Robert Downey Jr. prepares for his star role in Iron Man! How did he do it? Well first off, like any motivated individual, Downey decided to use a fitness professional... Here are the details of his 5-day split training program!
Is it a bird, is it a plane... no it's Superman... wait a minute, that's the man of steel. It's Iron Man we are interested in, and yes, the movie industry finally made one of Marvel comics' top super heroes into a big screen summer blockbuster. But what movie tough guy is playing the role? No, it's not our beloved Arnold, nor is it Stallone or even Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, but a former drug abuser and jailbird.
A guy that seemed to have thrown it all away, never one to have been thought of as a tough guy or super hero character. But Robert Downey Jr. seems not only to have turned his life around and kicked his bad habits, but by becoming a motivated member of OUR iron culture, he has transformed himself into an on-screen super hero, a true man of iron.
Anyone who hasn't been living under a rock for the last 100 years knows who Downey is, either through his endless list of movies that he has starred in or simply by his bad behavior, which landed him in prison.
For his role in Iron Man, which is now in theaters, Bobby J. (he likes us here at Bodybuilding.com to call him that, makes him feel homely!) recruited the help of a fitness professional.
Maybe it was the effect of playing Tony Stark (The man that is Iron Man and coincidentally also a man battling substance addiction and other problems which mirror Robert Downey Jr. in real life) that motivated his decision to get some outside professional help. And as we can see from recent interviews and the movie trailers, it has paid off!
2008 Iron Man Movie:
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Check out the trailer for 2008's upcoming movie Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Terrence Howard.
Robert Downey Jr's Training Program
So how did he get in shape then? Well first off, like any well-motivated individual, Downey decided to use a fitness professional, which helps to avoid making mistakes and aids in getting faster results.
His training program consisted of five days per week of weight training coupled with an intensive martial arts program; there is no point being a super hero unless you can kick some bad guy arse! (Yes I said arse and not @SS, I'm Irish, get over it!)
Along with his 5-day weight training program to bulk up for his role, he gained more than 20 pounds of muscle. Downey decided to go down the supplement route, using a creatine supplement created in Sweden, and as a sport scientist I would just like to point out that creatine is creatine no matter how you look at it.
What makes one better than the other is what it is mixed with to maximize the efficacy of the supplement as it travels through the digestive system to the blood stream. And of course, the Swedes have created that great carbohydrate, Vitargo, and when used with creatine yields some amazing results. Now you're talking about a stack that is worthy of super hero status.
VitargoÂ® is a newly developed and patented sugar-free high molecular weight carbohydrate from Sweden that is revolutionizing the way we take creatine. [ Click here to learn more. ]
As we all know lifting weights and throwing punches at a bag is not enough to get you into that super hero condition one needs to be in when being viewed by millions on the big screen. So how did Downey fine-tune that Iron Man body?
Well first off, as part of his cardio at Anatomi Gym in Santa Monica, Downey used what is called "Jacobs Ladder," a unique climbing treadmill which utilizes all of the muscles of the upper and lower extremities, truly an all-around fat burning workout.
Click Image To Enlarge. Jacobs Ladder.
The idea here is to maintain a fast and steady pace, monitoring the heart rate to keep within that optimum fat burning zone, approximately 65% of one's maximum heart rate.
Maximum heart rate is 220 minus your age. A point to note while using this machine is to keep the core tight, as this helps maintain balance on the apparatus and also a sleeker looking midsection. The ears, shoulders and hips should all be inline!! Come to think of it, I wish my gym had one of those. And at a mere $3.5k one is yours, plus S&H of course!!
TARGET HEART RATE CALCULATOR
He also used a stability apparatus, which is a hybrid between a vibration plate and a Swiss ball, known as the pineapple. As you stand on it to maintain core stability, the apparatus begins to vibrate; toning the muscles of the lower limbs while the user has to maintain core stability to avoid falling off.
These compound movements stimulate maximum testosterone levels, which aid in stimulating an increased rate in protein synthesis in the muscle. In layman's terms, bigger, stronger muscles faster.
the process by which nitrogen from amino acids is linearly arranged into structural proteins through the involvement of RNA and various enzymes.
Protein synthesis is muscle growth. The more efficient you can make this process the more efficiently you can build muscle.
The short gym time allows for the increased time for other activities, which in Bobby J's case, is his martial arts.
This is a great fitness tool to utilize to increase flexibility, stamina, agility, and most importantly, help the practitioner stay mentally focused and centered. So whether you want to be an Iron Man or an Iron Maiden get the lead out and start pumping the...
Weights... Ha-ha-ha, I bet you all thought I was going to say Iron!
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