Ryan Reynolds Strategy to Stay in Shape

Ryan Reynolds Workout for Building Muscles

Ryan Reynolds was totally ripped for the 2004 movie, Blade Trinity. He has come a long way since Van Wilder and his days as Berg on “Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place”. Naturally, such a transformation has generated a lot of buzz: what workout did Ryan use to go from scrawny to buff?

Though many Hollywood actors have to stay in great shape for a movie role, few have achieved the advanced level of conditioning that Reynolds did while preparing for his part. A few others are worthy of note, for example Daniel Criag for James Bond; Hugh Jackman for his role in Xmen, Brad Pitt in Fight Club and Taylor Lautner in New Moon.

So what was the Ryan Reynolds workout for Blade Trinity?

Ryan wasn’t out of shape when he began his training for Blade Trinity so he was already ahead of the game. He was at 11% body fat, which is lower than most people. Ryan eats well and maintains a slim physique generally (see Van Wilder for an example); he only really lacked muscle density.

Ryan put on 20 pounds of muscle in less than 5 months.

That may sound unbelievable, but it’s attributed to one simple fact: When someone starts to weight train and eat healthy, they will build muscle fairly easily. For anyone looking to bulk up, there is a one-time window of opportunity for a person to gain muscle at a rapid pace early. Typically, you will see men do this in their late teens or early 20’s. As for Ryan, he simply waited until he was 26 to exploit this opportunity.

Ryan did what is called a One-Part-Per-Day Blitz to gain his muscle.

On day one, he focused on training his chest. Day two was back, day three shoulders, and legs on day four. He trained his arms depending on how blitz they got during his other workout. Workouts lasted for three hours. He did -12 repetitions. and he spanned his workout about 6 days a week.

What about Ryan’s diet, working towards Blade Trinity?

He doubled his meal count: 6 meals a day, while limited calorie intake. He allowed himself to eat carbs until 8PM, but none after that point. Primarily, Ryan focused on keeping his insulin levels stable in order to maximize his body’s ability to burn fat. He did this by never eating carbs by themselves. He always included a bit of protein with his carbs.

Some people would say that he actually worked too hard.

He dedicated himself to a two to three hour workout for 6 days a week. He could have increased his fat burn rate with the effects of increased HGH levels with just a bit of strategic fasting — instead of living in the gym.

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