Here's how Ryan Reynolds got totally ripped for 'Deadpool 2'

Here's how Ryan Reynolds got totally ripped for 'Deadpool 2'

Despite the trappings of fame and fortune; it could not be said that it is easy to be a movie star.

Though the rewards are perhaps more extravagant and obvious than those of toiling away in an office job for years and years, it is also true that being a movie star is certainly not as straightforward as we might like to believe.

Quite apart from the incessant scrutiny and pressure that comes with such a life, movie stars must maintain bodies of Adonis-like physical perfection and work often grueling schedules to shoot and promote the latest blockbuster they are appearing in.

It's hard to feel too sorry for them though; they've won the genetic lottery, have more money than they could ever spend, and often have equally beautiful spouses. Tough life.

Of course, certain roles have higher demands on one's body than others; action stars, for instance, are often required to bulk up or chisel their physiques in a matter of months or even weeks to prepare for a part, and this requires dedication, effort and skill.

Take, for instance, everyone's favorite social media jokester Ryan Reynolds.

Quite apart from being one half of the most loved couple in Hollywood, Reynolds is a bonafide Hollywood A-lister in his own right, with the Deadpool movies introducing him to a whole new legion of fans.

Playing the titular anti-hero in the franchise, though, requires Reynolds working himself into peak physical condition. Here's how he achieved the required look for Deadpool 2, as Reynolds' long-time personal trainer gives Men's Health the inside track, explaining the thinking behind it all;

"Most people don't know [Reynolds is] really performing a lot of his own stunts in Deadpool," 

"He wants things to look as real as possible on camera. For him to be able to do that, I need to make sure his body is moving as well as it looks." 

Perhaps surprisingly, given Reynolds' chiselled torso in the movie, the focus this time round moved away from abdominal exercies.

"We've eliminated a lot of abdominal training," says his trainer Don Saladino;

"In the beginning, he would start every workout with a lot of abs, but he's come to realize that a lot of his abdominal work comes down to the heavy lifting, pulling and squatting he ends up doing. All those exercises are really focusing on that abdominal wall." 

Saladino's prefered exercise is 'the carry' -and variations on it, as he explains;

“I’ve got 20 to 30 different variations of carries.

“They’re one of the biggest bang for your buck exercises you got. You will not see me design a program without carries at least one time a week".

Warm Up

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!

90/90 Elevated Breathing - 3 minutes

Foam Rolling - 10 passes

Cat Cow - 30 seconds

Thoracic Rotations - 10 reps each side

Hip Circle - 5 reps clockwise, 5 reps counterclockwise

The Workout

The workout is intended to be performed as a circuit, so completing one set of each exercise would equal a round. This is intended as a five round circuit.

Kettlebell Swing - 5 reps

Front Squat - 5 reps – 80 to 85 percent exertion

Bench Press - 5 reps – 80 to 85 percent exertion

Pull-ups - 5 reps


One-Arm Suitcase Carry - 25 yards, alternating arms

Double Suitcase Carry - 25 yards

One-Arm Rack Carry - 25 yards

One-Arm Overhead (Waiter) Carry - 25 yards

Bottom-Up Carry - 25 yards

If this sounds tough, that's probably because it is; after all, you don't get a superhero physique without super-human effort. Of course, you should approach exercise with caution and, particularly if you have not attempted a particular exercise before, ask a trainer to show you proper form so you don't inadvertently hurt yourself.

H/T: Men's Health