He’s the modern day story of Hercules. Taylor Lautner, now 17, went from a 5’10”, bony 140 lb teenager who played in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, to packing on roughly 30 pounds of muscle to play the role of Jacob in the hit teen vampire franchise, Twilight.
It’s hard enough for a growing teenage boy to build and keep muscle-far more than most men can maintain- but to do so in a year? That has got to be some determination. Lucky for Lautner, his weight gained sealed his role as Jacob (the director of Twilight‘s sequel, New Moon, considered replacing Lautner with a different actor in the second film).
This leaves most, if not all of us, wondering, “How in the hell did he do that?” While Lautner’s background in martial arts (which he showcased in the 2005 movie The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl) can attest to his newly buffed body,well guys, you too can also have the lust-worthy body of Lautner.
Men’s Health magazine spoke with Lautner’s trainer Jordan Yam to get a sneak peak into Taylor’s workout regimen. Here’s an excerpt of the interview:
Assume a pushup position with your arms completely straight (your hands should be slightly wider than, and in line with, your shoulders). Rest your shins on a physioball, so that your body forms a straight line from your head to your ankles. Without bending your knees, roll the physioball toward your body by raising your hips as high as you can. Pause, then return the ball to the starting position by lowering your hips and rolling the ball backward. Do three to four sets of 8 to 12 reps.
Lie face up on the floor with your palms facing down. Bend your hips and knees 90 degrees. Raise your hips off the floor and crunch them inward. Pause, and then slowly lower your legs until your heels neatly touch the floor. Do three sets of 15 reps.
Physioball Leg curl
Lie on the floor with your calves on a Swiss ball and your arms at your sides. Squeeze your glutes to raise your hips off the floor so your body is in a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. Pause for a second, and then bend your legs to roll the ball toward your butt. Straighten your legs to roll the ball back out away from you, and then lower your body to the floor. Do three to four sets of 10 to 12 reps.
Hanging Leg Raises
Grab a chin-up bar with an overhand, shoulder-width grip (or use elbow supports, if available), and hang from the bar with your knees slightly bent and feet together. Simultaneously bend your knees, raise your hips, and curl your lower back underneath you as you lift your thighs toward your chest. Pause when the fronts of your thighs reach your chest, and then slowly lower your legs back to the starting position. Do three to four sets of 8 to 12 reps.
Lie facedown on the floor with your legs straight and your arms next to your sides, palms down. Contract your glutes and the muscles of your lower back, and raise your head, chest, arms, and legs off the floor. Simultaneously rotate your arms so that your thumbs point toward the ceiling. At this time, your hips should be the only parts of your body touching the floor. Hold this position for 60 seconds, then rest one minute. Repeat three times.
As far as Lautner’s diet plan goes, he does what most active teenage boys do: He eats a ton of food. In an interview at Comic-con he stated, “Jordan Yaum. He’s really talented. He helped me a lot with this process. He’s always on set, like, shoving food in my mouth. Literally, I’d be talking to somebody and he comes up with a plate. He wakes me up in the morning. He’s like, ‘Take this protein shake.’ I’m like, ‘I’m sleeping.’ Yeah, I have a lot of people to thank.”
You can find more of Taylor’s workout regimen at Menshealth.com.
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