The Hugh Jackman Workout

We aren’t sure how Hugh Jackman didn’t make it on the list of fittest male celebs for 2009, but we are pretty sure he is one of Hollywood’s fittest actors.  Jackman’s preparation for his role as Wolverine in the latest X-Men film is legendary.

Let’s take a look at one of the workouts prepared by celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson that got Jackman ready for Wolverine this past summer.

Station A
(perform 8-12 reps of each exercise then move on to the next; complete 4 circuits of this station)

  1. Squat
  2. Dumbbell Step Ups (or Calf Raise Machine)
  3. Medicine Ball Chops
  4. Dumbbell Single-Arm Row (or Rear Deltoid Machine)
  5. Crunches - 20
  6. Step Ups – 15 steps per leg

Active Recovery – 2 minutes on Airdyne bike

Station B
(perform 8-12 reps of each exercise then move on to the next; complete 3 circuits of this station)

  1. Gorilla Pullups
  2. Standing Jump and Reach (or if possible, Vertimax jumps)
  3. Fat Bar Curls
  4. Jump Rope – 1 min

Active Recovery – 2 minutes on treadmill – incline at 2%, speed at 3-4 mph

Station C
(perform 8-12 reps of each exercise then move on to the next; complete 3 circuits of this station)

  1. Standing Cable Fly
  2. Standing Cable Press
  3. Standing Triceps Extension
  4. Wood Chops
  5. Push Press

Active Recovery – 2 minutes heavy punching bag

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300 movie image gerard butler Sequel to 300 in the Works workout routines role preparation fitness news 300 creator Frank Miller recently discussed his follow up work titled Xerxes in this interview with the LA Times and 300 Director Zack Snyder has expressed interest in bringing Miller’s latest work to the big screen.  While this project is still far from being complete it reminds us of the fitness craze 300 brought on in 2007.

The “300 workout” first appeared on the Men’s Health website in video form as demonstrated by Craig Ballantyne of Turbulence Training.  Contrary to popular belief Ballantyne did not create this workout but his YouTube video demonstration of the workout has been viewed over 1 million times.

The original “300 rep Spartan Workout” was created by Mark Twight for actor Gerard Butler.  Butler talks about his grueling 4 months of training for the movie in this interview with Men’s Health.

“You know that every bead of sweat falling off your head, every weight you’ve pumped — the history of that is all in your eyes,” says Butler of his dedication. “That was a great thing, to put on that cape and put on that helmet, and not have to think, Shit, I should have trained more. Instead, I was standing there feeling like a lion.”

Keep reading for video of the workout…

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High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale’s new show Hellcats premiered this week on the CW. Both shows involve high energy dancing and performing. To prepare, Ashley has to eat right, exercise, and strengthen her core. Check out what Ashley Tisdale shared with Shape about her inspiration for adopting healthy habits!

Workout Inspiration

Back when Ashley Tisdale starred on the Disney show The Suite Life of Zach & Cody she suffered a back injury. She says, “It was a bad fall, and it really started hurting when I was dancing on tour.” “In order to get my back stronger, I knew I had to strengthen my core.” Although Ashley was used to performing, she did not enjoy her gym workouts.  She says, “I loved performing in the High School Musical movies — that didn’t seem like work — but the gym felt like torture!” Ashley’s new approach? “Now before I work out, I think, ‘I love exercise’ and it works.”

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samanthaharrismf 230x300   Samantha Harris Leaving DWTS to Workout More? workout routines fitness tips fitness news celebrity workouts celebrity fitness celebrity diets Ok, we made that last part up…but only because it’s probably not possible for Samantha to be more fit.  Either way, Harris announced today that she is leaving ABC’s hit reality show Dancing With the Stars and will not return as co-host for the show’s 10th season.  Samantha plans to spend more time working on other projects, like her correspondent duties at The Insider and the weekend edition of Entertainment Tonight.

Widely recognized as one of the most fit women in Hollywood Samantha has graced the cover of several fitness magazines, including four times as the Muscle & Fitness: Hers cover girl.  Here are some of the stars best fitness tips…

On how she stays on track…

“I have a tough time giving myself a day off,” Samantha admits.  “Fit in exercise like any other appointment in your day. Make it a priority to be sure that appointment happens – even if it has to be split into two shorter workouts.”

Her goals…

“My goal is maintainence for decades to come! Staying fit is a lifelong goal – to have a healthy lifestyle. To eat well and keep up a regular workout routine.  Some weeks are more challenging than others, but if I fall off track at all, my hubby and I make sure to get back on top of it again.”

A week of Samantha’s workouts…


“I take a 60-minute crazy, high-power cardio kickboxing class at the gym, with the requisite fast-paced punches, throws and kicks, Billy Blanks style.

This workout leaves me dripping by the end. It’s pretty intense; we always follow the cardio portion of the class with abs and stretching.”


“I run the Santa Monica stairs. I warm up, do some stretching and then run up the cement steps and back down again two times. After that, I run “laps” up the wood steps, over to the cement ones and down them. I’ll do 8-9 laps and then throw a last one in there as a cool-down.”

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Celebrity Trainer Shaun T’s INSANITY Workout

INSANITY by Shaun T is a new workout program with 10 workout DVDs that includes plyometric and interval training for power building, cardio training, and ab and core strengthening.

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Ray Allen’s Workout and Diet Have Him and the Boston Celtics Looking for Another Championship

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The Boston Celtics and Ray Allen are looking for their second championship in three years thanks to Allen’s improved workout and diet.

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Marisa Tomei Uses Hula-Hoops For Fitness

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Actress Marisa Tomei is promoting a healthy lifestyle by using hula-hoops to workout and has a DVD coming out in May.

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American Idol Fitness – David Cook

Former American Idol champion David Cook’s workout and diet he used to lose 15 pounds during the show.

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