Clean Carbs and Lots of Lifting: How James McAvoy Got into Fighting Shape for ‘Glass’

Playing the personality-shifting Kevin Wendell Crumb, one of the two villains in M. Night Shyamalan’s new thriller Glass, is more like taking on several roles at once—a handful for any actor. But that’s all in a day’s work for Men’s Journal February cover star James McAvoy, who first played Crumb in 2017’s Split and reprised the role for Glass. This time around, however, he needed more than just stellar acting. He had to get ripped, too.

“I’m going to be spending at least 70 percent of the movie with my shirt off,” McAvoy told Men’s Journal behind the scenes at our cover shoot. “So it was important to get, in terms of me anyway, bigger.”

To help him achieve his goal, he turned to Swedish pro trainer Magnus Lygdback. McAvoy began a regimen of lifting once a day for 45 minutes to an hour, sometimes followed by shorter recovery sessions later in the day. He also started putting a lot more food on his plate, and he plowed through five to six meals per day in pursuit of greater bulk. Of course, McAvoy makes that kind of dedication sound easy.

“It’s that simple really. Eat a lot, work out a lot, and put on a lot of weight,” he said.

Let that be the inspiration you need to pack on some muscle in 2019. Get all the details on his gym routine in the video above, and don’t miss our full profile on McAvoy in the February issue of Men’s Journal, available on newsstands now.