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Hollywood veterans like Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson know all too well that there’s more to film acting than just, well, acting. Looking the part—especially when you’re playing an out-of-this-world superhero or bulked-up villain—is just as important as memorizing lines and delivering them with gusto. These celebrity workouts will show that these stars have used some of the best training out there to get in shape.
And for those of you who want the lean, perfectly muscular physiques of these famous faces, we’re here to help. We crunched the numbers, dug through our archives, and found the mass-forging celebrity training plans our readers have clicked on the most over the years. That way you can finally get to work (or simply put the finishing touches) on your camera-ready body.
Here are the 10 most popular celebrity workouts of all time.
1. Chris Pratt’s intense Guardians of the Galaxy workout routine
Chris Pratt underwent one of the most impressive celebrity transformations we’ve ever seen, transforming his doughy Parks and Rec physique to super-ripped for his leading role in Guardians of the Galaxy. This intense training regimen, designed by personal trainer Duffy Gaver, got him into intergalactic shape, so it’s no surprise this routine took our No.1 all-time spot.
2. The Zac Efron workout to get a beach-ready ‘Baywatch’ body
Zac Efron’s training plan for the 2017 summer blockbuster Baywatch was no joke—the actor reached 5% body fat after just 12 weeks of training. You can forge your own sun-and-sand-worthy physique with this workout program from Efron’s trainer, Patrick Murphy, but we guarantee that eight-pack won’t come easy. (Make sure to pair it with a nutrition program like his, too.)
3. Michael B. Jordan’s ‘Creed’ workout
This lean, mean, muscle-building routine got Michael B. Jordan the body of a Greek god for his role in Creed. Jordan’s trainer, Corey Calliet, designed a plan to help the actor forge an ironclad physique using the fundamentals of athletic conditioning, as well as from bodybuilding elements.
4. Henry Cavill’s Superman workout
When you’re playing one of the most iconic superheroes of all time, you need to build an all-star physique. Henry Cavill used this ultra-tough Olympic weightlifting-based routine to build a lean, muscular body worthy of “The Man of Steel”.
5. How to get arms like Mark Wahlberg
For Mark Wahlberg, his arms have become almost as iconic as the characters he’s created, like Micky Ward in The Fighter and Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights. With this exclusive routine straight from the actor himself, you can build bigger biceps and triceps in just a few weeks.
6. Terry Crews’ arms and chest workout
There’s no denying that Terry Crews has one of the most dominant physiques in Hollywood. Whether the funny guy is popping his pecs in Old Spice commercials or flexing his comedic chops on FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, his incredible build is a huge part of his persona. Forge a massive chest and a set of arms just like Crews with his explosive upper-body routine.
7. The Rock’s kickass bodybuilding workout program
Dwayne Johnson’s legendary muscles are no joke, and based off the actor’s insane bodybuilding training plan, neither are the workouts he uses to maintain them. These workouts are absolutely brutal, but if you want to look anything like The Rock, you might as well give them a shot next time you hit the gym.
8. Joe Manganiello’s upper-body workout routine
To get the monstrous build of an on-screen werewolf in the HBO series True Blood, Joe Manganiello had to spend hours in the gym working on his upper body. His workout plan utitilized tried-and-true bodybuilding staples like the bench press, overhead press, and pushdown to bulk up his chest, arms, and shoulders.
9. Liam Hemsworth’s bodyweight workout
You might think most celebrities have wildly complex workout plans that use tons of expensive equipment you don’t have. And some do—but not Liam Hemsworth. The Hunger Games star sticks to four basic bodyweight exercises to stay lean and strong. Just don’t let the simplicity of these moves fool you—this routine is as brutal as they come, provided you attack it with full force.
10. Kevin Hart’s serious workout routine
Kevin Hart may be one of the funniest actors in the industry, but his ripped upper body is nothing to laugh at, nor is the workout routine he does to achieve it. The actor employs an old-school routine of traditional moves like the bench press, pushup, row, and curl to work the muscles as well as the h