Healthy Hollywood: Get Movin' Monday – Train Like An Action Hero!

Jon Lee Brody Jon Lee Brody

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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