• Look Like Hercules



      From Bodybuilding . com

      He may be best known for his role as Emmett Cullen in the "Twilight Saga" film series, but Kellan Lutz has moved past the vampire gig and stepped into the shoes of a demigod.

      The actor shed his yellow contacts and white skin in favor of a broadsword, helm, and shield for his upcoming role as young Hercules in "The Legend of Hercules."

      Bodybuilding.com caught up with the actor to learn how Lutz built the body of a legend.

      Given his love for heroes, Lutz seems like a natural choice to play the son of Zeus. "I [have] always loved Hercules, He-Man, Tarzan—all those epic, classic heroes," Lutz says. "Now that I get to bring Hercules to life, my spirit is on fire."

      His love and respect for the character gave Lutz all the motivation he needed to carve a godlike body. When he scored the role, his first priority became the gym. "I wanted to have three months of training. I wanted to get big like the guys who had already portrayed [Hercules]. I had some big shoes to fill."

      However, Lutz's plans for putting on mass didn't quite pan out. "[Director Renny Harlin] called and said I would be leaving to film in two weeks," Lutz recalls. That left little time for adding serious size, but enough time to break out the chisel and work on definition.

      Luckily, Harlin already had a unique vision for Lutz and his character. "He wanted me to be cut," says Lutz. "The movie is more about the legend—how [Hercules] becomes the man. It's the journey from his youth to his taking up responsibilities and becoming a leader." So, Lutz stopped worrying about size and focused on athletics and aesthetics.

      DEMIGOD TRAINING
      To physically become the hero, Lutz did more than just don a costume. He used cardio, resistance training, and creativity to build a body worthy of his character. "On set in Bulgaria, we didn't have a very big gym or much equipment," Lutz says. "I didn't have a lot of time, so I had to multitask and work multiple muscles at once."

      The treadmill circuit below is an example of how Lutz used limited equipment to great effect. Not only is the circuit challenging, but it's fun and fast-paced, which helps Lutz enjoy the workload. "When I'm working out, I try to make it competitive," he says. "I make up challenges. I need it to be a game."

      Treadmill Circuit: 3 Rounds
      Raise incline and speed every two minutes

      Running, Treadmill
      2 minutes
      Bear Crawl Sled Drags
      50 steps
      Running, Treadmill
      2 minutes
      Dips
      20 reps

      When asked about exercise selection, Lutz says, "I do these movements because I want my whole body, not just parts of it, to look like Hercules. I'm doing cardio to get cut. The bear crawls work my chest, and the dips work my chest, arms, and shoulders. I'm wearing a skirt for most of the movie and am quite naked on top, so I want to get a good pump. I also want that silhouette. I want to look godly."

      EXERCISE ON SET
      Before, after, and even during his time on set, Lutz worked hard with minimal equipment. He also trained as he acted, whether on horseback or in fight scenes. "During filming, the hardest thing for my muscles was wielding the sword. It was 12 pounds. I've never been so sore in my life," Lutz confesses. "I had to learn the technique, and sometimes fight with two swords. Those things are heavy!"

      Even so, Lutz relishes anything he gets to learn on set. "I've done a lot of stunt work in my other movies, [and] there's always something new you get to learn. I learned a lot and pushed myself. I had a good time doing it," Lutz says. "I slept for maybe three or four hours a day for three months. The stunt guys told me to take some time to rest, but I like pushing myself. I like giving all that I have and more. It just feels good."

      Upper-Body Circuit: 3 Rounds
      Machine Side Lateral Raise
      20 reps
      Decline Push-Up
      20 reps
      Machine Incline Chest Press
      20 reps
      Decline Push-Up
      20 reps
      Machine Bench Press
      20 reps
      Decline Push-Up
      20 reps


      MOVIE STAR MOTIVATION
      Like everyone else, Lutz has good months and bad. "I love doing action movies because it helps keep me accountable. When I'm not working, I get a little lackadaisical with the gym," he says.

      To keep things fresh and interesting, Lutz says he likes to try new things. "There are many people who can give you workouts. It's really great to do your own research and see what works for you."

      "At the end of the day, I don't want my time in the gym to be a workout," Lutz says. "I want to have a good time. I don't want to be watching the clock the whole time; I want to look up and think, 'Oh my God, I've been here for two hours.'"

      For those who have yet to start their fitness journeys, Lutz has a special piece of motivation: "You have to start today," he says. "You can't push it off until tomorrow because tomorrow will come around and you'll push it off again. There's no better time than the present to start something."

      You don't need Herculean strength to get in the gym and achieve your goals. As Lutz says, "Don't get deterred by the big number. Don't think about 50 pounds. Instead, think about trying to lose one pound per week, or getting in the gym for a few days every week, or even just doing something active every day."

      We couldn't agree more. He may play a demigod in the movies, but Kellan Lutz is human, just like us. He wants to create his best self, onscreen and off. His positive attitude, passion, and willingness to put his whole heart into his work are things we can all aspire to.

      Source: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/buil...-hercules.html
      Comments 15 Comments
      1. max d's Avatar
        max d -
        The Rock is by far a better Hercules
      1. wastedwhiteboy2's Avatar
        wastedwhiteboy2 -
        Seriously who wants to be 6'1 and 176lbs!? I'll watch the movie but it's very unrealistic that this wimp is strong.
      1. mcafaro's Avatar
        mcafaro -
        Originally Posted by wastedwhiteboy2 View Post
        Seriously who wants to be 6'1 and 176lbs!? I'll watch the movie but it's very unrealistic that this wimp is strong.
        Yeah I agree, most celebrities don't have real strength because they only work out when they have a movie coming up. True strength takes years of consistency
      1. bono1132's Avatar
        bono1132 -
        Watch his video on bb.com this guy is an idiot he's working out in a normal gym wearing padded nfl type workout clothes. Dudes gotta be on some crazy stuff lol
      1. Sparta12's Avatar
        Sparta12 -
        this guy is a *******, also possible gyno in right pec? (left in pic)
      1. JD261985's Avatar
        JD261985 -
        Look like a ***got?
      1. mcafaro's Avatar
        mcafaro -
        Originally Posted by bono1132 View Post
        Watch his video on bb.com this guy is an idiot he's working out in a normal gym wearing padded nfl type workout clothes. Dudes gotta be on some crazy stuff lol

        HAHHAHA I just watched the video. What a nerd
      1. alwaysfirst's Avatar
        alwaysfirst -
        Originally Posted by mcafaro View Post
        HAHHAHA I just watched the video. What a nerd
        Lol, I had to watch it also, what a super nerd!
        He's a skinny mother****er, that's why he's wearing the stupid pads!
      1. mightymatt84's Avatar
        mightymatt84 -
        The rock fits the role awesome this guys no Hercules. He actually does real training lifts real man weights and lives it everyday no just for roles.
      1. kohai66's Avatar
        kohai66 -
        If you paid ANY attention to the video.... the shirt and shorts are weighted not padded...
        I would like to see anyone of you go thru a strength endurance workout three rounds wearing a weighted vest...
        Just cause you're big doesn't mean you're strong enough to have the endurance to swing a twelve pound sword around for hours on end on a set while also riding a horse running over/across obstacles, etc.
        I put a body builder friend of mine thru a strength endurance workout that I do regularly I call it " puke"
        He did...
        So put your money where your mouth is... Don't ridicule unless you're doing comparable effort....
      1. kohai66's Avatar
        kohai66 -
        He is wearing tintin tech shirts and shorts... Please go here to confirm:
        http://shop.titintech.com/
      1. mightymatt84's Avatar
        mightymatt84 -
        Originally Posted by kohai66 View Post
        If you paid ANY attention to the video.... the shirt and shorts are weighted not padded...
        I would like to see anyone of you go thru a strength endurance workout three rounds wearing a weighted vest...
        Just cause you're big doesn't mean you're strong enough to have the endurance to swing a twelve pound sword around for hours on end on a set while also riding a horse running over/across obstacles, etc.
        I put a body builder friend of mine thru a strength endurance workout that I do regularly I call it " puke"
        He did...
        So put your money where your mouth is... Don't ridicule unless you're doing comparable effort....
        I dont just body build i also run ,do cross fit, i do weekly plyo metric circuit workouts, barbell complexes, power lift fuk i even do yoga sometimes. I am construction worker sometimes swinging a hammer for hours on end ,climbing up and down ladders in over 90+ degree weather in the summer or 10 degrees in the winter. I could start off better then him or equal to when he 1st did that workout and if we both did it for the same amount of time Im sure I would out perform him.
      1. alwaysfirst's Avatar
        alwaysfirst -
        Originally Posted by kohai66 View Post
        If you paid ANY attention to the video.... the shirt and shorts are weighted not padded...
        I would like to see anyone of you go thru a strength endurance workout three rounds wearing a weighted vest...
        Just cause you're big doesn't mean you're strong enough to have the endurance to swing a twelve pound sword around for hours on end on a set while also riding a horse running over/across obstacles, etc.
        I put a body builder friend of mine thru a strength endurance workout that I do regularly I call it " puke"
        He did...
        So put your money where your mouth is... Don't ridicule unless you're doing comparable effort....
        Lol, that vest do not look weighed at all but anyway, yes, I do know how to ride a horse and how to run so his gay ass workout would be pretty easy to do!

        Btw, are you a Twilight fan? Is that why you got so butthurt when people was making fun of your favorite vampire..?
      1. wastedwhiteboy2's Avatar
        wastedwhiteboy2 -
        I was a middle distance runner before I was a body builder so his lame workout with light weights would be easy. I also grew up riding horses without saddles. He's a wimp.
      1. Sr_505's Avatar
        Sr_505 -
        Nice gyno in right pec lol

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