How Ryan Reynolds’s Transformed From Comic To Hero
When Ryan Reynolds starred in National Lampoon’s Van wilder Party Liaison, he was living pretty much as the film described it (at least when it came to his diet). He didn’t eat healthily and admits to it today, but has had a spectacular transformation from those days.
He first started his amazing body transformation when he got the role of Hannibal King in the movie Blade: Trinity, the third Blade movie. That was back in 2003. At the time, Reynolds had 5 months to get from a frat boy’s body to a shredded, lean and muscular physique, and build lean muscle he certainly did.
Within less than 5 months, the actor gained 25 pounds of lean mass. His meal schedule included between 8 to 10 meals a day, that equated to about 3,200 calories each day. His workout regime ran for 6 days a week non-stop until shooting commenced in January 2004.
Since then, numerous notable roles have come his way, and not at all inadvertently. He maintained his great physique through an active life, one that features intense workouts and a strict dieting discipline. The rewards have been nothing but staggering and well worth the effort as he has had opportunities to work with some of the most notable names in the film industry, such as Sandra Bullock and Denzel Washington – both Hollywood A-list Oscar winners.
Among his favourite roles is when he got to play the hilarious, charismatic and deadly Deadpool. Reynolds declared his love for the comic character in an interview, joking that he would “off someone” if he didn’t get the role. Aside from the borderline psychopathic humour, Reynolds has always had to put in a hundred percent effort and commitment to transform himself repeatedly for his numerous action roles.
How Did He Do It?
Isn’t this the question on everyone’s mind who admires his fit form? Ryan has had to challenge himself from the get go and realized long ago that nothing was impossible if you really want to do it. That said, to get as ripped as he is, you need the right formula that works for you. Reynolds also had to come up with a regime that got him where he wanted to be, in the short span of time he had to work with to get ready for Blade.
Diet To Get Lean
When you have 8 to 10 meals to eat during the day, you are pretty much eating something every couple hours. For him, the key was to never stuff himself yet never let himself get hungry.
His typical diet would involve:
- 1 cup of oatmeal with apple sauce
- A slice of avocado or a spoon of almond butter for some healthy fat
- 2 eggs.
- A salad with chicken or albacore tuna.
- Brown rice with broiled chicken or fish
- Vegetables and a salad
In between the three main meals of the day, he would have a protein bar or shake as mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. He supplemented snacks with a protein or carb mix which he ate every two hours to make up the meal count.
At night, he stayed away from carbs but stacked them on during the day. This way, he kept his blood sugar levels even and that gave him the get-up-and-go to push through every single workout.
As dieting advice, Reynolds says you should “steer clear of any carb-starve diets” out there, promising imaginary results. Rather than adopt an unhealthy diet, he advises to eat carbs post work out and stay away from them after 8p.m. Additionally, watch the clock so that your diet is not off because it’s a lot of eating, so you are likely to forget about a meal from time to time.
Every bodybuilder knows that your performance in a workout depends on how efficiently you increase strength.
The Muscle Growth Workouts
Bulking up for the workout can get you really excited, you can’t wait to burn all the energy and make the gains, but it’s all fun and games until it’s time to workout, then you need intense focus and sheer determination.
For Reynolds, workouts generally lasted 2 to 3 hours and would typically kick off with between 500 and 1,000 sit-ups. Afterwards he would then get to the heavy lifting for bulk. Bulk training involved a mix of plenty of exercises with 8 to 10 reps each. According to Reynolds, he was ready to give up the ghost during the 1st week of training but he soon got into it and it quickly became something to look forward to.
Like any other lifter well versed with the workout techniques of getting shredded, Reynolds would train one part of the body per workout. So, he had back day, leg day, shoulder day and chest day with some arm training thrown in each day. Interestingly or rather quite logically, he didn’t bench anything worth mentioning at this time.
He realized in the early days of his transformation that you are more likely to skip your workout if you don’t like it. His advice, when it comes to fashioning a workout plan is creating something that you like. For him, cardio was totally scrapped out because he needed to gain mass and quick. Today he says starting with sit-ups has a meditative effect on him and he likes it. The take away? You learn what you want and don’t want in your workout as you move along; it permeates right through to the sequences of exercises per workout.
Sheer Hard Work or Steroids?
Achieving the muscle growth you need and want is never easy, and although it’s a dangerous trend, using anabolic steroids is popular in the fitness community. Weight lifters are on record saying they would use something they knew foreshadowed imminent death if it gave them the edge they needed. It’s a sad path really that most have chosen to add raw power.
So, what’s the deal with Ryan Reynolds? Are they real or fake muscles? Luckily, the movie star has always given such stimulants a wide berth. What he does use though are supplements such as whey protein and creatine. During his Blade days, Reynolds noticed more muscle mass when using creatine. He did stack it with other supplements such as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), whey and L-glutamine as well as a multivitamin.
Movie stars like Ryan Reynolds and Margot Robbie have gone through spectacular body transformations. The changes are so drastic and fast that fans often think it’s something to do with costumes and makeup. On the contrary, they are constantly proving that you can do it and do it the right way. The safe way.