Here's How Michael B. Jordan Got In Shape For Creed

We take a look at what the 'Creed' star had to endure to be ready for the ring.
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Becoming the latest superstar in the Rocky franchise can be a daunting and demanding role to fill, both physically and mentally. For Michael B. Jordan the challenge to play Apollo Creed’s son is welcomed by hard work and aggressive training methods. Michael was teased as a child for sharing the same name as Michael Jordan, the superstar, and son of the NBA. He utilised the provoking dialogue to push himself further, hitting a nerve that ignited a competitive strike to train and to succeed in life. “I told myself at a young age that I was going to dedicate my 20s to work. I don’t go out all the time. I don’t party… I try to evolve and grow and work on myself.”

Michael’s program to transform himself into a fighting machine is extensive and detailed. Let’s have a look at what the star had to endure to be ready for the ring.

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Day 1 – chest, back, and arms

Warm up: 1-mile jog

- Incline dumbbell press, 3 sets of 12 reps
- Pushups, 10 sets, 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1
- Dumbbell Kickback, 3 sets of 15 reps
- Triceps pushdown, 2 sets of 20 reps
- Bench dip, 10 sets, reps 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

Day 2 – biceps, triceps, and lats

Warm up: 1-mile jog

- One-arm dumbbell row, 3 sets of 12 reps
- Neutral-grip pulldown, 3 sets of 12 reps
- Bentover row, 3 sets of 12 reps
- Dumbbell curl, 3 sets of 12 reps
- Barbell curl, 3 sets of 12 reps
- Hammer curl, 3 sets of 12 reps

Day 3 – Legs and abs circuit

Warm up: 1-mile jog

- Dumbbell lunge, 3 sets of 30 seconds (each leg)
- Single-hip extension, 3 sets of 15 (each leg)
- Leg curl, 3 sets of 12 reps
- Romanian deadlift, 3 sets of 12 reps
- Squat, 10 sets counting down 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1
- Crunch, 3 sets of 25 reps
- Leg raise, 3 sets of 25 reps
- Reverse crunch, 3 sets of 25 reps
- Toe touch, 3 sets of 25 reps
- Sprinter situp, 3 sets of 25 reps

Day 4 – Chest, arms, and abs

Warm up: 1-mile jog

- Dumbbell bench press, 5 sets counting down 10,9,8,7,6
- Pushup, 5 sets of 15 reps
- Dumbbell flye, 5 sets of 10 reps
- Pushup, 5 sets of 10 reps
- Dumbbell curl, 4 sets of 12 reps
- Dumbbell kickback, 4 sets of 15 reps
- Bench dip, 4 sets of 20
- Crunch, 3 sets of 25 reps
- Leg raise, 3 sets of 25 reps
- Reverse crunch, 3 sets of 25 reps
- Toe touch, 3 sets of 25 reps
- Sprinter situp, 25 reps

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That'll do it. The workout is bound to have anyone in pain but the results are meant to be reasonably quick. With hard work and a great diet, this will have you fighting fit, ready for summer! Now all you need is Sylvester Stallone to be a fighting legend!