Last updated on February 21st, 2021 at 10:15 am
It would have been inappropriate to start with a picture of Rocket instead of Bradley Cooper being a stud and showing off his physique…
I know..I know..I promise to add a picture or two of Rocket…and maybe one of Groot…
It’s actually at the point where we have just about seen the entire Guardians of the Galaxy team.
I still owe you guys a Zoe Saldana (Gamora) routine, which will be coming shortly, but we’ve hit everyone else with the publishing of this post.
Bradley Cooper’s Stats (Not Rocket’s)
Weight: (approximate) 185 lbs.
And, while normally we’re talking about these actors portrayals of a superhero (we’re not going to forget about Rocket, don’t worry), it is important to note the amazing job Cooper did in starring as the hero Chris Kyle in American Sniper. He definitely was a SuperHuman, and more than deserves a spot on SHJ.
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Bradley Cooper Diet and Nutrition
For those of you bulking up, this one is going to remind you of the Hugh Jackman calorie overload we saw in the past. To refresh your memories: Jackman was eating 5,000 calories a day in a 6-8 hour window utilizing intermittent fasting techniques.
Now while Cooper didn’t use intermittent fasting to bulk up 40 lbs. to star as Chris Kyle, he did have to reportedly intake 8,000 calories every single day!
I’m not going to ask you to do that.
It is important to remember that Cooper was working with limited time, and I highly suggest slowing down the process and making your diet as sustainable as possible. An unsustainable diet can result in failure, fat gain, and other problems we don’t like to even think about.
I’ve dealt with it first-hand. Take my word for it.
We see a lot of celebs opt for a sustainable approach like this.
That’s why our Academy Nutrition Classes (Monks, Minimalists, SuperHumans, Vikings, Spartans, Hunter Gatherers, Greek Gods, Samurais, & Eat Fat, Lose Fat) revolve around helping you find the specific diet that is right FOR YOU.
Of course, there are a lot of reasons to HAVE the strict guidelines.
We’ve seen a lot of celebs opt for specific restrictions.
For example: Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart incorporate 80/20 dieting with big weekly cheat meals, Hugh Jackman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hopper, and Terry Crews utilize intermittent fasting(something I use daily as well), Mustafa Shakir and Madelaine Petsch are vegans, Brandon Routh and Frank Grillo opt for paleo, and tons of others utilize their own variations as well.
And, that’s just to name a few celebs from each, by the way.
You can check out our Nutrition Pillars for more information and articles on all of the above and more.
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Bradley Cooper Workout Routine Research
Bradley Cooper walks around at the 185 lb. range. Chris Kyle was 230 pounds of muscle. It was time for Cooper to bulk up and give his best portrayal.
Cooper is quoted saying:
Every weekday from six to eight I’d go to the gym. Ten to twelve I would work out with Tim Monich (Cooper’s speech coach). Then, two to four thirty I’d go back to the gym. It was basically a science experiment to get as big as that man was.
We’ve seen some high intensity, high volume routines in the past. Henry Cavill’s routine to transform himself and bulk up from Immortal’s to Man of Steel was one that this quote reminds me of.
By the end of Bradley Cooper’s training with coach Jason Walsh, Walsh says of Cooper:
He was able at the end to do five sets of 8 reps of deadlifts at 415 pounds.
Now we’re talking!
And, while we’re talking about Cooper’s bulkiness, this is what he has to say about it:
“It changes absolutely everything,” he says. “It changes the way you walk, the way people relate to you. If someone bumps into you on the sidewalk, they kind of ricochet off. You go to a party and everyone’s dancing, you’re not being moved by anybody.”
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Bradley Cooper Workout Routine
5+ Days per week
Cooper was training twice a day, intensely. If you’re going to want to bulk up the way he did, you’ll need to put in the time.
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Day One: Back and Biceps
DB Bicep Curls
Cable Lat Pulldowns
Weighted Chin Ups
Day Two: Shoulders and Traps
DB Shoulder Front Raises
Day Three: Light Full Body
Squat Clean and Press
Cable Hammer Curls
Cable Chest Flys
Cable Shoulder Flys
Day Four: Chest and Triceps
Tricep Cable Pushdown
Close Grip Bench Press
Incline Bench Press (DB)
Overhead Tricep Extension
Decline Cable Chest Flys
Day Five: Lower Body
Straight Leg Deadlift
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