Jude Law’s training program for his role in “Repo Men” wasn’t complicated. It was based on a few simple, well-known programming rules. It required a high level of dedication and an extremely strong work ethic. There weren’t any secrets or any short cuts. For this role there couldn’t be.
To prepare actors for a physical role most trainers look to the easiest path available: have the actor take a few chemicals and have them simply show up to the gym a few times a week. That kind of training leads to a substandard result. The so-called results look fake, and the actor himself knows that his ‘results’ are the consequence of cheating. That sentiment is transmitted to the audience through the camera. No amount of editing can hide it.
Simply looking good was not enough for Jude to play this part. He needed to survive a crucible, to be reshaped, and most importantly to become an athlete. He had to learn what it was like to suffer and to feel transformed by having overcome tremendous adversity. Jude had to be pushed to his physical and psychological limits to experience a deep and meaningful change in his character. It wasn’t as simple as lifting a few weights.
For this project to be successful Lisa Twight, Jude’s trainer needed to be much more then a personal trainer: she was a mentor, a leader and a coach. She helped Jude evolve psychologically not just physically.
Jude’s training program requires much more than a gym membership and someone to count reps. It requires a genuine desire to improve and above all a willingness to suffer. Without those things what is written on paper won’t work.
To break Jude down the physical training had to be difficult. To keep him healthy and sharp enough to undertake his martial arts training, to execute his stunts, and to participate in a grueling schedule of filming (he is in virtually every scene) Lisa deemed recovery of the utmost importance. The necessity of proper recovery cannot to be underestimated. Each and every day Jude saw a massage therapist, ate well and completed other recovery practices to ensure that he could give his all when called to do so.
The attached program is one month of Jude’s actual training. It requires six training days per week and one rest day. Keep in mind that on top of the gym training schedule that is detailed here he also engaged in two hours daily of stunt/martial art training and maintained a difficult filming schedule. If you do not do martial arts that is fine. Engage in 1-2 hours of cardiovascular exercise a day.
Jude was as dedicated in all areas of training (working out, nutrition, recovery) as anyone we have ever worked with.
Program written by Lisa Twight, Founder of Gym Jones
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