Legion: Paul Bettany’s Archangel Workout

by Nate

in Celebrity Workouts, Fitness News, Role Preparation, Workout Routines

legion paul bettany comiccon 31 Legion: Paul Bettanys Archangel Workout workout routines role preparation fitness news celebrity workouts A self-described “beer and bread man,” Paul Bettany recently transformed his body into a ripped machine for his role in the upcoming thriller Legion in which he plays the humanity-saving archangel Michael.

Bettany changed his diet to include small meals of lean meat and vegetables, while eating every 4 hours.  This diet helped ensure that Bettany’s metabolism, and thus his body’s fat-burning ability, was running at full throttle all-day long.  In addition, such a diet ensures that insulin, and thus energy levels, are always in check.

Bettany also hired trainer Mike Hood to run him through circuit training workouts 5 days per week.  Hood says, “The idea was to blast his body.  We didn’t do a lot of cardio.  The heart rate was elevated throughout the workout.  He was never sitting around.”  Essentially the circuit training routine replaced Bettany’s cardio needs, while also creating more muscle, which further increased his metabolism and body’s fat-burning ability.

Here is Bettany’s circuit workout, courtesy of the February 2010 issue of Men’s Fitness:

Core Exercises

  • 20 Hanging Leg Lifts (with ankle weights)
  • 30 Rope Crunches
  • 30 Ab Wheel Rollouts
  • 20 Back Extensions

Complete the core phase of the workout with as little rest as possible between exercises before moving on to the main circuit.


Circuit Training

  • Smith Machine Bench Press
  • Incline Press
  • Lat Pulldown
  • One-Arm Push Press
  • Barbell Curl
  • Tricep Overhead Extension

Complete 3 rounds of the circuit.  Do 15 reps of each exercise.  Jump rope for 2 minutes, as an active recovery,  in between rounds.

You can see Bettany in Legion in theaters nationwide starting tonight (January 22, 2010).

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