Built Like Hercules: How Kellan Lutz Trained To Become Hercules

Grab a weapon and roar your battle-cry! Find out how Kellan Lutz torched fat, mastered sword fighting, and built a hero's body for his starring role in The Legend of Hercules.

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.

Built Like Hercules
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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.

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.