Athlete/Celebrity Workouts

Ryan Reynolds' Total-Body 'Deadpool' Workout

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

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool
© 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
© 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Duration 60 min.
Exercises 11
Equipment Yes

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.

"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.

Warmup

Exercise 1

Cow/Cat Yoga Pose How to
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2 sets
30 sec. reps
-- rest

Exercise 2

Glute Bridge How to
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2 sets
10 reps
-- rest

Exercise 3

Reverse Lunge with Reach Back You'll need: No Equipment How to
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2 sets
10 reps
-- rest

Exercise 4

Medicine Ball Slam You'll need: Medicine Ball How to
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2 sets
10 reps
-- rest

Exercise 5

Lateral Bound You'll need: No Equipment How to
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2 sets
10 reps
-- rest

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

Exercise 1

Kettlebell Swing You'll need: Kettlebells How to
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-- sets
10 reps
-- rest

Exercise 2

Front Squat You'll need: Barbell How to
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-- sets
5 reps
-- rest

Exercise 3

Barbell Bench Press You'll need: Barbell, Bench How to
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-- sets
5 reps
-- rest

Exercise 4

General Pullup You'll need: Pullup Bar How to
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-- sets
5 reps
-- rest

Exercise 5

Farmer's Walk You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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-- sets
50 yards reps
-- rest
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