Often you’ll hear the media talking about how actors will “get buff” for a roll. They’ll talk about how an overweight actor shed 130 pounds to portray a real-life person, or how they added 80 pounds of muscle to portray Batman. At first we think “that’s cool.” Then after a few moments we realize “well, they have a nutrition consultant, personal trainer, eight or more hours of free time a day to get where they want to be…and, oh, they’re being paid 10 million to do so. Yeah, I could probably do that.”
Even if they’re not going for extreme body change and are simply trying to stick with the Hollywood ideal,many actors and musicians still stick to a daily routine. For some actors and singers, CrossFit is part of their routine in order to stay fit. Some use it to bulk us, some use it to simply stay thin. We’re pretty sure you’ve heard of a few of them.
Channing Tatum is one of the biggest stars to hit Hollywood in the last decade. Not only is he a big action start in the G.I Joe movies and 21 Jump Street, but he’s also been praised for his acting abilities in movies like Magic Mike and Foxcatcher. Tatum uses CrossFit to stay lean and limber, but he tries not to get overly buff so that he can move more easily during action scenes.
Jason Statham is one of the most unlikely action stars around. In 1998 he was cast working as a model when he met Guy Ritchie, who cast him in the movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels because of Statham’s work as real-world black market salesman. His role in Richie’s 2000 film Snatch brought him further into the public eye. His starring roles in three films of The Transporter series cemented him as an martial arts star, and the Crank movies added to his stature as an action star. Oh, and then he was in The Expendables as one of it’s youngest stars in a cast with the likes of Stallone and Schwarzenegger. He insists on doing all of his own stunts, and CrossFit helps him get the muscle he needs while keeping his muscles limber enough for martial arts.
Like we said before, not every person taking part in CrossFit is interested in getting huge muscles. Cameron Diaz uses it as part of her workout routine in order to retain the sculpted body that keeps her on the A-list in Hollywood. After working in smaller films, Diaz had her breakout role in There’s Something About Mary. Other big roles include starring in films like the Charlie’s Angel’s films, Any Given Sunday, Knight and Day, Bad Teacher, and Gangs of New York. Even when she’s doing voiceover work in the Shrek movies he’s still enjoying CrossFit exercises to keep strong and healthy.
Enough with the actors for a while, let’s talk about a singer! Kelly Clarkson is best known for being the first winner of American Idol back in 2002. She immediately got a manager and recording contract and released her first album less than a year later called Thankful. Clarkson attributes here interest in CrossFit due to its short workout time, intense exercise, and the way that it makes her feel powerful.
When you’re ready to make the most of your exercise time, CrossFit is what you’re looking for. Ready to investigate a little more? Check out it out here.