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Ryan Reynolds’ Total-Body ‘Deadpool’ Workout

Trainer Don Saladino shares the routine that kept Reynolds on track to play the Marvel antihero.

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Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool
© 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool
© 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Ryan Reynolds has always had a big sense of humor, but to take on the role of the infamous Marvel antihero Deadpool, he had to build an equally formidable physique. On his quest to get superhero fit, he worked with NYC-based trainer and former Muscle & Fitness cover star Don Saladino to pack on lean muscle and get stronger than ever.

Ahead of the Deadpool 2 premiere, Saladino posted a selfie Reynolds snapped on Instagram that shows off the results of his hard work in the gym.

Sure, some makeup highlights his six-pack in this photo, but it’s clear that those abs aren’t solely the product of special effects.

While Reynolds typically trains consistently, even movie stars sometimes have trouble fitting in enough time to work out regularly. Saladino shared with us a total-body workout that Reynolds did to prepare his physique for Deadpool when the actor was facing a time crunch.

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“This is a good one-day, full-body program,” Saladino says. “We would throw this in when travel got tough and life took over, but it really maintained a lot of what we were working on throughout the week.”

The warmup will get your muscles ready to tackle an intense circuit workout that hits virtually every major muscle group. And don’t be fooled—just because it’s a circuit doesn’t mean it doesn’t involve some big lifts. You’ll knock out both front squats and bench presses at about 85% intensity, which ensures that you’ll be feeling this workout tomorrow.

Routine

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Warmup

Exercise
Equipment
Sets
Reps
Rest
Exercise 1 of 11

Cow/Cat Yoga Pose

Equipment
Sets
2
Reps
30 sec.
Rest
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Equipment
No Equipment
Sets
2
Reps
10
Rest
--
Exercise 4 of 11

Medicine Ball Slam

Equipment
Medicine Ball
Sets
2
Reps
10
Rest
--
Exercise 5 of 11

Lateral Bound

Equipment
No Equipment
Sets
2
Reps
10
Rest
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The Workout

Perform 5 rounds as a circuit at about 85% intensity. Rest 30 seconds between rounds.

Exercise
Equipment
Sets
Reps
Rest
Exercise 6 of 11

Kettlebell Swing

Equipment
Kettlebells
Sets
--
Reps
10
Rest
--
Exercise 7 of 11

Front Squat

Equipment
Barbell
Sets
--
Reps
5
Rest
--
Exercise 8 of 11

Barbell Bench Press

Equipment
Barbell, Bench
Sets
--
Reps
5
Rest
--
Exercise 9 of 11

General Pullup

Equipment
Pullup Bar
Sets
--
Reps
5
Rest
--
Exercise 10 of 11

Farmer’s Walk

Equipment
Dumbbells
Sets
--
Reps
50 yards
Rest
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