I Tried Ryan Reynolds’ Insane ‘Deadpool 2’ Workout—and Now I Know Why He’s Shredded

We started with sandbag lunges.

Just a few days before Deadpool 2 premiered around the country, I took a trip to New York City gym Drive 495 to meet up with Ryan Reynolds‘ trainer, Don Saladino, to find out how Reynolds got in shape for the huge action flicks.

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“The first thing we always pay attention to is his functionality and movements,” Saladino told Men’s Journal. The celebrity trainer quickly had me launch into lateral bounds, followed by medicine ball slams. “This is kind of how I start every one of his workouts.”

We segued into loaded carries, grabbing a kettlebell with one hand, then both, capping the set off by switching up the kettlebell position to make the move more challenging.

“I can say Ryan is in the best shape of his life now,” Saladino told Men’s Journal last year. And after a glimpse into how he trained for Deadpool 2, I believe it. “There are better results coming now than he saw years ago, and he doesn’t leave the gym feeling wiped out.” Admittedly, I’m still working on that second part.

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Want to get in on the action?

Saladino shared a workout inspired by his training with Reynolds leading up to the Deadpool sequel.

“You could develop a superhero body anywhere,” Saladino says. “You don’t have to have access to a crazy gym. It’s about doing the right stuff. It’s about creating tension. It’s about challenging your body, but also knowing when it’s time to check out.”

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Ryan Reynolds’ ‘Deadpool 2’ Workout

How to do it: Complete 3 rounds of Circuit 1, followed by 5 rounds of Circuit 2, finishing up with a 5-round finisher.

Circuit 1
Complete 3 rounds of the following:

  • Lateral Bound: 10 reps
  • Med Ball Slams: 10 reps
  • Farmer’s Carry: 50 yards

Circuit 2
Complete 5 rounds of the following:

  • Sandbag Lunges: 10 reps
  • Floor Barbell Press: 10 reps
  • Chinups: 10 reps

Workout Finisher
Complete 5 rounds of the following:

  • Assault AirBike: 30 seconds, rest for 30 seconds

If you can’t make it to New York to get to Drive 495 yourself, you can still experience Saladino’s training online here.

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