The Unlikely Muscleman Jake Gyllenhaal has never been known to sport any serious muscle that is, until his most recent film Southpaw. Trading in his normal guy looks for a torn down and battered warrior physique gave Jake a brand new facet to his acting abilities. How did Jake achieve his utterly convincing boxer physique?
When Jake takes on a role, he fully commits to it and puts in more than a 100% of himself into all the work needed to develop the character. This is the same mentality he gets into when he hits the gym to develop his body. The secret weapon to Jakes awesome physique is first and foremost, his mind, which is very convenient since the workout he was put through to achieve his shredded body in Southpaw was very demanding.
Jake had to enroll himself in a training camp, which is normal for any fighter to get into. You have to take note that Jake wasnt training to fight in the ring (technically). He was training to fight in front of the camera. Now you cant just look like a boxer and expect people to believe that you can fight if you dont have the coordination and abilities of one.
This meant that Jake had to undergo the same training most boxers go through in the training camp. He started his day with an 8-mile run to improve his cardio. This was followed up with a sparring session with a fighter who could fight a little over Jakes level to improve his fighting skills inside the ring.
One of the best things about sparring is you learn a lot about yourself through the moves you employ and the techniques you use to overcome your opponent.<.p>
After a couple of sparring sessions with coaching included, Jake would take a short 30-minute break to eat a strict diet filled with protein, calories and enough carbs to last him the whole day.
After the rest period, he went on to body and weight training. These types of workout include strength training and body development. So Jake had to do various pull-ups, chin-ups, free weights and lifts. Also included are various dips and deadlifts. Before ending the day, the focus will shift to core muscle development. These include planking (regular, one arm and shifting planking manuevers), push-ups and raises. These workouts are usually performed with high reps and low sets. At the end of the day, Jake gets some rest and starts again the next day with the same routine. This went on for the entire duration of the training camp.