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Why Do Celebs Claim they Train for Hours a Day?

i find it very strange reading online mainly from media articles about how celebs train or trained for hours everyday, sometimes as many as 4-6, maybe this is a denial method to stop people thinking there on steroids. this is not just limited to celebs but other gym goers online.

if you cheated a exam at school and got 100 percent to everyones shock, your gonna say you studied for hours and hours until the early hours of the morning right?

A article says ryan reynolds and will smith trained for 3 hours and six hours a day respectivley. it isnt just celebrities ive heard people say it on forums that they train for hours and hours but ive never really seen anyone do it ( i work in a gym btw )

ive trained with a top british pro in his gym and a few amauters and no one really trains for much over an hour…just wondering does anyone here actaully train for over 2.5 hours on a regular basis just sound like bs too me, but i may be wrong.

my acutal point is that it is a very bad message to newbies and especially teenagers who may think they have to train for hours and end up completley ruined, exhausted, injured, not to mention coritsol levels limiting gains. Perhaps thats there own fault for being naive but you see my point.

Well it is reasonable to believe that those times are

  1. includes warm ups/cool downs/cardio/stretching/wts/maybe even massages?
  2. you have a lot a motivation when you know millions are going to see you shirtless, and the better you look shirtless the better your earning potential could be.
  3. this is what they do for a living. If you didn’t have a regular job to go to or school and you could afford a nanny, don’t you think you’d have more time to train?
  4. hamburgers

i see your points but not anywhere near the lengths of times that have been claimed…alot of these are pure muscle growth stories from very lean actors so not sure how much cardio was done.

surely massaging dosent count towards training time as thats a recovery tool, you might be right about stretching being included, personally i dont think it should count as training time as its again a recovery method but that another topic.

tbh i wouldnt spend much more time in the gym if i had the time, and i know many people who have achieved great transformations in short time frame with 1 hours sessions not so called 3+, i had 6 weeks off work last year ( with no real other commitments ) and my training time was probably the same as im never really in a rush. but i did spend more time in the pool and sauna and stretching off, and chatting afterwards, but actual training time was the same give or take a few minutes.

would your really train for 4,5,6 hours tho?

i know for a fact 2 ifbb pros dont.

hmmm hamburgers with a load of ketchup

if somebody was paying me a million dollars to appear in a movie where I was shirtless, damn right I’m going to be training+related activities ALL DAY for 6 months before filming starts

[quote]caveman101 wrote:
if somebody was paying me a million dollars to appear in a movie where I was shirtless, damn right I’m going to be training+related activities ALL DAY for 6 months before filming starts[/quote]

But… But… if you are able to train for more than 4 hours a week you aren’t training hard enough!!!111

Overtraining! Cortisol!

I hear these stories to but you have to consider the roles these actors are going for before you call bs.

Ryan Reynolds was training for Blade and Will Smith for ALI so you can safely assume their training included resistance work, cardio sessions, fight training, flexibility (yoga/Pilates/whatever) choreography (practicing falls, sword skills, getting hit etc.), which in real time would equate to at least 3-4 hours maybe even more broken up into different sessions throughout the day. All of this would be considered training’ whereas most of us would simply be weight training

If the role required a certain look and your body wasnt responding then probably some drug use with ‘some’ and sure why not if there was a huge pay cheque coming your way…

[quote]SLAINGE wrote:
Ryan Reynolds was training for Blade and Will Smith for ALI so you can safely assume their training included resistance work, cardio sessions, fight training, flexibility (yoga/Pilates/whatever) choreography (practicing falls, sword skills, getting hit etc.), which in real time would equate to at least 3-4 hours maybe even more broken up into different sessions throughout the day. All of this would be considered training’ whereas most of us would simply be weight training
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Also keep in mind that for ‘normal’ folks, anything more than 30 mins in the gym seems like a huge time commitment. Add in the fact that celebrities like to exaggerate how much effort they put into their craft (Tom Cruise claimed he put on 25 lbs of muscle just in his forearms from sword training for the Last Samurai… y’okay Tom! -lol)

Top athletes will train multiple sessions per day, an hour or more each time. If your only job is to make muscular progress, and your hourly concern is what you can be doing, in terms of training, rest, and nutrition, in order to achieve the best results, then I’m not surprised at how many hours can be attributed to “training”.

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They didn’t say 6 hours every day for the rest of their life.

3 - 6 hours every other day is not abnormal. During Training camp NFl players have two and three a days for 2 hours a pop. Some including lifting some not. Summer NBA Draft combine players often go upwards of 8 - 9 hours a day. On an average Saturday, I’ll play for 2-3 hours then lift for an hour, not for anything in particular just because it’s fun. I have way more trouble sitting at work for 8 hours a day.

For Will Smith to go 3 hours a day for 3 - 6 months to prepare for a movie is nothing. I’ve seen people at my gym get on the elliptical and watch a whole yankee game, regularly.

One thing I find funny is in my life is the wealthier areas where people have all day workouts. I think some just find another life in the gym. I also see a group of people that hang out in the sauna and talk for hours. to each his own.

I’m doing Sheiko with 2 other friends and our average sessions last 2-2.5hours. If I were to train on my own it may not take as long. I call BS on them training 3hours a day.

They are definitely rolling up all physical activity into the total time in training like slange said.

I could put my 2 hours of lifting with my 3 hours at wrestling practice and claim 5 hours of training.

Its all about thinking between the lines really.

If I say I have class all day…its for sure more than one class.

I could see it happening, but I don’t think they’re put on the same level as NFL players and pro level athletes in general. It’s entirely possible to train 6 hours a day, every day. 1.5hrs weight training, 1 hour cardio, recovery work, more weight training. It ads up. Considering it’s their life, I wouldn’t say they DON’T train that much, but I’d be skeptical of anyone who says they train that much if they’re not an athlete.

Gotta take these things with a grain of salt, because most people go, “Will Smith trains 6 hour a day? That’s awesome, he must be jacked,” but very few people go, “Will Smith trains 6 hours a day? There’s no way he has the work capacity for that type of training regimen.”

Besides, it’s their life. Who’s to say that haven’t been working with hollywood trainers and athletic specialists to get their body into prime athletic condition, which enables them to work out for 6 hours every day? Point is, no one fucking knows. They’re probably exaggerating though.

Op, you appear to be confused.
When they say they trained for that long, that means everything. Whatever skills they needed for the film, firearms training, horseback riding, gymnastics, strength training, conditioning, you name it.
It’s not just lifting weights for 3 or 6 hours a day. Use your head.

serious? I take it these people don’t look like they lift

Remember they don’t have regular working hours like most of us.

Can I get mine with cheese and a fried egg on top?

[quote]steaders88 wrote:
hmmm hamburgers with a load of ketchup
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[quote]steaders88 wrote:
i find it very strange reading online mainly from media articles about how celebs train or trained for hours everyday, sometimes as many as 4-6, maybe this is a denial method to stop people thinking there on steroids. this is not just limited to celebs but other gym goers online.

if you cheated a exam at school and got 100 percent to everyones shock, your gonna say you studied for hours and hours until the early hours of the morning right?

A article says ryan reynolds and will smith trained for 3 hours and six hours a day respectivley. it isnt just celebrities ive heard people say it on forums that they train for hours and hours but ive never really seen anyone do it ( i work in a gym btw )

ive trained with a top british pro in his gym and a few amauters and no one really trains for much over an hour…just wondering does anyone here actaully train for over 2.5 hours on a regular basis just sound like bs too me, but i may be wrong.

my acutal point is that it is a very bad message to newbies and especially teenagers who may think they have to train for hours and end up completley ruined, exhausted, injured, not to mention coritsol levels limiting gains. Perhaps thats there own fault for being naive but you see my point.
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I don’t see why you don’t believe them. If I have 10 weeks to prepare for a big physical role, and essentially nothing else in the world to do and unlimited money to throw at a problem, then you can bet your ass I’m hiring a personal trainer and a personal chef/dietician and doing whatever they tell me to do, however many hours a day they tell me to do it.

It’s not like normal people who have to work 45-60+ hours a week saying they also train 6 hours a day. Training is your life, because the role is your life.

And yes, I am currently training about 2.5-3 hours a day, in 2-3 separate sessions. And yes, back when I was doing straight powerlifting training, I would routinely be in the gym for 2 hours or more at a time.

People get completely ruined, exhausted, and injured because of the stupid shit they do when they train, and the stupid shit they DON’T WANT TO DO when eating and supplementing (legally), not necessarily because they train for 2 hours at a time. Cortisol limiting gains is essentially overrated BS. At least at the “intensity” that most normal people train at, lol. Pros, high level athletes, maybe not. But weekend warriors? I lol at the cortisol excuse.

A lot of high school, college athletes have weights 5 days a week for at least 1 hour, then train for a good 2 hours in practice in the afternoon. That’s 3 hours a day.

[quote]SLAINGE wrote:
I hear these stories to but you have to consider the roles these actors are going for before you call bs.

Ryan Reynolds was training for Blade and Will Smith for ALI so you can safely assume their training included resistance work, cardio sessions, fight training, flexibility (yoga/Pilates/whatever) choreography (practicing falls, sword skills, getting hit etc.), which in real time would equate to at least 3-4 hours maybe even more broken up into different sessions throughout the day. All of this would be considered training’ whereas most of us would simply be weight training
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Yes. But also keep in mind that the OP did not differentiate between training methods. He just said “training” as if it was all equally unbelievable.

On a related but different side, I consider hard boxing, MMA, or other related skills (like field work for athletes) as much a drain as a weight session. That shit is hard.