Gerard Butler Weight Gain and Weight Loss

When Gerard Butler trained for the role of  Leonidas, King of Sparta for the movie 300: Battle of Artemisia he  enlisted the help of Mark Twight, a former world-class mountain climber. Mark Twight believes  in training as if your life depends on it.

Butler’s mind-body transformation, goes like this: Without resting between exercises, Butler performs:

  • 25 pullups,
  • 50 deadlifts with 135 pounds
  • 50 pushup
  • 50 jumps on a 24-inch box
  • 50 floor wipers
  • 50 single-arm clean-and-presses using a 36-pound kettle bell
  • 25 more pullups

All this, in addition to utilizing other unconventional yet equally taxing training methods, such as tire flipping and gymnastics-style ring training. Sound like hell? It is.

Butler took on extra sessions with a Venezuelan bodybuilder named Franco LiCastro in order to exaggerate the physique he was after. “I wanted to look really strong,” says Butler. “I’ve seen so many actors play these kinds of roles, and you see all this equipment on either a big belly or skinny little arms.” It worked in more ways than one: On-screen, the bearded actor lords over the battlefield, with the steely gaze, cobblestone abs, and broad, chiseled shoulders you suspect one would need to command 300 men to their slaughter in the Battle of Artemisia.

“That was a great thing, to put on that cape and put on that helmet, and not have to think, Shit, I should have trained more. Instead, I was standing there feeling like a lion.” said Butler.

Gerard Butler Doing Cardio, Yoga And Staying Away From The Gym

To lose the weight Gerard Butler has lost he says he simply watched what he ate, did some cardio and yoga but mostly he stayed away from the crazy training he did to get in shape for 300: The Battle of Artemisia.

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