Maybe the women they date, the vacations they take, and the lives they live are a bit out of reach. As for their toned bodies and admirable abs? We’ve got a cheat sheet for that. Looking for the secret to celebrity conditioning?
Check out how these actors got it done and you could get the six-pack you've been looking for.
Perhaps there was some film manipulation in 300, but that doesn’t completely discount Fassbender’s body. In addition to running and cycling, the 12 Years a Slave actor jumps rope and boxes but admits he’s not a huge fan of the gym. He’d rather use his own body weight than employ other weights.
The Best-Actor Oscar nominee had a gut in American Hustle and a rail-thin frame in The Machinist. But Bale knows how to strike the perfect balance. When it came time for his Batman role, he buffed up, eating meals every 2 to 3 hours and putting on 80 pounds. With martial arts, plyometric circuit training, and tons of sprints, lunges, squats (his routine to get fit as Bruce Wayne), Bale could bounce back to a hard body.
McConaughey was skinny in Dallas Buyers Club, for which he’s nominated as Best Actor. But for the flick Magic Mike, the southern charmer lost his shirt (not the first time, unspurprisingly). McConaughey hit the gym hard, focusing on cardio and strength circuits. Sample circuit: (3 sets, 30 seconds per exercise) twisting planks, crunches, reverse crunches, walking plants, abdominal twists, and mountain climbers.
The Wolf of Wall Street star has a pretty solid throwback workout, taking us all the way back to The Beach (2000). DiCaprio's high-cardio routine: backward and lateral runs, water aerobics (24-60 minutes of cardio), press ups, crunches, and 30 minutes of stretching, totaling 28 hours of exercise per week.
Hustling at the gym and on the big screen, the American Hustle star fills up on grilled or broiled chicken, green vegetables, and granola to keep his body in top shape. And don’t be fooled by The Hangover: Cooper's cut alcohol from his diet. He boxes, hikes, and does planks and jumping lunges to stay in shape, per his trainer Ashley Conrad.
If married to Blake Lively wasn't enviable enough... Reynolds keeps his washboard abs strong with Swiss ball crunches (15-20 reps), decline bench situps (15-20 reps), and decline bench body bar twists (15-20 reps), among other core training moves. When he's not lifting, Reynolds uses a Bosu balance trainer, and does yoga and kickboxing to stay in shape.
Whether playing a vampire or Tarzan (even if it is animated), the North Dakota dude uses reverse crunches (20 reps) and V-ups (20 reps) to keep his core tight. He mixes in 12 reps of pushups, bench presses, squats, and dumbbell lunges to keep the rest of his body super-toned.
If your girlfriend swoons over this guy, we aren't surprised. In preparation for his shirtless scene in Crazy Stupid Love, Ryan completed leg strike bridges, crunch and punches, and scissors to get his "photoshopped" abs, as Emma Stone put it. On the side, the Notebook star was utilizing old-school Muay Thai strength and conditioning with exercises like chin-ups (three sets of 20 reps).