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Christian Bale: How Does He Do It?


If anyone knows anything about Christian Bale’s extreme body transformations for roles that he takes on, you’d know that puts on like 80 lbs. of muscle in like a year!!!

This goes against everything that I’ve researched online and from trainers. So what is he doing to gain that amount of muscle over a short time? Is he lifting twice or more a day or taking roids or what???

I mean look at that!

No just … please no. I can already tell … this belongs in GAL.

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Mudkips.

Short levers
Narrow clavicles
Steroids
Starvation?

I honestly dont think going from 121-190 is that much of a feat. Especially since actors live pretty much the bodybuilder lifestyle.

identical twin

Drugs. Two very different kinds…but drugs.

Paintrain—then you do it :wink:

I believe his trainers, Drs and nutritionists are pretty open on how he prepares for roles. His life has been treatened a few times according to “medical professionals.”

For The Mechanist I remember reading an article where he said he was living off (if you consider it living) no sleep, apples, and protein shakes.

For Batman he ate like a “mad man” lifted several times a day and did a lot with dropset (long time ago, Im winging all of this). I think if someone was paying me xxmillionsxx I would sack it up and do what I had to.

He’s Bat-juiced brah

[quote]Anus Bleach wrote:
identical twin[/quote]

Spoiler alert that next time!

[quote]hipsr4runnin wrote:
Paintrain—then you do it :wink:

I believe his trainers, Drs and nutritionists are pretty open on how he prepares for roles. His life has been treatened a few times according to “medical professionals.”

For The Mechanist I remember reading an article where he said he was living off (if you consider it living) no sleep, apples, and protein shakes.

For Batman he ate like a “mad man” lifted several times a day and did a lot with dropset (long time ago, Im winging all of this). I think if someone was paying me xxmillionsxx I would sack it up and do what I had to. [/quote]

Yeah this…and drugs.

bullshit to the put on more than 100 pounds in six months between the machinist and batman begins text at the very bottom, unless he used some sort of enhancer, a year is plausible since he literally almost starved to death for the role but in six months I have a hard time buying that one…

[quote]waldo21212 wrote:

[quote]Anus Bleach wrote:
identical twin[/quote]

Spoiler alert that next time![/quote]

Lol…x 2.

Man, imagine that were the case…

[quote]Nards wrote:

[quote]hipsr4runnin wrote:
Paintrain—then you do it :wink:

I believe his trainers, Drs and nutritionists are pretty open on how he prepares for roles. His life has been treatened a few times according to “medical professionals.”

For The Mechanist I remember reading an article where he said he was living off (if you consider it living) no sleep, apples, and protein shakes.

For Batman he ate like a “mad man” lifted several times a day and did a lot with dropset (long time ago, Im winging all of this). I think if someone was paying me xxmillionsxx I would sack it up and do what I had to. [/quote]

Yeah this…and drugs.[/quote]

Yeah this… and drugs. Adderal is an amazingly i mean amazingly good appitite and sleep suprecent, its legal and extremely easy to get and take. also Its so easy to go from 130-200 lbs its not even funny. I think someone else pointed this out

Lastly, dedication and money :slight_smile:

Drugs, lots of them. He takes nice care of himself though, great hair and skin.

If the stats in the OP are accurate, he went from 121 lbs in The Machinist to 190 in Batman Begins. Most of that weight gain would have been his body returning to homeostasis (and the rebound effect would be phemonenal).

Muscle memory would have played a part here too, as Bale had bulked up for previous roles. I’d estimate that Bale was sitting at between 15 to 20lbs above his untrained bodyweight in Reign of Fire, so in reality he didn’t gain anywhere near 70 Ibs of ‘fresh’ muscle.

As for weight loss, he wasn’t concerned with muscle preservation, so it was a straight forward starvation diet. Michael Fassbender did something similar in Hunger and his diet resembled a harsher version of Lyle’s McDonald’s Rapid Fat Loss (so basically a PSMF).

This is all perfectly possible without drugs (drugs may have been involved, but I can’t see that happening unless Bale was having problems meeting his deadline).

[quote]want2getlean wrote:
Drugs, lots of them. He takes nice care of himself though, great hair and skin.[/quote]

He certainly does. It is my understanding that he uses an herb-mint facial mask, as well as a honey-almond body scrub.

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You guys should also take into account the release dates of the movies are not necessarily the file dates of the movies. Just cause a movie is released on July 2009 it could have been filmed 2 years prior. Studios love to hold on to movies and release them when the time is right. So really you have to wonder if there is a bit of that going on where is films are concerned. Also he would not correct anyone …you are talking about him right? It increases fame and publicity.

just my 2 cents