Healthy Hollywood: Get Movin’ Monday – Train Like An Action Hero!
First Published: March 21, 2011 2:32 PM EDT Credit: Elko Weaver Photography
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Hollywood’s action heroes – from Will Smith to Matt Damon to Ryan Reynolds – all need to be in top-notch shape to take on the bad guys. Now, there’s a new action star in the wings.
Meet Jon Lee Brody, star of the upcoming martial arts film, “The Hurricane Kid.” His mission is to train hard – get buff – and eventually woo all the ladies with his eye candy abs.
Jon has been preparing for his role as a martial arts warrior for the last six months. His workout schedule is intense, between 5 and 6 hours per day. “I started out at 160 pounds, and the producers wanted me to bulk up. Since the start of training, I have gotten up to 180 pounds with all the weight gain being muscle! This is all thanks to the rigorous training…and a lot of steamed chicken,” states Jon.
Taking a cue from “Twilight’s” Taylor Lautner, who transformed from scrawny to brawny, Jon, 27, is doing a similar workout. They both train at Xtreme Martial Arts World Headquarters in North Hollywood and are both schooled in martial arts. “My favorite class there is Cage Fitness. It’s 5 rounds that are 5 minutes each and you do various exercises with a Mixed Martial Arts grappling dummy (a stuffed training partner),” reveals Jon.
Jon shared with Healthy Hollywood his typical week of training. I worked up a sweat just thinking about it!
Monday & Wednesday: (Strength Training & Conditioning) 1. 5-mile warm-up ride on a stationary bike 2. Early afternoon circuit training. A circuit is when you go from one exercise to another without stops (i.e. Bench Press to Pull Downs to Curls). Each circuit ends with a cardio exercise and you usually do 3 cycles of each circuit. 3. Cage Fitness in the evenings
Tuesday & Thursday: (Cardio) 1. 9am session of Cage Fitness 2. 8 - 10 mile run 3. Cage Fitness & Martial Arts class in evening
Friday: (Cross-training) 1. Weights 2. 10 mile run 3. Mixed Martial Arts techniques practice
Saturday: 1. Cage Fitness in the morning 2. Acrobatic Class. Jon plans on doing all of his own fights and stunts. This class helps with his moves. 3. 8 mile run
Sunday: (day of rest) 1. Hike with dogs to unwind
So, with all this heavy-duty training, which body part does Jon think will make women swoon? “Wow! Way to make me blush! I really don’t know how to answer that. I’m gonna totally duck that question and say that my brain is my best body part,” states Jon.
Humble – and hunky – now that’s a winning combination!
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