How To Build A Body Like Tom Cruise

April 18, 2014
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Tom Cruise On The Set Of 'Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol'

If Tom Cruise is one of the top celebrities that you admire, you might find yourself wondering how you could go about getting a body similar to what he has in his flicks.

What sort of training would he do – and what can you do to recreate it?

It’s no secret that most celebrities spend hours in the gym each week, working hard to sculpt their physiques. So while you may not be able to do the exact same program he would do due to time constraints, this doesn’t mean that you can’t come close to seeing the same results with your own workout program.

You just have to know how to design it.

Let’s look more closely at the sort of protocol he would have used so you can apply similar principles to your own approach.

Assessing Tom Cruise’s Physique

When looking at Tom Cruise’s physique, we see a good overall level of muscle mass, fairly evenly distributed all around his body. It doesn’t seem as though one area is more built up than the others, so a full body workout program will do the job perfectly.

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This will allow you to achieve excellent muscle balance, while also burning up plenty of calories so that you can get as lean as possible in the process as well.

Remember that in order to see the muscles you’ve built up, you do need to achieve low enough body fat levels, so fat loss will be a part of your game.

Getting The Protocol In Place

To design a program to follow that will yield similar results, you’ll want to focus on the key compound exercises of squats, deadlifts, chest presses, bent over rows, shoulder presses, and pull-ups or pull-downs.

Perform three set of each of these exercises using a heavy weight in the 6-10 rep range. Then do one final fourth set at the end, taking the reps higher up to the 12-15 range to promote an even stronger metabolic response and growth stimulus.

From there, add some moderate intensity cardio training on the off days to help augment the fat burning process without overly taxing your body and you’ll be all set.

Extra Credit

To add a little extra credit to this workout approach, you might want to consider supplementing with glutamine as well. Glutamine is going to boost the overall recovery rate that you experience between these intense workout sessions, reducing the risk overtraining starts to set in.

In addition to this, make sure that you are also getting a good night’s sleep each evening as well, aiming for at least 7-8 hours. Full body workouts are very strenuous, so you need to be getting your rest in.


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