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Celebrity Workouts: Vin Diesel, Brad Pitt, and Hugh Jackman Workouts

Updated on September 29, 2012

Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel is known for his muscular body and overall lean figure. He might not be the leanest guy in the world, but his body fat percentage is still low, easily showing off his muscular frame. A lot of people are interested in his workout routine and techniques in the gym. Unfortunately, his lifting habits aren’t clearly known, he’s only revealed the basics of his formula. His personal revelations about his workout, broad as they may be are no surprise to me. Read on to find out what they are.

Vin admits that his workout is based on compound movements- exercises that utilize and recruit multiple muscle groups. Okay, so exercises like squats, dead lift, bench press, and similar movements will be included. However, we can deduce that this is not all there is to his workouts because he’s got more than just a big butt, massive legs and a thick chest. These exercises alone will build bulk, but not necessarily lean muscle mass and well defined musculature like Vin Diesel’s. I would suggest that he probably performs these three fundamental movements, but incorporates other compound movements as well. These would include dumbbell exercises like the dumbbell press and shoulder press, various rows and pull-ups, and probably a few isolation exercises like lateral dumbbell raises and maybe even chest flies. The real mystery, in my mind is not even what exercises he performs, but how he varies his workouts from day to day. I would suggest he lifts 3 to 5 days per week and alternates between upper and lower body, but that’s just my guess. His routine probably looks something like this:

Day 1: Chest, Shoulders and Biceps-

-Dumbbell press


-Chest Flies

-Lateral Dumbbell Raise

Bicep Curls

Day 3: Legs and abs

- Squats

- Deadlift



Day 5: Back and Triceps


-Rows (several variations)

-Tricep extensions (cable and dumbbell)

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt’s physique has been worshiped for years, but I’ve decided to research and display his workout techniques for the movie Troy. Pitt may have worked harder to get his body in shape for Troy than for any other film. He supposedly trained for a full year in order to portray the ultimate physique of Greek Mythology. Brad’s goal was ultimately to put on thick, athletic looking muscle while staying quite lean. As you will see, he isolated muscle groups to illicit muscle gains while using some compound movements to stay lean.


Bench Press 5 sets 6-10 reps

Incline Dumbbell Press 5 sets 6-10 reps

Chest Flies 4 sets 8-12 reps

Dips 4 sets to failure

Dumbbell Pullovers 5 sets 8-12 reps


Wide-grip Pull ups 5 sets to failure

Dumbbell rows 5 sets 6-10 reps

Sailor Rows 5 sets 6-10 reps

Deadlights 5 sets 10-15 reps


Squats 5 sets 8-10 reps

Leg Press 5 sets 8-12 reps

Weighted Lunges 8-12 reps


Barbell presses 6 sets 6-10 reps
Lateral raises 6 sets 6-10 reps
Rear-deltoid lateral raises - 5 sets, 6-10 reps
Cable lateral raises 5 sets 10-12 reps


Close-grip bench press 6 sets 8-12 reps

Skull Crushers 6 sets 8-12 reps

Overhead dumbbell tricep extension 6 8-12 reps
Cable lateral raises 5 sets 10-12 reps

Rear-deltoid lateral raises 5 sets 6-10 reps


Leg raises 5 sets to failure

Sit-ups 5 sets to failure

Crunches 5 sets to failure

Hugh Jackman

Voted People Magazine’s World’s Sexiest Man 2008, Hugh Jackman definitely has an impressive physique, one that has been envied for years. His prowess in the gym might be reason for this; says he can bench 315 lbs and leg press 1000 lbs. Jackman is known for his broad, firm chest, rippling arms and lean abs. His roles in Australia and the X-men series (especially X-Men Origins) particularly showed off his body with numerous shirtless scenes and even a brief nude shot as the newly metal-endowed Wolverine. Strength is obviously not his only attribute though, as his popping abs suggest that he’s probably not over 6 or 7 percent body fat. Here’s a peek at his routine:

Day 1 Chest:

Dumbbell Press 4 sets x 12, 10, 8, 6 reps (go up in weight as reps decrease)

Bench Press 4 sets x 15, 12, 10, 8 reps

Cable Chest Flies 4 sets x 15, 12, 10, 8 reps

Day 2 Back:

Pullups x 4 sets to failure

Deadlift 4 sets x 12, 10, 8, 6

Sailor Rows 4 sets x 15, 12, 10, 8 reps

Day 3 Legs:

Leg Extensions 4 sets x 15, 12, 10, 8 reps

Leg Curls 4 sets x 15, 12, 10, 8 reps

Leg press 4 sets x 15, 12, 10, 8 reps

Day 4: Shoulders

Lateral Raise 4 sets x 12, 10, 8, 6 reps

Rear Deltoid Raise x 12, 10, 8, 6 reps

Military Press 4 sets x 12, 10, 8, 6 reps

Day 5: Arms

Dumbbell Bicep Curl 4 sets x 12, 10, 8, 6 reps

Barbell Bicep Curl 4 sets x 12, 10, 8, 6 reps

Preacher Curl 4 sets x 12, 10, 8, 6 reps

Overhead dumbbell Tricep Extension 4 sets x 12, 10, 8, 6 reps

Skull Crushers 4 sets x 15, 12, 10, 8 reps

Tricep Cable Extension 4 sets x 15, 12, 10, 8 reps


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    • Crewman6 profile image

      Crewman6 5 years ago

      That's cool- Statham inspires me, because he's not some young buck teeming with hormones; he's been around the block a few times, and still looks like he's ready to put on a cape and fly away.

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      Jesse Claffee 5 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      JakeFrost- thank you. Yeah there's definitely some good tips to glean from most celebrity workouts (if they're the genuine routines).

      Crewman6- thank you. I did put in some hours on the research, you can be reassured that it it accurate information. Funny you should ask about Statham; I'm actually planning on covering him, Mark Whalburg and one more I have yet to decide on.

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      Crewman6 5 years ago

      Great research, and well written. I always wondered about Jackman's workout. If you're going to do more high-profile research, may I request Jason Statham?

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      Jake Frost 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Some good coverage here, I shall be paying more attention now. I'm sure I should probably try it out too...