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Re: Bronson workout, for lack of a better term

#16 Postby itsjustrobbieok » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:24 pm

cactusfarm wrote:Now, my question is more about the idea behind his trainer's method than what exactly led to his impressive gains. Any thoughts on that folks?


Its rubbish. Stick to the tried and tested idea of lifting big weights using compound exercises.
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Re: Bronson workout, for lack of a better term

#17 Postby Tarzan » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:32 pm

For some reason they are preaching a lot of bodyweight exercise, probably to seem more authentic? The truth is that bulking for film work is pretty standard, lots of shoulder and arm work. There had to be a lot of added neck and forearm work however since Bronson is well known for those features. Tom Hardy did NOT do 2500 pushups a day for this, that would be stupid.

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Re: Bronson workout, for lack of a better term

#18 Postby cactusfarm » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:35 pm

BUT WHY WOULD THEY LIE TO ME???

Haha, yeah you guys make a good point. I don't have time to do it that way anyway, it's just a different outlook so I was wondering what others thought. Do you have your routine up somewhere, Tarzan? you look massive! Keep up the good work both of you!

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Re: Bronson workout, for lack of a better term

#19 Postby Tarzan » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:37 pm

I just posted my first training log.

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#20 Postby Tarzan » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:38 pm

cactusfarm wrote:BUT WHY WOULD THEY LIE TO ME???

Dude, money.

Every time a film comes out with jacked looking actors they will come up with some fad exercise regime they used, sell a lot of magazine interviews etc. It is big money.

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Re: Bronson workout, for lack of a better term

#21 Postby cactusfarm » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:18 pm

haha, don't worry Tarzan, that question was in jest.

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#22 Postby itsjustrobbieok » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:24 pm

Just like the suposed workout the 300 actors did...
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#23 Postby XiamthemountainX » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:00 pm

I just completed Solitary Fitness, The real Charles Bronson's bodyweight routine, and to sum it up, it taught me how to isolate body parts better, and conditioned me to doing 110 pushups, 100 situps, 100 star jumps, 100 body weight squats, 60 step ups, 60 burpees, and 60 squat thrusts in an hour. According to his book, now I am supposed to do these 7 moves in sets of 10 until I can complete all 700 in an hour. Then I am supposed to do them faster, and add reps until I'm blasting away tons of reps.

However, at 6'0, 230 pounds, with small hands and wrists, being a barber, and playing drums in two bands, and kickboxing for 2 hours once a week, my left wrist got strained and I will have to pick up this advanced version of Solitary Fitness at another time.

I read Bronson's biography, and in it he explains that he prefers to work out in a gym, but does all of these bodyweight moves when he isn't given permission, so over his life, half the time he's doing weights and machines, and half the time bodyweight moves. His book is specifically designed, first and foremost, for other inmates stuck in Solitary, and everyone else after that.

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Re: Bronson workout, for lack of a better term

#24 Postby Nikeforged » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:27 pm

He used steroids. Not hard to believe. But them hiding the fact doesn't help the perception of gear in any sense. You could see pics of the production pictures for batman as well. His back was huge, and covered in acne.

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Re: Bronson workout, for lack of a better term

#25 Postby Justin Morgan » Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:46 am

Hit Richards, Hershal Walker and "Hanibal for King" are all great examples that you CAN build considerable BodyBuilding muscle using only Calisthenics. I myself have not touched a weight in almost 7 months now. Prior to that I alternated one week on weights, one week on calisthenics, so I disagree entirely that body weight workouts aren't effective (google those guys I mentioned). I may not be the biggest vegan on the forum, but I've seen some great gains.

As for Tom Hardy, nobody would say you couldn't get that physique without the use of steriods, he's just not 'that' big. But the thing is the amount of time he did it in. But if I had to lose weight for some reason over the next few months and get down to a small size I might do something like a juice fast. And then if I needed to get big again really quickly over the next four months I might go up to 10,000 calories a day and yea, I would probably put on 30-40 ibs in the four months, but it wouldn't be all muscle. But looking at Tom, that's not all muscle gain from one photo to the next either. He also looks swollen and like he's retaining some water in the after photo which would be expected. That's one way he might have done it, I don't know and really don't care. He might have used steroids, but just a 40 ib weight gain in four months doesn't mean that's what he did or didn't do. There are too many other factors to just write it off as steroids.
Two weeks ago I had a 10 ib weight gain just because I started pounding rice (w/soy sauce) every night. When I got back to my normal diet my weight went back down in a couple days.

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Re: Bronson workout, for lack of a better term

#26 Postby VeganEssentials » Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:46 pm

Nikeforged wrote:He used steroids. Not hard to believe. But them hiding the fact doesn't help the perception of gear in any sense. You could see pics of the production pictures for batman as well. His back was huge, and covered in acne.

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Yeah, it'll be a fine day when people wake up and realize that, when someone NEEDS to be in the ideal physical form for a film role, steroids are usually what get them there in a hurry. When even Stallone is now open to saying that he's relied on them to get ready for a role, it should be figured that this isn't the exception, rather, it's the norm.

It isn't as if Hollywood is going to say "Well, if it takes him 10 months to put on 20 lbs. naturally, that's fine, we'll just postpone everything until then!" When you have hundreds of people waiting for a set date to begin a major project, they will do ANYTHING to ensure that whoever needs to look the part, looks the part the way they'd like by day one. If that means pumping their lead role with 500mg of testosterone once or twice per week to ensure that he looks the part without wasted time, then that's what's going to happen.

It's business, and business will do whatever it needs to for ensuring that things run on time and without a hitch.
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Re: Bronson workout, for lack of a better term

#27 Postby veggiesasquatch » Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:59 pm

Had the same debate over Chris Hemsworth's muscle gains for Thor. He had a great based to work off of but in 4-5 months he was freaking huge...I don't care how much liver,Chicken & protein shakes he claims to of eaten, It's just impossible unless your dna was bestowed upon you by actual norse gods!
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Re: Bronson workout, for lack of a better term

#28 Postby Justin Morgan » Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:36 pm

My DNA actually did come from norse gods, but unfortunately all that I got was super smelling which doesn't come in handy as much as you might think.....


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