Magic Mike’s Exercise Efficiency

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With the Academy Awards coming up this weekend, we’re sure you’re just as surprised and disappointed as us that Channing Tatum isn’t a nominee for his portrayal of Magic Mike. Nevertheless, we can probably all agree that the look he achieved for that movie is pretty impressive, and he did it by only working out 30 minutes a day!

According to Men’s Fitness, Tatum is a fan of functional fitness – similar to NFL or NBA athletes, he wants usable, functional muscle rather than taking the bodybuilder approach and hitting the gym just to bulk up his chest.

Tatum’s trainer, William J. Harris, puts the actor through workouts that build muscle and shed fat while improving strength, endurance and flexibility.  Workouts consist of rope turns and calisthenic exercises working every muscle in the body.  He also throws in classic compound movements using barbells and kettlebells.  Tatum keeps workouts to 30 minutes - his trainer insists that if you keep intensity high enough, you don’t need to train any longer than that.

Tatum’s workouts consist of three exercises and he completes as many rounds possible within 20 minutes.  “Working out at a high intensity keeps the heart pumping and burns more calories,” says Harris.

Here are some examples of the typical workouts Tatum performed.  Do these if you want to be efficient at the gym and look like Magic Mike:

  • Warm-up – Five minutes of skipping rope
  • Main workout – 20 minutes to do as many rounds as possible of 20 burpees, 15 hanging leg raises and 20 bodyweight squats
  • Cool down – Five minutes of skipping and stretching
  • Warm-up – Five minutes of skipping rope
  • Main workout – 20 minutes to do as many rounds as possible of 400m sprints, 10 kettlebell swings and 10 press-ups
  • Cool down – Five minute light jog and stretching
  • Warm-up – Five-minute jog
  • Main workout – 20 minutes to do as many rounds as possible of 100 rope skips, 10 pull-ups and five clean and jerks
  • Cool down – Five minute light jog and stretching