If you are an avid fan of action movie, you probably know that “Ninja Assassin” movie has hit the cinemas worldwide on the last week of November 2009. It features one of the most famous heart-throbs in Asia, Rain. Rain is also known as Bi in Korea and his full name is Jeong “Rain” Ji-hoon. Many of my friends have mentioned about his ripped body shape in Ninja Assassin, so, today let’s look at how Rain has built and transformed his body for his role in Ninja Assassin.
Rain’s Workout Approach
Before taking up the role, Rain looked more like a fashion model. For his 6 feet height (184 180 cm), he is definitely considered tall among Asians. So, to build a hero look alike of body shape, Rain has hired trainers who trained the actors in “300” movie. Remember the Spartans who want to dine in hell?
In summary, here are how 300 folks were trained:
- 25 pull-ups
- 50 deadlifts at 135 pounds
- 50 push-ups
- 50 box jumps with a 24-inch box
- 50 “floor wipers” (a core and shoulders exercise at 135 pounds)
- 50 “clean and press” at 36 pounds kettle bell (a weight-lifting exercise)
- 25 more pull-ups
To find out more about the workout routine in 300 movie, check out my article on How To Build 300 Warrior’s Body with Gym Workout?
Video below will give you a glimpse on what Rain has done in his workout. I do not think the intensity level was as hard as the cast in 300. After all, his ninja role is slightly different than those muscular Spartans. Ninja had to be agile because he had to jump a lot and he had to fight with style.
Sparring with trainer
In the video above, you may realize Rain used much his body weight in the compound workout. Kettlebell workout is a must too.
You may think he must have enjoyed to get paid for the training. Not really. He trained about 8 hours a day for 8 months to build up his body for the action thriller in which he played the deadly killer. He has so much to complain, not only about his workout routine, but also his diet plan.
He forewent his rice and ate only skinless chicken breast, raw fish, potatoes and salad. He prepared the meal himself during off days. If he wanted spice, he would add some black pepper. Once in a while, he got to eat beef cooked in plain boiling water which he would have appreciated it very much as if he has won a lottery.
After the transformation, he has reduced his body fat from 12% to 5%.
Rain posing shirtless for his own clothing line (six to five) in year 2005
With lighting effect and much computer touch up, he appeared to have 6-packs in his album cover of “Rain’s World” released in year 2006.
Rain in year 2008 to Rain in year 2009 (above from left to right)
Working out for the role in Ninja Assassin
Showing off his rock solid wash board abs in year 2009.
Can Rains maintain his 5% body fat after the movie? I doubt so. In an interview, Rain has confessed that he would definitely spoil himself with junk food like burgers, pizza, french fries and soft drink right after the shooting ended. In fact, he hates workouts. Unless Ninja Assassin is a box office hit (which Rain will have to back to the gym for the training), otherwise, he will be back to square one.
Let’s wait and see.
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