Ryan Reynolds, 37, takes his shirt off in almost every movie he’s in, whether it’s a comedy, or an action hero adventure. He admits to living like an unhealthy “frat boy” in his youth, but credits his role in Blade: Trinity for changing his life, and his training. For the role, he trained six days a week, and ate a 3,200-calorie daily diet in order to gain 25 pounds of muscle.
“THAT TIME CHANGED MY LIFE BECAUSE IT TAUGHT ME YOU CAN ACTUALLY DO THINGS THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY IMPOSSIBLE,” HE SAYS. “I NOW TRAIN BECAUSE I LIKE BEING HEALTHY AND I ENJOY IT A LOT. I’M AT MY HAPPIEST WHEN I’M OUTDOORS, WALKING IN THE WOODS OR HIKING. I LIKE TO TRY TO INCORPORATE THOSE KINDS OF ACTIVITIES INTO MY MORNING ROUTINE. IN SOME WAYS, IT’S LIKE MEDITATION. “
He enjoys fitness so much that he even pushed himself to train for and run the New York City marathon in a time of 3 hours, 50 minutes. Reynolds also sticks to healthy home-cooked meals such as 97% fat free bison bolognese with fresh ingredients over brown rice.
“NUTRITION IS EVERYTHING. EVERYONE THINKS GETTING IN SHAPE IS 80% WORKING OUT AND 20% DIET, BUT REALLY IT’S THE OTHER WAY AROUND.”