Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern Workout: The People’s Choice in Brightest Day
Ryan Reynold Workout
Guest post by: Chris Cannon
Is there a hotter commodity in Hollywood today than Ryan Reynolds?
The Vancouver, Canada-born actor (b.1976) has built an impressive T.V. and movie portfolio over a two-decade career. Best known for his roles in romantic comedies (“Rom-Coms”) like “Just Friends” (2005), “Definitely Maybe” (2008), and the blockbuster “The Proposal” (2009), Reynolds has also quietly built an impressive action hero portfolio.
Many of us recall his portrayal of Hannibal King in “Blade: Trinity” (2004), where his chiseled “six-pack” physique was prominently featured. More recently, Ryan played the swordsman-mercenary Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009) opposite Hugh Jackman, and is slated for the title role in Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ “Green Lantern“, due out in summer 2011.
Other personal accomplishments include being named People Magazine’s “Sexist Man Alive” for 2010, and the new face for Hugo Boss fragrances.
Ryan Reynolds also happens to be married to actor Scarlett Johansson, GQ’s 2010 “Babe of the Year”.
Some guys have all the luck…
Stunning Ryan Reynolds Celebrity Workout Details Uncovered
Reynolds has been athletic and physically active throughout his life, but to become a Hollywood A-lister required professional training advice and renewed fitness dedication.
Enter renowned celebrity physical trainer Bobby Strom (Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Biel), Ryan’s go-to-guy for the past eight years. In a WebMD feature interview, Strom reveals that he is a strong believer in functional fitness, which features a balance between traditional weight training, stability exercises, and core training.
To better prepare for his Green Lantern role, Ryan worked out for ninety minutes daily, seven days a week for six months during production. By using a split-training and “muscle confusion”-type philosophy, Reynolds avoided overtraining to ensure that different parts of his body had adequate recovery time during filming.
Some workout details revealed include:
- Sit-ups as a warm-up activity.
- Heavy resistance training for muscular development.
- Pilates, Yoga, or foam rolling (i.e. stretching, no weight training) during especially grueling filming days.
Taking Superhero Workout Intensity to the Next Level
Strom’s workout design was tailored to what Reynolds would be doing at a particular shoot. For example, kickboxing to prepare for fight scenes and back exercises for harness work.
Thanks to his rigorous training regime, Reynolds sculpted physique has adorned numerous magazines and is being help up as an example for future models and actors.
Eating Habits Fit for the Green Lantern Corps
During filming of Green Lantern, Ryan Reynolds followed some common eating advice for athletes and others involved in dedicated training:
- Meals every 2-3 hours to avoid hunger and binging.
- Drinking lots of water to maintain body temperature, transport oxygen and nutrients in your body, and protect joints and vital organs.
His sample meal plan is surprisingly simple:
- Breakfast: Egg whites (occasionally, a few whole eggs); oatmeal (old-fashioned, steel-cut; avoid instant!) without refined sugars. Add apple sauce or cinnamon for taste.
- Snack: Protein bar
- Lunch: Tuna wraps or chicken salad.
- Snack: Whey protein shake, protein bar and an apple
- Dinner: Broiled fish, grilled salmon, ground turkey or chicken; brown rice and vegetables
- Before Bedtime Snack: Protein shake
Ever the multi-talented mentor, trainer Strom cooked regularly for Ryan Reynolds!
His specialty dish is a feisty Bolognese, and here is the recipe:
- 97% fat-free ground bison, sautéed in a skillet with broccolini and marinara sauce.
- Black pepper, cayenne, some garlic.
- No salt or sugar, served over brown rice or brown rice pasta.
Thanks to dedicated, task-specific exercises and healthy diet habits, Ryan Reynolds is one of a few A-list actors who look believable as either a beefed-up action-hero (200 pounds, 8% body fat), or a slimmed down rom-com guy (e.g. 180 pounds, 11% body fat). At over six feet, two inches tall, he has the frame to go either way for upcoming flicks.
For the rest of us, it’s important to achieve what’s achievable, regardless of our current state. Not having the resources or abilities of a Ryan Reynolds is no excuse for avoiding regular exercise and healthier living.
Source: Matt McMillen. “Ryan Reynolds Workout Secrets.” Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, M.D. www.webmd.com Accessed 20 Nov 10.
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