In a recent interview with Flare magazine, a Twilight actress stated, “The boys get panties a lot, especially Taylor.” Well I don’t plan on giving him any anytime soon but I do know the ladies love Taylor Lautner’s body. A true Ectomorph hardgainer, Taylor was able to bulk up for his role in Twilight and now that the show is coming back into the spotlight I decided to track down the Taylor Lautner workout for everyone to see.
I found this great article in Men’s Health of how to build muscle fast with the Taylor Lautner workout.
Taylor Lautner isn’t a naturally strong guy, but his career depends on becoming brawny. Between the first and second Twilight films, his character grew into a powerful werewolf. That meant he needed to gain 30 pounds of muscle in a year. Which he did.
Think about that: Taylor Lautner used to be a 5’10”, 140-pound, bony teenager, and now he’s a rippled fitness animal. If he can overcome physical shortcomings, anyone can. “Inexperience works to your advantage,” says Jordan Yuam, Lautner’s trainer and the owner of Jordan’s Virtual Fit Club. “The less muscle you have, the easier it is to gain muscle mass more quickly.”
Your strategy: Eat right and follow a smart, strategic workout regimen. “Maximize your genetic potential,” says Yuam. “There’s no reason you can’t gain pounds of muscle in a year.”
Lautner is counting on it: The third movie in the Twilight series is due out in mid-2010. “My character continues to grow,” he says, “so I’d like to pack on at least a few more lean pounds.”
Here’s how to follow Taylor Lautner’s lead and build strength at frightening speed — without working like a dog.
Push your limits To grow large, your body needs to become comfortable with heavy loads. “That’s why I had Taylor ‘taste’ a much heavier weight,” says Yuam, who would stack a bar (or use dumbbells) with about 40 percent more weight than Lautner could normally lift 10 times. So if you can lift, say, 120 pounds 10 times, go with 170 pounds. Then, using a spotter, perform only the lowering half of lifts. (“It’s critical that your spotter be strong enough to lift the weight back up by himself,” Yuam says.) For a bench press, that means slowly lowering the weight to your chest. This lets your body adjust to the new weight even before you’re ready to raise it. The move is taxing on your muscles, though, so limit your “tasting” to 2 or 3 sets of 5 reps every other week.
Vary your volume Heavier isn’t always better. To maximize gains, Lautner regularly varies reps and the amount of weight he lifts. “If you want a balanced body, you have to do that,” says Yuam. The more your muscles are forced to adapt to a new routine, the more they grow. Instead of always doing 3 sets of 8 to 10 reps, for example, occasionally reduce the weight and shoot for 4 sets of 15 reps. A recent study in theJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that men who regularly varied their rep counts and trained different muscle groups increased their bench strength by 28 percent and their leg-press strength by 43 percent.
Create tension Free weights are best, but they have a drawback: Some parts of a lift are easier than others, so your muscles aren’t being worked consistently. That’s why Taylor Lautner often attaches giant rubber bands to a bar or dumbbell he’s going to lift, and then anchors the bands to the base of a power rack or a pair of heavy dumbbells. “The bands create more tension, making the lift harder and forcing your muscles to peak out at the top of the movement,” Yuam says. As a result, your body recruits more muscle fibers and works them harder, accelerating growth. Bands are available in most gyms.
Cut down on cardio “I was exercising so hard that I began to lose weight,” says Lautner. Sound great? Not if you normally have trouble building muscle mass. When it’s combined with weight training, cardio saps strength and limits muscle growth, especially if you spin your wheels for longer than 20 minutes before or after lifting, according to researchers at Stephen F. Austin State University, in Texas. So be careful not to overdo it. “If you’re trying to gain lean mass, focus on weight-lifting with the proper technique and the right plan,” Yuam says.
Don’t overwork your abs “A lot of guys hit their abs every time they hit the gym,” says Yuam. “That’s why so few of them have six-packs.” Your abs are like any other muscle group, and the same rule of muscle building applies: Don’t overwork them. Lautner targets his abs only 3 days a week, and does a combination of exercises to work his entire core. “The result is a balanced, more detailed musculature,” Yuam says. One of his favorite combinations is the hanging leg raise to reverse crunch, holding for 7 to 10 seconds. That works your whole core, preventing a muffin top. (For complete exercise descriptions, visit MensHealth.com/lautnerabs.)
Step to the side Most weightlifting exercises involve moving forward or backward; they don’t train your body to explode in other directions. Lautner needs a versatile body because he does his own stunts on the screen. (And you need one for everyday life. Your basketball crossover will be lousy without it.) The solution, Yuam says, is to perform side-to-side exercises in addition to traditional lifts. These boost your ability to move in any path. For example, work a few sets of lateral hops and lunges into every leg workout.
Have a recovery plan Training and eating are only two-thirds of the muscle-building equation. “The other third is recovery,” says Lautner. He takes every third day off and never works out more than 5 days a week. “If you constantly pound your muscles, they’ll never have time to repair.”
Feed your new body
Your hard work begins in the gym, but your kitchen plays an equally big role in your transformation. “How much you’ll eat depends on how much you want to weigh,” says nutrition expert Alan Aragon, M.S. Use his calculations to add as much as 10 pounds of new muscle next year.
Set Your Daily Calorie Goal
goal weight x (workout hours per week + 9.5) = daily number of calories
Example: Say you’re 180 pounds and want to add 10 pounds of muscle. Your goal weight, then, is 190. If you plan to work out 3 hours a week, do this: Add 3 + 9.5, and then multiply the sum (12.5) by your goal weight of 190. Result: 2,375. That’s your daily calorie goal.
Set Your Daily Nutritional Goals
Use this key to figure out how many grams of protein, fat, and carbohydrate you should eat each day.
goal weight = grams of protein
half your goal weight = grams of fat
daily calories – [( protein grams x 4) + ( fat grams x 9)] / 4 = grams of carbs
Example: For your goal weight of 190, you’ll eat 190 grams of protein and 95 grams of fat. For carbs: Multiply 190 by 4 ( to yield 760), and 95 by 9 (to yield 855). Add them together: 1,615. Now subtract that from your 2,375 daily calories, to yield 760. Divide that by 4. Result: 190. That’s your carb goal, in grams.
Determine how many meals you’ll eat each day, and then break down your total allotment into equal portions. “It doesn’t matter if you eat three meals a day or six,” says Aragon. “As long as you stay within your guidelines, you’ll see results.”
Source: Men’s Health
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