Hol­ly­wood’s lead­ing men have never been big­ger – lit­er­ally. Here’s how to fol­low their lead and get a block­buster body

Men's Fitness - - Contents - Words Joel Snape

Our ex­pert panel picks the ten most im­pres­sive Hol­ly­wood ac­tion stars of all time – find out if you agree

There was a time, way be­fore hi-def and widescreen, when be­ing in shape for a film role was a rar­ity – some­thing you did for a boxing biopic, maybe, or as a by-prod­uct of a for­mer ca­reer as a car­pen­ter (Har­ri­son Ford) or bare-knuckle boxer (Robert Mitchum). Those days are gone. In the post-Tyler Dur­den, post- 300 era, a six-pack is as much a part of the ac­tor’s ar­se­nal as a stunt dou­ble, and barely a year goes by with­out an eye-pop­ping trans­for­ma­tion from one for­merly lardy lead. But who’s the real king of the big-screen bod­ies? We asked a team of ex­perts to de­cide, then un­cov­ered the nu­tri­tional se­crets, moves and work­outs that built their physiques. And… ac­tion!


To make our se­lec­tion, we con­sulted an ar­ray of body trans­for­ma­tion spe­cial­ists, coaches, train­ers and film buffs. Our panel were asked to con­sider both form and func­tion, so stunt­work, ath­letic cre­den­tials and aes­thetics all count. Dis­agree with them – we dare you.

Nick Mitchell

is one of the world’s fore­most body trans­for­ma­tion coaches, a best-sell­ing au­thor and the owner of seven UP Fit­ness gyms around the globe.

Richard Tid­marsh

is the owner and lead trainer of Reach Fit­ness Lon­don, where he trains UFC fighters, rugby stars and foot­ballers with lung-sap­ping meta­bolic con­di­tion­ing and strength cir­cuits.

Andy McKen­zie

is a body­weight ex­er­cise spe­cial­ist and for­mer army PT known as ‘Iron Mac’ who has worked with the likes of po­lar ad­ven­turer Ben Saun­ders.

Andy McTag­gart

is the health and fit­ness manager of Fit­ness First’s flag­ship gym in cen­tral Lon­don, a CrossFit com­peti­tor and con­di­tion­ing spe­cial­ist.

Richard Jor­dan

is the as­so­ciate edi­tor of To­tal Film mag­a­zine, an oc­ca­sional gym-goer and an en­thu­si­as­tic con­sumer of all things Marvel Uni­verse-re­lated.

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