Michael Fassbender is no stranger to metal armor and brandishing a sword. Starring alongside fellow 300 actor, Dominic West, Fassbender finds himself in another movie where strength, stamina and endurance are key to get him through the fighting scenes and unforgiving terrain of chilly Scotland in the winter where the movie Centurion was shot.
Most of us are familiar with the 300 workout that Men’s Health published as the staple training regime for these guys. Fassbender’s training program for Centurion would be similar to the kind of training he followed for 300, as the roles demand a similar physique. If you’re not familiar with this workout, here it is again:
- 25 Pull-Ups
- 50 x 135-lb Deadlifts
- 50 Push-Ups
- 50 x 24-inch Box Jumps
- 50 x 135-lb Floor Wipers (watch your back with these)
- 50 Kettlebell Clean and Press (each arm)
- 25 Pull-Ups
After each set do two minutes of active recovery on a bike or treadmill at a steady state. Repeat each circuit 3 – 4 times.
On top of his training, Fassbender’s workout routine would include working with a fighting coach and a couple of sessions on the cable machines to mimic sword fighting. Other exercises to give him more of the husky warrior look would be tire flipping with a 250-lb tire, 60-second sledgehammer chops and medicine ball work twice a week. Cardio would be saved until the end of the week with two days dedicated to a 60-minute aerobic workout at 80% THR to burn off fat without sacrificing muscle.
Fassbender would have to up his protein intake to help with building and repairing his muscles after that grueling workout. Including a source of protein like a high quality whey protein isolate shake in between meals would account for huge muscle gains and strength development.
Originally published @ FITLODE.COM