Twilight: Eclipse is out on June 30, which means that Bella (Kristen Stewart), Edward (Robert Pattinson), Alice (Ashley Greene), Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard), Jacob (Taylor Lautner), and – of course – Emmett, played by Kellan Lutz, are back.
Kellan Lutz, who also happens to be the new Calvin Klein cover model, is fitter than ever for his role reprisal. During his time off since Twilight: New Moon, Kellan spent a lot of time working outside of the gym by swimming and hiking. But when it came down to getting ready for Twilight: Eclipse, Kellan Lutz hit the gym hard with the workout routine (below) covered in Men’s Health.
In addition, he and the rest of the cast were put through a 6-week “fighting camp,” according to co-star Peter Facinelli. “That’s all we had to do for six weeks,” Facinelli said. “We did fight choreography mixed in with working with a personal trainer so that we’d have the stamina to be able to pull off the fight sequences.”
“They created these giant treadmills called ‘Death Sleds.’ And we would just run on them for hours at a time, at 10-minute intervals,” he said.
Kellan Lutz begins every workout with at least five minutes of cardio and then he follows that with some core work.
Complete one set of each exercise. Rest 60-90 seconds. Then repeat. Do two more circuits (if you can).
Reverse Crunches [20 reps]
Lie face up on the floor with your palms facing down. Bend your hips and knees 90 degrees. Raise your hips off the floor and crunch them inward. Pause, and then slowly lower your legs until your heels neatly touch the floor.
V-Ups [20 reps]
Lie face up on the floor with your legs and arms straight. Hold your arms straight above the top of your head. In one movement, simultaneously lift your torso and legs as if you’re trying to touch your toes. Lower your body back to the starting position.
Barbell Front Squat to Press [12 reps]
Hold the bar with an overhand grip that’s just [beyond] shoulder width. Raise your upper arms until they’re parallel to the floor. Set your feet shoulder-width apart. Keeping your upper arms parallel to the floor, push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body as far as you can. Simultaneously push your body back to the start as you press the bar over your head.
Pushups [12 reps]
Get down on all fours and place your hands on the floor so that they’re slightly wider than and in line with your shoulders. Lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor. Pause at the bottom, and then push yourself back to the starting position as quickly as possible.
Incline Barbell Bench Press [12 reps]
Set an adjustable bench to its lowest incline, about 15 to 30 degrees. Lie faceup on the bench and grab the barbell with an overhand grip that’s slightly beyond shoulder width. Lower the bar to your upper chest. Pause, and then push the bar back to the starting position.
Explosive Pushups [12 reps]
Assume a pushup position. Bend your elbows and lower your body. Press yourself up so forcefully that your hands leave the floor.
Dumbbell Lunges [ 12 reps]
Grab a pair of dumbbells and hold them at arm’s length next to your sides, your palms facing each other. Step forward with your left leg and slowly lower your body until your front knee is bent at least 90 degrees. Pause, then push yourself to the starting position as quickly as you can. Complete the prescribed number of repetitions with your left leg, then do the same number with your right leg.
Goblet Squats [12 Reps]
Grab a dumbbell and hold it vertically in front of your chest, with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart [A]. Keeping your back naturally arched, push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body until the tops of your thighs are at least parallel to the floor. Pause, then push yourself back up to the start. If that’s too hard, do a bodyweight squat instead.
Kellan Lutz’s Workout Tips
He even disclosed some workout tips for hitting the gym with similar intensity.
Get a workout partner. “It’s great to have someone to push you and hold you accountable,” says Kellan.
Workout partners are great for spotting you and pushing you to your limits. They can also give you the motivation you need on “lazy” days when you’d otherwise just pack it in.
Try a workout game. Kellan Lutz plays a game with his workout partner where they spread a deck of cards on the floor. Someone picks a card, and the other person has to guess whether it’s black or red. If he gets it wrong, he has to do pushups according to the number on the card. If he gets it right, the other person does double.
You can also try FitDeck exercise playing cards.
Workout your abs less. “I saw much better results when I hit my abs harder and less frequently,” he says.
Although your abs and core muscles recover faster than any other muscle group, they still need time to heal and grow. Your abs don’t grow at the gym; they grow when you’re outside the gym – like when you’re sleeping. Even if you don’t feel sore, give yourself at least one day off in between ab days.
Be proportional. “You can’t just build a huge chest and arms. You need to work out your body evenly,” he says. “Otherwise, A, you’ll look weird, and B, it’s not the best for your body.” Kellan said it right.
How many times have you seen the guy at the gym who can bench 315 lbs, but has chicken legs? But besides looking like a freak, working the overlooked muscles can benefit the muscles for which you do care. For example, lifting legs (e.g., squats, deadlifts, etc.) causes your body to produce tremendous amounts of testosterone, which aid in building leg muscles, but also the muscle groups you worked the day before (and tomorrow’s muscle group). Want to add to your bench press? Do a leg workout the next day.
In general, Kellan Lutz eats (small) meals every 2 or 3 hours to keep up his metabolism. He also NEVER skips breakfast. With these two methods, he is never hungry, which prevents him from overeating. For a late night snack, he eats hard-boiled eggs. Like above, this meal keeps his metabolism running, while providing his body with protein.
Kellan Lutz’s Diet Advice
“I would suggest finding some sort of cardio that you enjoy. I hate running so for me it’s swimming. Stay as active as possible and don’t just sit in front of the television; do push ups or sit ups during the commercials. Even a little hard work goes a long way.”
“There’s no method to my madness. High protein meals are important and I love eggs and chicken so I try to eat that almost every day that I can.” he explains. He also mentions that he always stocks his kitchen with fruit for when he needs a snack.
For more Kellan Lutz workout secrets check out these interviews.