John Krasinski: ‘Jack Ryan’
What He Did for Seasons 1 and 2: For Season 2, Krasinski spent five days a week with trainer Don Saladino at his his fitness sanctuary, Drive 495. Their training built on Krasinski’s existing physicality for those moments, while packing on muscle so he fit into flak jackets like an action hero. Their days started off with agility work, then alternated between strength and power lifting sessions, capped off with energy systems work on the VersaClimber or Airdyne bike.
In Season 1, to go from Office worker Jim Halpert to spy/analyst Jack Ryan, John Krasinski teamed up with trainer Simon Waterson, who has worked with Daniel Craig on the James Bond films and many other Hollywood actors. A former British Royal Navy, Waterson used his military experience to help create an original program for Krasinski that included five days a week of physical conditioning and weekends of recovery work like yoga and physiotherapy. Once he was done training, Krasinski was able to bang out 400-pound deadlifts with ease.
What Krasinski Says: “There is no one more dedicated or more knowledgeable than Don,” Krasinski told Mens Journal. “His enthusiasm is contagious and his support is unwavering. He understands that along the way to looking camera-ready for a shoot, the most important part of the process is building up my strength and athleticism so that I not only look good, but feel good.”
What His Trainer Says: “I liked to look at our training and make sure that what was onscreen matched what would be born out of his routine and his job,” Waterson previously told Men’s Journal. “My belief is that aesthetic is solely a byproduct of good performance.”
The Workout: One of Saladino’s workouts for Krasinski was a shoulder routine that helped Krasinski with his stunt work. Check out the detailed workout here.
One of Waterson’s workout programs for Krasinski included a warmup with work on the treadmill and row machine before going into a 4-routine conditioning circuit. Waterson also put together a push/pull strength circuit and a finisher with stretching bands. Check out the detailed workout here.
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