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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
In the magazine, former marine Andy Petranek talks about how his discovery of CrossFit ultimately brought him down. Way down. Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, shoulder woes, knee pain, a persistent trick in his neck, and eventually, a ruptured hemorrhoid. “CrossFit had become my life’s obsession,” he says. “But it wasn’t making my life better. Read his story here. 

In the magazine, former marine Andy Petranek talks about how his discovery of CrossFit ultimately brought him down. Way down. Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, shoulder woes, knee pain, a persistent trick in his neck, and eventually, a ruptured hemorrhoid. “CrossFit had become my life’s obsession,” he says. “But it wasn’t making my life better. Read his story here. 

Unless you’re a ski race junkie, you probably hadn’t heard of Travis Ganong until he barreled down Sochi’s slushy course in 2:06.64, beating Bode Miller. Men’s Journal talked with the 25-year-old competitor about his surprising success and how he trained to become the newest, baddest downhill machine. Read the interview here. 

Unless you’re a ski race junkie, you probably hadn’t heard of Travis Ganong until he barreled down Sochi’s slushy course in 2:06.64, beating Bode Miller. Men’s Journal talked with the 25-year-old competitor about his surprising success and how he trained to become the newest, baddest downhill machine. Read the interview here. 

Human movement can be reduced to three basic categories: pushing, pulling, and hip extension (squatting, jumping, running, and even riding a bike). Here, Daniel Duane outlines the only 8 moves you need to be fit. 

Human movement can be reduced to three basic categories: pushing, pulling, and hip extension (squatting, jumping, running, and even riding a bike). Here, Daniel Duane outlines the only 8 moves you need to be fit. 

The benefits from a yoga session can include increased brain speed, mental agility, and memory.

The benefits from a yoga session can include increased brain speed, mental agility, and memory.

Last year, more than 350,000 people ran through a gauntlet of obstacles in Spartan Races across the country, competing for a chance at prize money and bragging rights.

Last year, more than 350,000 people ran through a gauntlet of obstacles in Spartan Races across the country, competing for a chance at prize money and bragging rights.