Ryan will make a large batch of Irish steel-cut oatmeal and freeze it. That way, the most important meal of the day requires the least amount of work.
Ryan Reynolds’s Menu
Breakfast: 2 eggs, some “good” fat like a spoon of almond butter or slice of avocado, and 1 cup of oatmeal with applesauce
Midmorning Snack: Protein Bar
Lunch: Albacore Tuna Wrap or Chicken and Salad
Mid-afternoon Snack: protein shake (whey and water), protein bar, or apple and almonds
Dinner: broiled fish or chicken, brown rice, vegetables, and salad
Evening Snack: Protein Shake
Ryan Reynolds’s Muscle Building Supplements
“I gained a lot more muscle mass when I went on creatine.” Ryan also took L-glutamine, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), whey protein, and a multivitamin.
Ryan Reynolds’s Workout Tips
“If you hate your workout, you’re not going to do it.” Ryan recommends customizing your workout routine. For instance Ryan found it “meditative” to do his abdominal exercises first instead of last.
Ryan Reynolds’s Blade Trinity Workout Routine
“My trainer was a guy named Darren Chapman. He’s one of the most inspiring individuals I’ve ever met. A member of the UK’s Olympic bobsled team, he’s as adept at the nutritional training as he is the physical training. Also, a great guy that doesn’t mind me calling him every swear word ever heard in any language. He showed me how important the process of visualization is. Visualizing the transformation I had to make, I believe was key to making it happen. With this information, I began training as though preparing for the olympics…”
“Workouts were about 2-3 hours. Generally starting off with around 500 – 1000 sit-ups. Then heavy weights for bulk. I’m a pretty scrawny guy so we cut cardio entirely and just focused on bulking up. Weight training involved a variety of exercises too numerous to mention at reps of about 8-12, for 6 days a week. After the first week I was longing for the sweet release of death, but soon enough got really into it.”
“I’d work one body part per day, as in: chest day, back day, shoulder day, leg day, with arms mixed in. Don’t know what I was benching. I remember it wasn’t anything to brag about.” “ABS – Lower abs are the hardest muscle to develop. Most males store their fat in the lower abdomen. The trainer had me using one of those exercise balls between my legs, lifting up and down, using my arms to anchor myself. I’d also put a 15 pound dumb-bell between my feet, and do leg raises while lying on the ground, also, any library will have an exercise book filled with illustrations of ab workouts.”
Ryan Reynolds’s Words of Fitness Wisdom
“The main thing I learned about this whole process is how important food is. Transforming your body quickly is a genetic ability, but can also be traumatic. Eating properly is 80% of the equation. Most people think it’s the other way around…”
“I learned that 80% of building muscle is diet. We got the food down to a science, making sure I was getting enough calories to gain mass, but not fat. A lot of oatmeal, eggs, protein bars for snacks, chicken, fish or steak for dinner. I ate a lot of small meals all day long. Lots of protein, but plenty of carbs, too. I really don’t believe in that no-carb stuff. It’s probably not good for you–and it makes you pretty cranky.”
Has Ryan Reynolds Maintained His Blade Physique?
“No way! It was nice to be able to take a break. But just as I’d gotten used to being lazy again and sitting on my ass all day, we had to re-shoot some scenes, so they sent me back into the gym. I’m glad, though, because I ended up finding this nice gray area, where I still work out four or five times a week and enjoy it, but it’s not to that extreme level.”
Source: Men’s Health Magazine