Hugh Jackman’s Transformation to Wolverine
Hugh Jackman, the highly acclaimed Australian born actor, landed his most iconic role when he played, Wolverine in the X-Men film series. The role gained him global fame and a highly ranked celebrity status, among Hollywood’s most successful stars.
But it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for the actor (sorry, Rocky it had to be said). According to the comic book, Jackman went through a fierce transformation to get himself fit for the role of Wolverine, that featured his muscular bare chest for most of the movie. Jackman increased his strength and stamina, until he could reportedly bench press 300 Ibs. Now with Jackman nearing his 50s, the transformation back into Wolverine, doesn’t get any easier.
“It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Wolverine – but rather hard work and sweat.”
Over the last decade, Jackman managed to achieve and maintain an iconic muscular look, fit enough for the Marvel mutant. While most men approaching his age tend to slow down, Jackman managed to jumpstart his workout and transformed his physique into a new iconic character. According to Jackman, he wasn’t really satisfied about how Wolverine looked in the first few movies ( but he’d be the first to complain) The transformation into Wolverine, was harder than what he originally thought. But with lots of training, he achieved the look he was aiming for and in his last additions to the movie franchise, we saw him with some seriously pumped up muscles and veins. He wanted the audience to feel that Wolverine could easily rip someone’s head off (point made, Jackman)
“From a skinny 170-pound 23-year-old to a Hollywood A-lister.”
To achieve his amazing physique, that he’s kept improving over the years, Jackman’s had to workout intensely, with his personal trainer. His workout was hardcore and highly calculated to change his body image in just 4 weeks. The goal was to achieve progressive overloading, that involved a lot of basic lifts like bench press, different types of squats and deadlifts. Shoulder presses and weighted pull ups, were also used to help him use his muscles in the best way possible. Jackman didn’t use any machines in his workout routine. The goal of the workout wasn’t to get bulked up, but to create balance. That’s why the rep range was always between 6 and w10, decreasing the weight level by 25% during the last set.
Even a strong mutant like Wolverine, needs the right fuel for his workout routine. That’s why he stuck to a high protein diet that involved lots and lots, of chicken breasts. He also supplemented his diet with various protein shakes, that would help get his muscles pumping. He needed the right supplements before his extensive workout routine, so he chose to take Animal Pump and Animal Nitro. Animal Pump works by pumping your body with the required amount of energy needed to fuel your muscles before a hard workout session – provided you don’t consume any food or protein shake, between taking the pack and your work out session.
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Jackman had to consume a ridiculously large amount of food, almost 4000 calories per day. For his latest movie he took that one step further, by consuming as much as 5000 calories per day, to stay in shape. It was important for Jackman to know what to eat and when to eat it. He mainly stuck to a 16-8 eating program, where he would fast for 16 hours and then eat everything he wanted for 8 hours. This allowed him to stay focused on other tasks and got his metabolism rate higher, which enabled him to burn more fat in his 40s, than what he did decades younger. Intermittent fasting, has been known to help people burn more fat when they workout in the fasting state because you are left with more glycogen which gives the body more energy. So, Jackman made sure to stick to intermittent fasting, also for the growth hormone benefits, rather than resorting to steroids.
His rich diet contained a large portion of proteins, that were essential for the health of his muscles and contained moderate amount of fats and fewer carbs. Most of the carbs he consumed came from vegetables. He would normally engage in carb cycling, which meant taking more carbs on weight lifting days and less on rest days.
“He mainly stuck to a 16-8 eating program, where he would fast for 16 hours and then eat everything he wanted for 8 hours.”
Following these techniques, Jackman achieved a body that is hard for many (at any age) to achieve. It just proves that, when it comes to hard work and the right supplements, age ain’t nothin but a number.
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