MF Guy: Cam Gigandet
The rising star explains how his home gym boosted his fitness level—and his confidence
Weight: 160 lbs
Body of Work: Priest, Pandorum, Never Back Down
If you're an up-and-coming actor like Cam Gigandet, hitting the gym is part of your job description. The 28-year-old rising star has already proved he can act, but he says it was his work in the gym that really helped him move up the ladder from supporting roles to a leading part in the new big-budget thriller Priest.
“It’s like Mad Max meets Dracula,” he says of his part as a sheriff in a post apocalyptic wasteland full of vampires. While Gigandet trains relentlessly, don’t look for him heading to your local weight room anytime soon.
“When I work out in a gym, I end up taking two or three minutes between sets—and I get bored,” he says. Knowing his big weakness, Gigandet decided to build his own gym in a spare bedroom of his house. “I’ve got a bench, a set of dumbbells, a whole bunch of kettlebells, and a chinup bar,” he says. Those basics, plus a stationary bike that he rides daily, are pretty much all he needs, he says.
While filming, Gigandet tries to train as often as possible. “It’s rare that we’ll work five days a week, so I can usually maintain some sort of routine,” he says, “and there’s always a gym in the hotel.” Once a project has wrapped, Gigandet prefers to disappear into his home gym for two to three hours at a time, four to five days a week—long enough for him to train two body parts and get in 45 to 60 minutes of cardio. “It gets pretty exhausting, but it’s my job right now. Sometimes I’ll miss a day if I have a whole bunch of shit going on, but you kind of have to keep moving, keep working.”
Although he knows the value of a good trainer, Gigandet opts to go it alone. “Most of the time, I just do my own thing,” he says. Lately, his primary goal has been to gain weight, so he’s keeping his reps low while training each body part twice each week. As for diet, even though he’s looking to build muscle, Gigandet prefers not to load up the calories simply for the sake of “bulking” up. “If I try something gross just to put on weight, I’m more likely to fall off the wagon,” he says. “I’m trying to have some sort of balance.”
So far, all of his hard work under the bar is definitely paying off. “I really like working out,” he says. “It’s fun to see what you can do to make yourself look good. And it’s nice to know you’ll be healthier and feel more confident at the same time.”
● Gigandet usually trains two body parts per day, pairing certain movements together to create supersets. To replicate his program yourself, perform all the listed reps for the first exercise (A) and then immediately do all the reps for the second exercise (B) before resting as needed.
TIME: 45 minutes
1A) DB FLY
1B) INCLINE DB PRESS
2B) RESISTANCE BAND CROSSOVER
DB OVERHEAD PRESS
1A) LATERAL RAISE
1B) FRONT RAISE