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Hugh Jackman is back in training to play Wolverine for the tenth time in the upcoming Deadpool 3, his first official appearance as the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actor has promised that this latest version of the character will be “angrier” than ever, and his intense prep for the movie seems to reflect this: Jackman is hitting two workouts and eating 8,000 calories per day.
In a recent video on the Buff Dudes channel, bodybuilder and YouTuber Hudson White spends the day eating and working out like Jackman, and soon finds that the Wolverine routine is not for the faint of heart.
For one thing, it costs $180 to buy and prepare just one day’s worth of food in Jackman’s diet. White usually only consumes around 2,500 calories per day, and so eating 8,000 calories across six meals is an “insane” challenge in itself. “There’s only been a few times in my life that I’ve actually surpassed 5,000 calories, and it’s just been a chore,” he says. “How am I going to put all of this in my body in a 12-hour period?”
For the first workout of the day, White focuses on lower body, performing the trap bar deadlift, cyclist squats (a staple of old-school bodybuilding), forward/reverse lunges, jumping split squats, and seated calf raises, spending nearly two hours in the gym.
Once he has refueled, the second workout of the day is a shorter one, taking just 45 minutes and consisting of pullups, bench press, double clap pushups, single-arm banded flys, dumbbell shoulder press, weighted cross bench dips, dumbbell bicep curls, and decline mobility ball crunches.
After following Jackman’s routine for just one day, White finds that the usual pleasure he takes from exercising and enjoying food is starting to wane, due to the strictly regimented, high-volume nature of what is required to physically transform for a superhero role.
“Sadly, doing it this way, when you’re having two workouts a day, when you’re trying to put 8,000 calories in your body, it’s a chore, it’s a full-time job really, and I don’t like it to be completely honest, I’m not a fan of this, and if I had to do this for a long period of time, I would lose the joy of lifting and eating. The way these actors are doing it, they’re yo-yoing for the role and what it requires of them, but for me, I could not do this.”
Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the United Kingdom covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues. His work has appeared in GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV.
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