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Thread: Robert Downey Jr. Gained 20 Pounds of Muscle for 'Iron Man 2'

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    Default Robert Downey Jr. Gained 20 Pounds of Muscle for 'Iron Man 2'

    (Umm, I think it's called crossfit or maybe the '300' workout, lol)

    US Magazine: Robert Downey Jr. Gained 20 Pounds of Muscle for 'Iron Man 2'

    Robert Downey Jr. packed on 20 pounds of muscle to reprise his role in "Iron Man 2."
    "When we did 'Iron Man 1,' we had five months before the shoot to get ready, so we used more traditional, heavy-weight training," his trainer, Brad Bose, tells UsMagazine.com. This time around, the actor, 45, had just wrapped "Sherlock Holmes," and was down to 151 pounds when shooting on the action flick (out May 7) began.

    "After [the first routine], Robert felt kind of bored with it and wanted to something a little more exciting... so we decided to do what I call a Rocky IV meets high-tech training," says Bose, who bulked Downey Jr. up to 175 pounds over the first three to four weeks filming.
    Examples: "Instead of doing regular bench presses, we used a bamboo bar... and we would hang plates on rubber bands off the bar... so it was like trying to bench press a snake!" Bose explains. "It bounced all over the place."

    Downey Jr. also pushed "a custom-built wheelbarrow that we modified with 600 to 700 lb. weight stacks" around an obstacle course.

    "We went out and bought truck tires, and we used sledgehammers -- anywhere from, two 4-lb. sledgehammers in each hand, all the way up to a full 20-lb. sledgehammer -- and we were just beating tires with it. We used fire hoses that we filled with sand and water... and we'd drag and whip them to build the shoulder muscles and pecs back up."
    They also juggled "weighted Indian clubs," hulled around kettle bells and even used a war machine, which Boyes explains is "like a rope with handles on it with a pulley -- you suspend yourself from it," says Bose.
    "We tried to find the most unique, and yet funnily enough, inexpensive training stuff to use," he says. "You couldn't find more practical stuff to use."

    The two would meet around 9:30 in the morning and work out for an hour-and-a-half at least three days a week. Downey Jr. also trained in kung fu two to three days a week with Eric Oram.

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    meh. i thought he looked perfect in sherlock holmes. i know he had to do it for the role but i prefer him less buff. he's not very tall so he looks better when he's leaner.
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    I want to be RDJ's personal trainer...

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    I love him, and I'm glad he got his shit together.
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    I looked into doing a Crossfit bootcamp but it filled up before I could make up my mind.

    It's tough but effective.

    I do some of their exercises from their website at my own gym.

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    I love how he's been looking lately. Very sexy.
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    I just saw Ironman 2 - I could not find the 20lbs.
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    i did lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrincessJo291 View Post
    i did lol.
    I totally watched this movie for the plot

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    He's never looked hotter. Age agrees with him.
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    I'm not really buying into this story.

    First, the Tony Stark character doesn't need to be a muscular guy at all. The whole point of his magic, hi-tech suit is that it enables him to be physically powerful and do all this other stuff (flying, shooting missiles, etc.)

    Second, I just saw this movie. If Downey has put on 25 pounds of muscle, he must have been built like Agyness Deyn before, because he did not look especially muscular in most of the scenes, regardless of what the promotional photo shows.

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    And I'm not into muscles, but boy is he delicious
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhateverLolaWants View Post
    And I'm not into muscles, but boy is he delicious

    Oh yes I second that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrincessJo291 View Post
    i did lol.
    Oh sweet Jesus.
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    the muscles make his arms look so short!
    he's still yummy but the muscles just make him look wee.
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