Exclusive First Look: Josh Hutcherson’s Catching Fire Workout
Maybe you could give two craps about the Hunger Games trilogy, but this you can respect: The 19-year-old who plays Peeta Mellark prepped for round two with a fast-track fitness plan from one of Hollywood’s star trainers.
The Nutrition Plan
Once Hutcherson enters The Hunger Games arena as Peeta, he’ll need to fight and forage for every scrap of sustenance. It’s ironic, then, that he spent his summer having his meals come to him via Zen Foods, which delivers five calorie-controlled, well-balanced meals and snacks to Strom's clients each morning.
A sample day, according to the Zen Foods site, might look like this:
- Breakfast: Greek-style Quiche with Orange Slices
- Lunch: Chicken Burger with BBQ Sauce and Grilled Pineapple
- Afternoon Snack: Caprese Salad(Mozzarella Cheese & Tomato) with Balsamic
- Dinner: Filet Mignon with Creamy Butternut Squash & Asparagus
- Desert: Chocolate Cheesecake
In addition, Strom recommends that his clients have a protein shake before bed. (His pro tip: Use Pure Isolated Whey Protein from Species Nutrition, which he says has the least amount of fillers—or “that crap you don’t need.”)
“Nutrition is 99 percent of it,” says Strom. “I can kick the crap out of you in the gym, but if you leave here and have a pastrami sandwich, you’re not going to get the fast results you’re looking for.”
Now Hutcherson did get those results—a fit, proportioned, athletic physique with the core and stabilizer strength needed to film a physically demanding film— but Strom won't take too much of the credit.
“It’s clear why [Hutcherson] has come along so far at just 19,” says Strom. “He’s really dedicated and focused."
"Josh puts in 100 percent in his career," he adds. "And 100 percent at the gym, too.”