Ryan Reynolds has always been known as one of the ‘ripped’ Hollywood actors.
As far back as 2004 when he portrayed Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity, to later times when he was the Green Lantern, to even more recent years as Deadpool, Reynolds has always had a fabulous physique.
It’s safe to say that he knows what he’s doing.
Now, the question is, what can we learn from Ryan and use for ourselves? Let’s find out.
The Ryan Reynolds Diet Plan
Even though we’ve come to associate Reynolds with a ripped physique, he wasn’t always that way.
According to some sources, the actor had lived like an absolute frat boy. He didn’t care what he ate or drank. But once he landed his role in Blade: Trinity, Reynolds got serious.
Twelve weeks of six weekly workouts and approximately 3200 calories per day transformed the actor from a skinny party boy to the ripped Hannibal King we saw on the big screen.
But what the actor wanted was to play Deadpool. Reynolds has said that he’s been a fan of Deadpool all his life. He had a last-minute audition for the role in Wolverine, so he had to bulk up fast.
In his own words:
“I was eating, like, live children as they passed in order to bulk up.”
Of course, Reynolds could have opted for a more sustainable approach and fill in his nutritional requirements with healthy foods and the right supplements. But, to each his own, I suppose.
The Ryan Reynolds Training Plan
Reynolds wanted to get even more shredded for Deadpool 2, so he teamed up with celeb trainer Don Saladino.
Fortunately for everyone, bits of his regimen were picked up by lots of big sources, and we’ve put all the pieces in their right places.
Saladino has stated that he’s eliminated a lot of the direct ab work in Reynolds’ program. They’ve been relying more on heavy compound movements like pulling and squatting for core work.
Also, Saladino has been talking about intuitive training and its benefits. In his own words:
“Not every day has to be a Level 10 on the workout meter. He comes in, he and I sit down and we have an understanding. I ask ‘how are you feeling today,’ and we make an adjustment to focus the intensity on how he’s feeling.”
The actor’s coach has also stated the importance of finding what works for people, based on their diet, goals, stress levels, and lifestyle.
Saladino has prescribed lots of circuits and supersets, as well as tons of other conditioning work such as jogging and sprinting. These workouts look very dynamic and quite fun.
With that, here is the program:
Incline Chest Press: 15-12-10-8-5
Dumbbell Bicep Curls: 15-12-10
Back Squats: 15-12-10-8-5
Skull Crushers: 15-12-10
Front Raises (Shoulders): 15-12-10
Dumbbell Rows: 15-12-10
Jog 3 Miles
500 Total Reps:
100 Pull Ups
100 Push Ups
100 Air Squats
100 Ring Dips
Shoulder Presses (Barbell): 15-12-10-8-5
Preacher Curls: 15-12-10
Barbell Bench Press: 15-12-10-8-5
Inner Bench Press (Light): 15-12-10
Lateral Pull Downs: 15-12-10
Weighted Step Ups: 20-20-20
15 Power Cleans
25 Push Ups
15 Sit Ups
5 Pull Ups
Incline Cable Flyes: 15-12-10
Weighted Lunges: 20-20-20
Overhead Tricep Extension: 15-12-10
Arnold Presses: 15-12-10
Dumbbell Hammer Curls: 15-12-10