This summer’s blockbuster must-sees are taking off and rolling with some of the fittest stars in the acting business. If you’re wondering just what these talented people do to get those amazing toned bodies, we’ve got the info you need here with how each actor or actress prepared for their spotlight on the big screen.
In this summer’s most anticipated movie, The Dark Knight Rises, Christian Bale had to develop a body that was strong and visually appealing. In order to make it happen, Bale combined agility training, compound exercises and explosive power moves. The compound exercises were meant to add strength and bulk and improve speed and agility. Some of these exercises include squats, stiff-leg dead lifts, leg press, pull ups, and the bench press. The explosive power moves included things like jump squats to establish faster reflexes and develop power.
His diet plan was structured around ratios of one part healthy fats, two parts protein, and three parts carbs. The amount of protein he would consume was to equal to 1.5 grams for every pound he weighed. He would also split his meals up into small portions so he was eating about every three hours in order to keep his metabolism going.
2. Anne Hathaway
Also playing a lead role in The Dark Knight Rises is Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. Hathaway admitted she felt extreme pressure while playing this role not only because she was the first female villian in Christopher Noloan’s Batman series, but because of the physical appearance she had to earn in order to look pleasing in the tight black leather jumpsuit. Hathaway’s diet was limited to hummus and radishes, and she had to find a way to be skinny and strong at the same time.
“It turns out that what I thought was hard, in Catwoman’s world, is actually light to moderate,” admitted Hathaway. The sexy feline to-be worked for an entire year in the gym to measure up to standards.
While actually shooting the film the actress lived off of “kale and dust” in order to fit into Catwoman’s costume. ”The suit, thoughts of my suit, changing my life so I would fit into that suit… It dominated my year. I didn’t understand how you could be thin and strong. I went into the gym for ten months and didn’t come out,” she said.
Preparing for the role was less about weight and more about strength and skill. A large portion of her workouts revolved around stunt training five days a week along with an hour and a half of dance for cardio. Something we’re looking forward to seeing in the movie is the mixed martial arts moves performed in heels by Hathaway. Now THAT takes some serious skills!
Next on our list is hottie Channing Tatum. Channing’s out this summer in the new movie Magic Mike, loosely based on his real-life past as a stripper. In order to shape his 6’1″ physique for the role, Tatum started off with trying out a vegan diet that actually made him gain weight. This was due to his hatred for fruits and vegetables so he’d wrap everything in bread. After two months with bad luck on the vegan side of things, Tatum moved to a low-fat and high protein diet. His workouts consisted of high-intensity circuit training as well as weight training.
Our next Summer 2012 movie star is hitting the big screens with the new prequel The Amazing Spiderman. Since Garfield already had the lean look down, his goal was to focus on building muscle that would allow him to perform the movie’s demanding stunts. His trainers had the young actor doing plyometrics and Pilates to obtain power and speed. While the Plyometric workouts focused on high-intensity training, such as box jumps, the Pilates workouts focused on strengthening the core muscles. The trainers picked the workout regimen carefully because they didn’t want the actor to have too much muscle. This was because Spiderman is supposed to be one of (if not) the most flexible superheros, therefore bulkiness would hinder his performance.
Garfield’s diet consisted of minimal fruit (due to unnecessary sugars) and lots of vegetables and lean sources of protein such as chicken breasts and fish.
If you haven’t heard, Katy’s in the spotlight this summer and I’m not talking about her relationship status. Here in the next few weeks her movie Katy Perry: Part of Me will be hitting the screens and she’ll be looking fabulous as usual. So what’s she doing to keep that incredible fit bod of hers? It’s pretty simple actually. She stays away from things like fried foods and even diet soda (because the calories eventually add up). When she’s backstage, there’s a no fast-food policy and her dressing room is filled with fresh organic foods.
When she’s at home Katy’s training with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. When it’s time to prepare for a specific upcoming event, like her movie, Harley will have her follow what he calls his 5-Factor Diet. The diet lasts for five weeks and consists of five key ingredients: protein, carbs, fiber, good fats, and a sugar-free beverages. One “cheat day” a week is allowed where Katy can eat whatever she desires, but she’s required to workout at least 25 minutes a day.
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July 2nd, 2012