“Twilight” star Taylor Lautner, who portrays werewolf Jacob Black, was a scrawny 140 pound teenager in 2008 – not exactly the physique becoming of our favorite werewolf. Lautner decided to take on the task of adding 30 pounds of pure muscle to his 5’10” frame in a years time, just in time for filming the second “Twilight” movie, “New Moon.”
The result of his hard work is a healthy, chiseled physique and washboard abs that many Team Jacob fans strive to achieve.
Believe it or not, it’s actually easier to bulk up if you’re on the lean side and doing so in a year is completely doable provided you have the willpower and desire to work hard for that Hollywood body.
So, how did Taylor do it?
Lautner credits his buff physique, in part, to taking it easy on alcohol, saying, “In terms of keeping the abs and the muscles, I never get really drunk. And you have to stay away from sugar.” Another motivating factor came in the form of his “Twilight” co-star Robert Pattinson.
The actor admitted he had to be reminded to eat and has said he was eating every two hours – six meals a day – while filming. As for working out, he “ … had to get my butt in the gym and that’s difficult because we were filming 12 to 15 hour days.”
Lautner, a three time junior world karate champion, has always been a healthy eater and has said he doesn’t pig out. He believes eating right and following a strict workout regimen are key in meeting weight gain goals.
Where did Lautner start on his road to beefing up?
One of the first things the actor did was condition his body. This included having a spotter stack weights gradually until he could lift about 40 percent more than what his normal would be. Lautner varied his workout routine, which includes number of reps and weight amounts. By doing this, the actor was forcing his muscles to adapt to variations. He also employed the use to tension devices coupled with dumbbells, for example.
To maintain those great abs, Lautner targets them during workouts just three days a week and performs side-to-side exercises along with traditional lifts.
Exercise alone won’t do the trick. What you eat goes along way in helping you to meet weight gain goals.
Does Taylor worry about losing all that hard work now that the last “Twilight” film is behind him? Not at all.
Being healthy goes far beyond physical appearance. At L.A.’s Hollywood Body Club, for example, elite Beverly Hills personal trainer Max “The Body” Philisaire goes above and beyond simply getting “ripped.” He believes that balance, “ … is achieved with optimal health and self-realization.” Clients are rewarded with “… optimal health and long term fulfillment.”