Guy Pearce, who just wrapped a movie with Paul Rudd, is in the throes of a Brimstone press tour, and has a six-month-old baby at home. By all accounts he should not look nearly as refreshed as he does kicking back in the green room of AOL’s Build Series. So what is his secret? Getting his heart rate up as often as possible.
“If I don’t get a run in, I feel it for the rest of the day,” says Pearce. “So I try to every day, and then make sure I get in the gym a couple days a week.” His level of discipline is even more impressive since Pearce doesn’t have a personal trainer and still looks the way he does in Iron Man 3, Results, and Memento.
“I have been in and out of gyms for about 30 years,” Pearce explains. “I figure I have seen enough instructors over that time.” Over the course of those three decades, which started in the competitive bodybuilding world, Pearce has learned the importance of keeping yourself on your toes.
Do you remember your first time getting into the gym?
My mother would go to the gym and I would just tag along with her, back when I was around 14 years old. I instantly became interested in how your body could change. I did circuit training at a place that was owned by a Miss Australia contestant. I found training to be incredibly artistic.
How did you get into bodybuilding?
I was more and more fascinated about sculpting my body. I entered a State Junior competition and won it. I was heavily into it and a bit obsessed.
What do you like about how training makes you feel?
Who doesn’t want to feel strong?
During the filming of Memento, you were incredibly lean.
I was training a lot then. I would go to the gym often, but I didn’t really do a lot of heavy weights. I would go low, and do a lot of reps.
How has your regimen changed since those days?
I am coming up on 50 years, so there has absolutely been a shift over the years for me. I used to go a bit hard when I was younger and had the energy for that. Now I am a lot more cautious when it comes to my tendons and body. But I have all the knowledge now, so I am smarter about it. Not to mention I have become more open-minded when it comes to methods. Now I do yoga and Pilates. I don’t like to kill myself at the gym anymore. I am more about getting my body moving.
What do you love about running?
I admit it has been hard now with the new baby, but I get out there every chance I can. I have also started to add in long-distance bike rides, to help give my knees a break every once in awhile. But there is something so freeing about putting on your shoes and just going.