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Tuesday, August 11, 2015
At this moment in time, A-list Hollywood hunks don't come much hunkier-or for that matter much more A-list- than Bradley Cooper.
To make the heartbreaking tale believable, Cooper admits he had to truly invest in the man he was playing. "I had to become Chris; I had to believe that I was him," he admits. Even for a man of 83 kgs and in great condition, this meant bulking up like never before. "Not even 83 kgs would have been enough," he says. "His size was a part of who he was; I had to get there."
As for Cooper, the actor teamed up with personal trainer Jason Walsh in order to transform himself into what he has termed "beast mode." The problem was that Cooper only had 10 weeks to get in shape without doing any lasting damage to his body. This meant fast-track muscle weight gain.
Walsh would put Cooper through his paces twice a day, at 5 am and in the early evening, with two two-hour workouts.
The first was focussed on structural elements to build extra mass with squats and dead lifts; the second centred on traditional muscle building.
The toil was worth it-Cooper won universal plaudits for the emotive and convincing portrayal of Kyle, but the weight was deliberately shed as soon as possible after filming finished. By going back and adhering to his own strict rules of workout-"super-set exercises to the max, eat well, drink protein shakes, stay focussed and drink lots of water," Cooper lost 6-8 kilos in three weeks and was soon down to his ideal weight of 83 kg.
Now the actor continues his own fitness routine which, at its heart, is focused on abstaining from alcohol.
It has given him a figure that's the envy of most men, and that's enough for Cooper. "I have no desire to put myself through that sort of gruelling training regime again. Being a man mountain was an amazing thing for me to do, but it's a real commitment to stay that way, and I've realised that just being fit and healthy is enough, as it should be for all of us."
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