Scottish actor Gerard Butler was a trained lawyer before finally deciding to use his good looks and talent to become an actor. Starting his career in the late 1990s, he’s had his first main role in Dracula 2000 (2000) and later came to attention for his starring roles in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Timeline, and The Phantom of the Opera. It was, however, in 300 (2007) that he came to international prominence. He’s also starred in romantic comedy and drama such as in The Ugly Truth and P.S. I Love You. He continued his leading man status with his lead performances in Machine Gun Preacher and Olympus Has Fallen.
Standing at 6’2, Gerard is notably lean and strong with his chiseled-looking body, which was made more prominent for his portrayal of King Leonidas in 300, which cemented his fame as a lead actor in Hollywood. For his aforementioned role, Gerard trained for four months, 5-6 days per week, to achieve the body of a king and a warrior. His training focused on olympic lifts, functional training, and metabolic body movements. For this program, he trained with personal trainer Mark Twight. His routine varied daily. For instance, on Mondays he’d do squats, box step-up, frog hops, bear crawl, and turkish get-ups.
Tuesdays, on the other hand, would involve him doing push presses and burpee pull-ups alternately. For his notable abs, Gerard underwent lots of abs exercises such as doing 60 sit-ups, 60 v-ups, and 60 reverse crunches. Because of the laborious nature of this routine, Gerard’s psychological aspect was challenged as well. Most often, the actor would feel nauseous after every rigorous training, so the mental aspect of the entire training was as important as the physical. His trainer said: “When there are psychological changes, the physical changes will fall into place. If you can teach someone’s mind to be strong, then it is easy to teach the body to be strong.”