“We competed,” Lutz says. “I ate 16 eggs every morning. I got up to 220 pounds of solid muscle. We’d work out every day. Shooting one scene could take all dayand when that’s just driving a Humvee at five miles an hour, we had energy to burn. We were doing push-ups on top of the Humvees. We were throwing wheels and rocks. We were timing each other, betting who can do the most push-ups, just to keep our sanity. We did these [UFC fighter] Bas Rutten tapes, where it’s like, ‘OK, shadowbox! Defense! Shadowbox! Drop to the ground!’ Within 30 minutes, you’re dripping. And it’s Africa. So it’s hot as balls out there. We pushed each other to be the best we could be.”
When the cast and crew returned Stateside after filming wrapped, Lutz and McDonald kept training.
“He’s always been seriously fit and capable,” McDonald says of his famous client, “but he’d been doing a lot of standardized things in terms of his workout. He needed to work on tying his body together as one piece.” Lutz credits McDonald’s “tie it up” method with enabling him to work through fitness plateaus and achieve noticeable results. “Rich told me, ‘Kellan, if you want to build up your top, you gotta work your legs, too.’”
But Lutz had another challenge for his friend and trainer: “I hate routine,” admits the actor, who claims he’s up for any kind of sportas long as it’s extreme. “I’m an action junkie at heart,” says Lutz. “I love pushing myself to the limit. I don’t really have fears as far as heights, skydiving, or bungee jumping. I’m very strong. That’s why I love football, playing safety. I can hit someone really, really hard. I’m a tough guy and I’m down to get dirty.”
So when it comes to a regular workout regimen, the actor threw down the gauntlet. “He told me, ‘Never the same thing twice!’” laughs McDonald. “He said, ‘Shock me every single time,’ which is great, because at his level, his body needs to be shocked frequently in order to maintain the great results full time.
Nutrition, of course, plays a key role. “Eat the rainbow,” McDonald instructs, referring to richly colored and leafy vegetables that come in dark hues of red, yellow and green. Plus, down a gallon of water every day. And include plenty of healthy proteineggs, tofu, lean meatsall of which help to maintain lean muscle mass.