There is more than one way to make a VILLAIN, right? Give him SCARS, a British accent? Well according to Michael B. Jordan’s trainer, Corey Calliet, there’s another way to give someone a villainous look: Have him “get massive.” And looking at the BLOCKBUSTER ‘Black Panther’ we saw Michael B. Jordan TRANSFORMED from a lean and cut SMILING kid to the BULKED UP menacing Eric Killmonger! So how did they DO IT!?
He quit doing what he did for ‘Creed’
Back when Calliet trained Jordan to play Apollo Creed’s son for the Rocky spinoff, he had the actor focus on getting “lean, lean, lean.” Jordan was running and boxing and getting cut in the process.
With new goals on Black Panther — namely, “getting big” — the actor’s routine switched to interval sprints and weightlifting.
He bench-pressed upward of 300 pounds
If Calliet had to simplify Jordan’s Black Panther weight training into three movements, it would be curls, squats and bench presses.
“He bench-pressed 315 pounds, twice,” Calliet says. “That’s a lot!”
He was eating ‘from sun up to sun down’
Calliet, who also serves as the actor’s nutritionist, had Jordan eating six meals a day.
“He’s eating from sun up to sun down, and his metabolism is speeding up so much, so he had to eat, eat, eat. He needed energy, because this is an action movie,” Calliet says.
What was he eating, exactly? “Potatoes, chicken, eggs, bacon. It was a mass-gaining diet.” Yes, sometimes Jordan would sneak sweets and “had to deal with me, and that’s not a good thing.”
And the training continues
Jordan trained for Black Panther for four months before filming got underway. During the shoot, he worked out five times a week, once or twice a day (depending on his shooting schedule). “He was only in the gym two hours max per day,” Calliet says.
But, no, Jordan isn’t skimping on the gym now that Black Panther is in theaters. In fact, Calliet has the movie star back on the high-cardio Creed fitness plan: Creed 2 is out Nov. 21.