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Every trainer interviewed for this feature cited Brad Pitt’s ripped physique in 1999’s Fight Club as an inspiration. 
"Brad Pitt in Fight Club is the reference for 300," says Mark Twight, who trained the cast for 300. "Everyone thought he was huge, but he was, like, 155 pounds. If you strip away fat and get guys to 3, 4 percent body fat, they look huge without necessarily being huge."  
A new Men’s Journal’s feature on how Hollywood action heros achieve the huge-and-hungry look.

Every trainer interviewed for this feature cited Brad Pitt’s ripped physique in 1999’s Fight Club as an inspiration.

"Brad Pitt in Fight Club is the reference for 300," says Mark Twight, who trained the cast for 300. "Everyone thought he was huge, but he was, like, 155 pounds. If you strip away fat and get guys to 3, 4 percent body fat, they look huge without necessarily being huge."  

A new Men’s Journal’s feature on how Hollywood action heros achieve the huge-and-hungry look.

From top: 1978’s Christopher Reeve and 2013’s Henry Cavil; late-Sixties Sean Connery and 2006’s Daniel Craig; 1960’s Kirk Douglas and 2012’s Liam McIntyre. 

A fat Superman would never fly. A pudgy Spiderman can’t swing. And an actor who can’t get jacked on deadline doesn’t have a shot at being a leading man in today’s Hollywood. Given the choice between acting chops and physique, producers and directors will often choose the better body.” Here’s Men’s Journal’s May feature on how Hollywood action heros get jacked. 

'Great, you're a good-looking dude and you can act,' he says. 'Now take off your shirt.' Peterson frowns. 'All of a sudden you go, Oh, maybe you can be the friend. Or: We'll do an indie film.'
- Men’s Journal’s May 2014 feature on Building a Bigger, Better Action Hero
Marine Layer, a San Francisco clothing company, figured out how to make the softest shirts around by combining cotton with Modal, a fabric typically relegated to women’s lingerie. Here’s how it happened. 

Marine Layer, a San Francisco clothing company, figured out how to make the softest shirts around by combining cotton with Modal, a fabric typically relegated to women’s lingerie. Here’s how it happened. 

Get more bang for your vacation buck and sleep on the plane. Here’s how.

Get more bang for your vacation buck and sleep on the plane. Here’s how.