Jamie Foxx is one of few movie stars who’s also a great actor. (Think about it.) Whether he’s playing a rhythm-and-blues legend (Ray), an ex-slave out for revenge (Django Unchained), or the president of the United States (White House Down), Foxx has a way of dissolving into character.

Such versatility requires intensive physical control, in addition to decent acting chops. His dynamic physique is as much a part of his transformative ability as his acting, and his workouts lay a foundation on which he can build any character he takes on.

How it works

Foxx’s workout is divided into mini circuits that keep it moving quickly, allowing him to hit multiple muscle groups in a short period and raise his heart rate to accelerate fat burning. Although Foxx always sports ripped abs and thick arms, he does surprisingly little direct training for them. His workouts integrate core stability into every movement to enhance his functionality. With such a solid starting point, he can quickly add whatever muscle, flexibility, or definition a part requires. 

Jack Manson is Jamie Foxx’s personal trainer and the owner of Jack Built Performance, LLC, in Los Angeles.


The exercises are divided into groups of three or four. Perform a set of the A, B, and C exercises (there’s also one D move) in sequence before resting. Repeat until you’ve done all the sets for that group— then move on to the next group.

Note: Foxx's versions of these exercises are pretty specific, so be sure to refer to the instructions when necessary.