We're going to safely assume that most of the guys reading along are fully aware what beast mode means. Otherwise, why the heck would you click on this article? Then again, maybe you clicked in order to learn — nothing wrong with that! If that's the case, sit down and let us educate you.
In a nut shell, beast mode indicates when someone has entered a state of extreme or serious training. It's definitely a phrase you've heard grunted in gyms across America. On occasion, some dudes will use the term to describe other things like partying or hitting on chicks. Don't be those dudes, please.
Today, we're talking about the real beast mode — the one involving health and fitness. Some of the most famous actors in Hollywood have had to go full beast mode for a role and trust us, it's A LOT freakin' harder than it seems. Sure, they made get paid a whole lot of money, but sometimes they have to ruin their lives (happiness and ability to eat anything tasty) in the process.
For the complete guide of actors who went into beast mode for a role, keep on scrolling!
Tom Hardy — Venom
Tom Hardy is no stranger to going into full beast mode. We mean, c'mon, he played Bane after all. That being said, his new role in the movie Venom looks to be his most intense yet. According to LadBible Hardy's latest fitness routine includes boxing, kickboxing and MMA. Hardy's trainers, Nathan Jones and Mark Mene describe his dedication:
"Training Tom Hardy, what I found surprising was actually his humility, he was very humble, down to earth. And you're able to communicate with him. I'm impressed, he's definitely going to live up to the character, because, you know, he's dealing with a guy that turns into an 8 ft. tall beast."
Can we just say that we're super stoked for Venom to hit theaters and we have no doubt that Hardy will be every bit the beast he was in The Dark Knight Rises.
Brad Pitt — Fight Club
Brad Pitt's role in Fight Club is perhaps one of the most iconic movie characters of all time. You can argue that, but we wont listen. Of course, have the intrigue of Tyler Durden (especially to women) was his lean, muscular AF physique. Fitness B&W described a sample of his weekly workout routine and it's bananas:
Monday – Chest
Push-ups – 3 sets of 25 reps
Bench press – 25, 15 & 8 reps @ 165, 195, 225 lbs
Nautilus press – 15 reps @ 80, 100, 130 lbs
Incline press – 15 reps @ 80, 100, 130 lbs
Pec deck – 15 reps @ 60, 70, 80 lbs
Tuesday – Back
25 pull ups – 3 sets to fatigue
Seated rows – 3 sets @ 75, 80, 85 lbs
Lat pull downs – 3 sets @ 135, 150, 165 lbs
T-bar rows – 3 sets @ 80, 95, 110 lbs
Wednesday – Shoulders
Arnold press – 3 sets @ 55 lbs
Laterals – 3 sets @ 30 lbs
Front raises – 3 sets @ 25 lbs
That's just an example of 3/7 days! Can you imagine what the whole week would like? Then again, if the pay off is Tyler Durden abs, maybe it's worth it.
Ryan Reynolds — Deadpool
We don't know about you guys, but we can't get enough of Ryan Reynolds, he's just an all-around great dude! Oh, and playing Deadpool doesn't exactly hurt his street cred. In order to get in shape for the role, Ryan's trainer, Don Saladino describes his advice in an interview with the Daily Mail
"When it comes to exercise, there is a misconception that fat loss equals cardio and to build muscle, you weight train. But the two are actually not so different. Toning and fat burning are very similar. We actually need a lot less cardio than people think. Ryan Reynolds, for example, he weight trains and resistance trains, you never see that guy on the treadmill."
To be honest, that doesn't sound that bad. Cardio is basically the devil, so weight lifting seems like a nice contrast. Then again, we're not talking casual weight lifting. We're talking day in and day out for months on end. Yep, never mind, we'll let the actors stick to the working out while we lounge around watch the movies.
Gerard Butler — 300
According to Men's Health Gerard Butler’s training for 300 built muscle, increased muscular endurance, and stripped fat fast all at the same freakin' time. To achieve movie muscles that stand out, he and his other cast members used this mind-boggling, less than conventional, 300-rep rite of passage:
The “Original” 300 Workout
- Pullups - 25 reps
- Barbell Deadlift with 135 lbs. - 50 reps
- Pushups - 50 reps
- 24-inch Box Jumps - 50 reps
- Floor Wipers - 50 reps
- Single-Arm Clean-and-Press with 36 lbs Kettlebell - 50 reps
- Pullups - 25 reps
For those of you who don't think you're up to the task of the original workout plan, there's also a beginner and intermediate version. We recommend definitely starting there!
Jason Statham — The Transporter
Jason Statham pretty much always looks like he's in beast mode, so if anything, let's go ahead and say his role in The Transporter was extra beast mode, OK? According to Men's Fitness:
"Instead of going the typical Hollywood route of hiring a personal trainer, Statham motivated himself, increasing his time in the gym and taking his interest in mixed martial arts to the next level. By the end of his intense training, Statham was so physically fit he was able to perform most of his own stunts in the film."
Again, it's really no surprise that Statham was able to be his own stunt man. The dude is an animal. If nothing else we just wanted to throw him in here in case you're ever feeling really lazy. He's a great motivator for putting down that third slice of pizza.
David Harbour — Hellboy
Most of you know David Harbour as Detective Hopper on Stranger Things and while his character is awesome, he's not exactly buff. How do we put this nicely? Hopper is a bit, uh, jiggly around his mid-section. Well, that's most definitely not the case for Harbour's upcoming role in the Hellboy reboot. He went into total and complete beast mode, there's no doubt:
"I wanted to mainly focus on power and strength so when I'm doing these movements and doing this role that you believe it, that this guy, when he hits you, hits you like a truck."
Pretty sure referring to your body as a truck in any capacity means that you're going all out in the gym.