Workout Routines

Jamie Foxx's core workout to build a lean, muscular body

Functional training and core work allow the star to assume any identity.

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Jamie Foxx
Ben Watts
Ben Watts
Duration 20
Exercises 3-4
Equipment Yes

Jamie Foxx is one of few movie stars who’s also a great actor. (Think about it.) Whether he’s playing a rhythm-and-blues legend (Ray), an ex-slave out for revenge (Django Unchained), or the president of the United States (White House Down), Foxx has a way of dissolving into character.

Such versatility requires intensive physical control, in addition to decent acting chops. His dynamic physique is as much a part of his transformative ability as his acting, and his workouts lay a foundation on which he can build any character he takes on.

How it works

Foxx’s workout is divided into mini circuits that keep it moving quickly, allowing him to hit multiple muscle groups in a short period and raise his heart rate to accelerate fat burning. Although Foxx always sports ripped abs and thick arms, he does surprisingly little direct training for them. His workouts integrate core stability into every movement to enhance his functionality. With such a solid starting point, he can quickly add whatever muscle, flexibility, or definition a part requires. 

Jack Manson is Jamie Foxx’s personal trainer and the owner of Jack Built Performance, LLC, in Los Angeles.

Directions

The exercises are divided into groups of three or four. Perform a set of the A, B, and C exercises (there’s also one D move) in sequence before resting. Repeat until you’ve done all the sets for that group— then move on to the next group.

Note: Foxx's versions of these exercises are pretty specific, so be sure to refer to the instructions when necessary.

Jamie Foxx's total-body workout Group 1

Exercise 1A.

Leg Press You'll need: No Equipment How to
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3 sets
10 + 10 single-leg reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 1B.

Plank/Side Plank Combo You'll need: No Equipment How to
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3 sets
60 sec. per position reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 1C.

Pushup How to
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3 sets
10-15 each direction reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 1D.

Lateral Crawl You'll need: No Equipment How to
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3 sets
10-15 each direction reps
90-120 sec. rest

Jamie Foxx's total-body workout Group 2

Exercise 2A.

Dumbbell Lunge You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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3 sets
6-9 each side reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 2B.

Horizontal Cable Woodchop You'll need: Cable Machine How to
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3 sets
15-20 each side reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 2C.

Pullup You'll need: Pullup Bar How to
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3 sets
21-24, varying grip every 4 reps reps
90-120 sec. rest

Jamie Foxx's total-body workout Group 3

Exercise 3A.

Dumbbell Curl You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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3 sets
10-15 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 3B.

Standing Calf Raise You'll need: Box How to
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3 sets
10-15 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 3C.

Dumbbell Overhead Press You'll need: Dumbbells How to
Dumbbell Overhead Press  thumbnail
3 sets
10-12 per side reps
90-120 sec. rest

Jamie Foxx's total-body workout Group 4

Exercise 4A.

Hollow Hold You'll need: No Equipment How to
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3 sets
15-20 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 4B.

Dumbbell Y-T-W-I How to
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3 sets
20 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 4C.

Swiss Ball Stir the Pot You'll need: Swiss Ball How to
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3 sets
20 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 4D.

Weighted Triceps Dip You'll need: Dip Station How to
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3 sets
15-20 reps
90-120 sec. rest
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