How Michael B. Jordan Got Ripped For Black Panther

How Michael B. Jordan Got Ripped For Black Panther


You might know Michael B. Jordan from any
number of scene-stealing roles, like Steve Montgomery in Chronicle… “RRgh! Steve Montgomery for President!” …but chances are you’ve never seen him as
fit as he is in his most recent movies. The actor put on some serious muscle to convincingly
play the son of a legendary boxer in Creed and a villainous revolutionary in Black Panther. So how did he get so swole? Here’s a look at how Michael B. Jordan got
ripped for Hollywood. Creed While he’s always been fit, Jordan had to
get seriously buff when he took the title role of Adonis Creed in the 2015 boxing flick
Creed. Playing the son of legendary boxer Apollo
Creed from the Rocky films required Jordan to take things to the next level, which he
did with the help of professional trainer Corey Calliet. In order to properly portray a boxer, Jordan
had to train like a boxer. That meant 45-60 minutes daily of cardio along
with tons of ab workouts, like crunches, mountain climbers, leg raises, reverse crunches, and
traditional sit-ups to build up his core and burn fat. As for building muscle, Calliet had Jordan
focus on supersets — exercises where lifting or curling dumbbells are interspersed with
push-ups or another workout. And after that? Three full hours of boxing training. “This ain’t your normal workout. This is a Rocky style workout.” All told, Jordan packed on 24 pounds of pure
muscle over a year of training. According to Caillet, it was hard-going at
first: “When we first started, he could barely bench
20 pounds, his legs were flailing everywhere … he had nothing. He used to hate all this.” Jordan agreed, saying, “I felt muscles I didn’t even know I had.” It worked, though, so Jordan brought Caillet
along with him to help add another 20 pounds of muscle in order to play the supervillain
Erik Killmonger in Black Panther. But that’s not all Jordan did in order to
get ready for his big Marvel moment. Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition As any fitness buff worth his salt will tell
you, exercise is only half the battle when it comes to getting your body into peak shape. For Jordan to get into literal fighting condition,
he had to cut his food intake almost entirely to lean proteins, carbs, green veggies, and
protein shakes. According to Jordan: “I stripped down my diet completely.” “I worked out two to three times a day, six
days a week. And if you do that consistently for about
10 months, your body will change.” Don’t worry, though, because on the seventh
day, Jordan rested, as Caillet allowed him to cheat on his diet once a week with “French toast in the morning, Philly cheesesteaks
in the afternoon, [and] pizza.” Yum! Self-motivation is key Jordan told Vice Sports he credits growing
up in Newark with a supportive family as the inspiration for his work ethic and aspirations. “my dad used to tell me all the time, ‘you
gotta be serious about something.'” That motivation has been absolutely key to
Jordan’s physical transformation, pushing him to heavier weights and longer runs. No matter how painful the workout, Jordan
can persevere thanks to that motivation. “I told myself at a young age that I was gonna
sacrifice, I used to run myself into the ground to like pure exhaustion because then I’d feel
like I oh I deserve it.” Also providing motivation? The results. Jordan told Men’s Fitness, “You know, at first […], you’re hurting.” “When you start bench-pressing 225 pounds
10 times and it ain’t nothing, and then you start giving hugs to girls and they’re, like,
feeling you up a little…” “So I learned to love it when I started seeing
results.” Method Training Being in fighting shape from Creed definitely
helped Jordan transition to the training for Black Panther, where he used a new technique
called “Method Training.” The technique adapts Jordan’s workouts to
match what his character would do to stay in shape, helped alleviate the dreaded workout
boredom. Those workouts included a comprehensive weapons
training program in addition to learning various forms of martial arts. For Jordan, it was a real departure from the
boxing-focused training of Creed. Jordan told Collider, “This one is more martial arts, using a lot
of your legs, so I’m picking up different fighting styles. Also a lot of guns too, the weapons training
is a totally different muscle.” No rest for the wickedly fit While any normal person might want to take
a break from nonstop workout routines and just eat some pizza and drink some beer, Jordan
is jumping right back into training for Creed 2. The story will follow Adonis Creed fighting
the son of Ivan Drago, the man who killed Apollo Creed in the ring in Rocky IV. Professional boxer Florian Munteanu will be
playing the son of Ivan Drago, and at 6 foot 4 and 245 pounds, Jordan has his work cut
out for him. But if there’s one thing his training has
proven so far, it’s that Jordan isn’t afraid of a little hard work. Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our
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