ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

Hugh Jackman achieved the pinnacle of fitness for X-Men: Days of Future Past. We all want to shape up, but just how do you get that incredible Wolverine physique?

What's even more incredible is that Hugh Jackman's in the best shape of his life at 46 - when most of us feel that beer gut creeping on!

Jackman's trainer, David Kingsbury, reveals the secret: it's the old adage of TRAIN, EAT, SLEEP, REPEAT.


Kingsbury worked Jackman for 1-2 hours a day, 6 days a week. That's one heck of a lot, but don't let other commitments stand between you and that Wolverine body.

Low-rep and High-rep activity will produce different results, so make sure to vary your workout.

Kingsbury describes the process:

[Hugh] mostly worked in the 8-12 rep range. I always encourage low, 1-5 rep heavy work to stimulate myofibril hypertrophy. Then after the heavy work is done we move onto the higher rep schemes to encourage sarcoplasmic hypertrophy. By increasing your strength with the low reps, you increase your capacity with the higher reps...The combination of the two styles brings the best gains.

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This is kind of the good news: you get to eat more than twice as much as a regular person.

Hugh Jackman's diet during his rigorous training was based on a healthy 6000 calories a day, so start stocking up on X-snacks.

Eggs and Oatmeal: just like you eat already!
Eggs and Oatmeal: just like you eat already!

The Wolverine bod was fed with lots of lean protein, such as fish, chicken and eggs, plenty of vegetables and hearty whole grains.

To supplement his healthy diet, Kingsbury prescribed Jackman pre- and post-workout supplements. He recommends Animal Pump, Animal Nitro and Universal L-carnitine.

Adamantium is not a recommended supplement
Adamantium is not a recommended supplement



You have to get plenty of rest, even if this is difficult for your schedule.

Hugh Jackman's trainer insisted he had naps during the day if his filming commitments kept him from a good night's kip!

Wolverine sleeping peacefully after a hard workout
Wolverine sleeping peacefully after a hard workout

Remember: your body cannot replenish itself and produce more muscle mass without proper rest. There's nothing to be gained by over-straining yourself, so easy, tiger!



...until you get that Wolverine body! Seriously, you know you have it in you.

Kingsbury attributes Hugh Jackman's success not to his star-power, but to his ceaseless determination: '[Hugh's] very motivated and adherent, so he doesn't require a drill sergeant or babysitter.'

Friends, colleagues, rivals: Hugh and David
Friends, colleagues, rivals: Hugh and David

What are you waiting for, guy? No excuse not to start your Wolverine training before X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016...


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