Workout Routines

Ryan Phillippe's total-body workout to burn fat and build lean muscle

Even in his 40s, the ultra-ripped 'Shooter' star has sculpted an enviable physique. Here's the "prison-style" workout routine he uses, courtesy of his trainer Happy Hill.

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Ryan Philippe
The Riker Brothers
The Riker Brothers
Duration 90
Exercises 21
Equipment Yes

Ryan Phillippe and his his longtime personal trainer, Happy Hill, refer to the actor’s training regimen as a “prison-style workout” for both its simplicity and reliance on basic equipment: barbells, dumbbells, and bodyweight moves.

Phillippe’s “Happy Hour Grind,” a five-times-weekly, 90-minute workout—which encompasses old-school calisthenics, free weights, and a half-hour warmup of sprints on a treadmill or an elliptical—tests both his muscular endurance and trains his entire body.

Phillippe doesn't just grind through the motions, though—he has the training know-how to adapt on the fly and to turn his surroundings into a gym, whether that means tearing through dips or incline pushups on a rock, or using a boardwalk railing to work on his abdominals. Wherever the 42-year-old Shooter star trains, maintaining his lean, muscular physique requires consistency and a clean diet. “You get half the results for twice the work [as you get older],” Phillippe says. “We’re all going to age, but if you don’t want it to be as devastating as it can be, take care of yourself. Eat right and get to the gym. I’ve never gotten lazy about that.”

How to do it

Perform each circuit three times before moving on to the next. Between circuits jump rope for two to three minutes, alternating between single jumps and double unders. Rest as needed between rounds. Pressed for time? Focus on one circuit for as many rounds as possible.

For more from Ryan Phillippe—plus the latest in looking great and eating right—pick up the June 2017 issue of Men's Fitness on newsstands now.

Circuit 1 Abs (do 3 rounds)

Exercise 1.

Hanging Leg Raise You'll need: Pullup Bar How to
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1 sets
25 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 2.

Swiss Ball Crunch You'll need: Swiss Ball How to
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-- sets
25 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 3.

Bicycle Crunch You'll need: No Equipment How to
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1 sets
50 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 4.

Oblique Crunch You'll need: No Equipment How to
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1 sets
10 (each side) reps
As needed. rest

Circuit 2 Chest and legs (do 3 rounds)

Exercise 1.

High Box Jump You'll need: Box How to
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-- sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 2.

Barbell Clean and Press to Rollout to Pushup You'll need: Barbell How to
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1 sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 3.

Bench Press You'll need: Barbell How to
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1 sets
15 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 4.

Decline Pushup You'll need: Bench How to
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-- sets
15 reps
As needed. rest

Circuit 3 Back and biceps (do 3 rounds)

Exercise 1.

Wide-Grip Pullup You'll need: Pullup Bar How to
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-- sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 2.

Pullover/Triceps Extension You'll need: Barbell How to
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-- sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 3.

One-Arm Dumbbell Row You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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1 sets
10 (per side) reps
As needed. rest

Circuit 4 Legs (do 3 rounds)

Exercise 1.

Smith Machine Squat You'll need: Smith Machine
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1 sets
15 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 2.

Hamstring Curl You'll need: Swiss Ball How to
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1 sets
15 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 3.

Farmer's Walk You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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1 sets
15 reps
As needed. rest

Circuit 5 Lats and traps (do 3 rounds)

Exercise 1.

Chinup You'll need: Pullup Bar How to
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1 sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 2.

T-Bar Row
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1 sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 3.

Lat Pulldown You'll need: Cable Machine How to
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1 sets
10 (per arm) reps
As needed. rest

Circuit 6 Chest and arms (do 3 rounds)

Exercise 1.

Shoulder Press You'll need: No Equipment How to
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1 sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 2.

Biceps Curl You'll need: Elastic Band How to
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1 sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 3.

Dip You'll need: Dip Station How to
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1 sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 4.

Skull Crusher to Close-grip Bench Press You'll need: Barbell How to
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1 sets
10 reps
As needed. rest
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