A lot of people want to bulk up and add muscle mass so they can look like their favorite celebrity superhero.  What do they do?  They set about reading up on all the different training regimes and diet plans with the hope of transforming their body. While this can be successful, in most cases people end up giving up a few weeks into their training.

What went wrong? Why haven’t they gained the mass they were hoping to?

Perhaps a good way to find the answer would be to look at examples of people who have managed to gain a lot of muscle mass in a short amount of time.  The most common people that do this are celebrities.  Movie stars in particular are highly adept at transforming their body shapes for roles and there are tons of amazing examples from Hugh Jackman, to Christian Bale, to Brad Pitt, to Chris Evans.

So what’s their secret? Why is it so easy for them and so hard for you?

The Celebrity Advantage

Celebrities have numerous advantages when it comes to getting into amazing shape.

The first is that they actually will very often only get into amazing shape for a short period of time. Hugh Jackman had an amazing physique in X-Men: Days of Future Past. In fact, his physique was so impressive that it rivaled that of a professional bodybuilder.

But here’s the thing to remember: Jackman only had his shirt off for one scene. That means just one day of filming. And it means that his entire training could focus on that one ‘end point’. This means he will likely have used a periodized training schedule, involving periods of bulking and cutting and he will have used other techniques like dehydration in order to look his most defined.

Then there’s the advantage of makeup, of lighting and more to help him look even more incredible.

But on top of this, celebrities also have advantages in terms of the way they train. For starters, they are getting paid to workout. This is their job and so they can dedicate large amounts of time to it that we just don’t have. At the same time, celebrities can train using the very top fitness instructors and the very best equipment and supplements that money can buy – advantages we don’t have!

The Lesson

So what’s the lesson here? That we should just give up? Not at all!

The first point though is not to compare yourself to Hugh Jackman. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t get those same results right away, as he had numerous advantages (which is not to diminish the achievement in any way!).

The other thing to recognize is that you will train better if you can fit it into your routine and if you can work toward a set end point. Finally, ask for the best advice and be willing to put in the time. It’s not glamorous but behind the scenes rarely is!

For Fun

Check out a few celebrities that drastically changed the their look for a movie role.

 Check out Gerard Butler before and after her prepared for his role in 300!

Take a horrifying peak at Christian Bale in his role in The Machinist vs. him preparing to take on the role of Batman.

Last but certainly not least, here is Chris Hemsworth before and after he took on the role of Thor.