Michael B. Jordan’s Human Torch might not have been the best portrayal we could have hoped for – but I still enjoyed the movie, and have to admit to the man’s killer physique.
Don’t deny it, people.
But, don’t fret – we’ll also be combining the workout routine he’s used for Creed as well, to give us the ultimate Human Torch physique.
And let’s not forget that he isn’t the first Human Torch to grace the presence of SHJ. Chris Evans may be our Captain America, but he came to us as Human Torch first.
Which Torch do you prefer?
Michael B. Jordan Stats:
Weight: (approximate) 175 lbs.
Let’s also take a second to realize that Michael B. Jordan is also casted in our Black Panther movie as Erik Killmonger!
The stud has a taste for superhero movies that we have to acknowledge, right?
Jordan struts just about 6 ft tall, right around the range of Brad Pitt, Charlie Hunnam, Stephen Amell and Tyler Hoechlin – standing still below Batista, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Momoa and Ben Affleck – but above others like Mark Wahlberg, Zac Efron, and Kit Harington.
We’ve seen some other boxers at SHJ if you’re interested as well. Recently we saw Frank Grillo, aka Crossbones supervillain, transform using boxing as well. But, prior, we had super-studs like Sebastian Stan, Miles Teller, Jake Gyllenhaal, Scott Adkins, and Manu Bennett use boxing and fighting tactics in there routines.
Michael B. Jordan Diet and Nutrition
The Michael B. Jordan diet was revolved around bulking up. If you were to look up his weight right now it would show him around 150 ish lbs instead of the 175+ range. That’s because it hasn’t been updated after he bulked up over 20 lbs for Creed!
That being said, another really cool aspect of the diet he utilized is carb cycling, or what we utilize called cyclical ketosis (or sometimes referred to as carb reloading).
We see it used in many of our Nutrition Classes (Hunter Gatherers, Samurais, Monks, Vikings) in The Academy when we talk about the 80/20 Method of dieting.
Here’s part of an interview with Jordan’s nutrition coach:
Q: How intense was the diet plan that you put on Michael B Jordan for the movie Creed?
A: We literally tracked every calorie that Michael ate so he wouldn’t store any body fat but would pack on a lot of lean muscle mass.
Q: What diet “tricks” did you incorporate, I heard its not really possible to pack on a ton of muscle mass without storing ANY body fat?
A: Well – Michael was already fairly lean and had some visual abs before we started. This helped the process a ton. Building muscle further builds your metabolism and helps you burn more body fat – so putting on a bit of muscle each week helped supercharge his results and get even leaner. We incorporated “carbohydrate cycling” since insulin is a powerful muscle builder. Michael would load up on the post workout carbohydrates and eat a lot of simple sugars. We would have him eating a bag of gummy bears with a protein shake post workout!
Q: Wait a minute – he would eat a bag of gummy bears every day and he looks like that?!
A: Yup! Gummy bears have zero fat and are high glycemic – so they are the perfect food to eat following a workout to repair and rebuild damaged muscle tissue if you pair it with high quality protein. It actually has a similar effect on the body as eating white rice, or white potatoes – and it’s a lot more fun!
Now, I don’t know if we’re going to go ahead and have all of you eat a bag of gummy bears after every workout – but it is still good information.
So, the specific calorie counting (or macro counting) that Michael B. Jordan utilized for his nutrition turns out to be more similar to the Nightwing Path (Minimalist) in The Academy, but the carb reloading is just another trick they utilized to manipulate fat storage (or the lack thereof) while promoting muscle growth.
Michael B. Jordan Workout Routine Research
Michael B. Jordan’s mass gain and physique was due largely to his nutrition.
That much is a fact we know. Nutrition is king.
But, that doesn’t mean he didn’t absolutely train his butt off.
Here’s what Business Insider tells us about his workout routine:
In addition to a strict diet, here’s a snapshot of the intense workout Jordan did six days a week:
- 45 to 60 minutes of cardio
- Three sets of 25 reps of sit-ups every other day
- One-mile warm-up on the treadmill
- Two sets of 10 reps of push-ups
- Four sets of dumbbell curls
- Three rounds of 20 reps of box jumps, jump squats, and burpees
- Boxing training (heavy bag, speed bag, jump rope)
I mean, that kind of makes my job quite easy, eh?
Normally I have to sit there and pick and choose from different things I find in order to come up with a workout routine to fit the goal physique of these celebs, but Michael B. Jordan and his trainer were generous enough to give us a very specific insight.
Thank you Mr. Jordan.
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Michael B. Jordan Workout Routine
6 Days per Week
I just wrote an article about how many days you [really] have to workout a week, and it might have gone a bit against the 6 day split – BUT, this is what Michael B. Jordan was training…so this is what I’m programming!
45 to 60 minutes of cardio
Three sets of 25 reps of sit-ups every other day
One-mile warm-up on the treadmill
Two sets of 10 reps of push-ups
Four sets of dumbbell curls
Three rounds of 20 reps of box jumps, jump squats, and burpees
Boxing training (heavy bag, speed bag, jump rope)
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