Just watched I am Legend. It is a movie about the last man alive in a city overrun with mutants. Let’s not talk about the movie for now. Will Smith’s workout is the one I want to write about this time. Ever since the movie of Independence Day, I realized that Will Smith has changed much on his body shape. From the show of Ali to iRobot and the recent I Am Legend, I have to admire his effort in getting in shape.
Below are some of the information I summarized from different sources in the Net about his workout approaches.
Will Smith in Ali (2001)
In order to gain body shape like Mohammed Ali, Will Smith trained 6 hours a day and 5 days a week. Will did weight lifting and boxing. He even ran in combat boots through snow outdoor. The result, he managed to increase his weight from 185 pounds to a muscular 220 pounds.
Will Smith in iRobot (2004)
After the Ali movie, Will Smith lost much muscle. To regain his fitness level for his role in iRobot, he trained again. That time, his personal trainer was Darrel Foster.
He worked out 5 days a week with 1 to 2 body parts in each session. He also ran 5 miles a day and he boxed twice a week. As for his diet, he took high protein and carbohydrate diet to repair his muscles. Junk food was totally out.
After 3 months, Smith’s bench press increased to 385 pounds, 35 pounds more than he did during his time in Ali movie. With his metabolic rate cranked up from the extra muscles, he slowly reduced his food intake to burn fat, but not eliminating carbs. His body still needed carbs to fuel his workout routine. At the end of six months, Smith’s body fat went down from 12 to 7.5 percentage.
Will Smith in I am Legend (2007)
Will Smith dropped twenty pounds for the film. He was about 205 to 210 pounds for some years. So, after losing weight this time, he is about 185 to 190 pounds.
Surprisingly, during an interview, he said that, “I have a much easier time losing weight than putting weight on. Ali was fifty times harder trying to put weight on than to drop.”
Though Will Smith has lost weight in the movie I am Legend, he looks better than ever, with shirt or shirtless. To be honest, I prefer toned type of body shape, and not big bulky type. Will has an ideal proportions. He is 39 years old (born in 1968), but he looks much fitter than many who are 10 years or even 20 years younger than him.
While celebrities like Ryan Reynolds, Jessical Biel or Will Smith can afford to have personal trainers to watch their diet and train them up, laymen like us should still be motivated to stay fit and healthy. Too often I have heard people saying that, “Come on, they are celebrities, don’t ever dream to train like them and never hope to stay in shape like them!” I do not deny that it is indeed hard or almost impossible for us to be in perfect shape. However, one should still look up at them. Even if we do not get 6 packs or 6% body fat, at the end of the day, as long as we work out consistently for a period of time, we still be few steps closer to our fitness goals.
Three steps closer to our goals is always better than we do nothing.
We learn. We grow. And we have fun. Don’t you agree?
So, next time, if your pal laughs at your new year resolution to go to gym, come back here to MunFitnessBlog.com and click on the Motivation category. Read the posts here and look at the pictures of those celebrities. I am sure you will be fired up to hit the iron harder next time!
Last but not least, Happy New Year 2008 to all my beloved readers. Mun wish you all having a smashing great year ahead!
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