Hugh Jackman is known for his movies, and strongly associated with the wolverine. But now, it is time that we learn a little more about Hugh Jackman’s workout. Specifically his deadlift workouts. Because the Hugh Jackman Deadlift is inspiration for all couch potatoes. Recently, Hugh did a deadlift that put him into the 1000 pound club.
The 1000 pound club is exclusively for people who have deadlifted, squatted and bench pressed weight on one day equal to 1000 pounds or over. When you realize that Jackman’s age is over 40, you might discover more motivation to get fit. As of this update, Hugh Jackman’s age is 48. No one is saying that 40 is old, but there is no question that hitting 40 is a sobering moment in the aging process. The goal here is to encourage you that no matter what your age, even if you have hit 50 or 60, you can still get stronger.
So, if you have just hit the age of 40 or are over 50, and think that your best days of strength and fitness are behind you, think again. Some guys think that they are too tall to deadlift. How tall is Hugh Jackman? 6’2″, and he is still deadlifting serious weight.
Motivation for Couch Potatoes from a Deadlift
Hugh proves that if you stay consistent, eat clean and focus on the basic compound powerlifting exercises of the squat, bench press and deadlift, you too can build a stronger and leaner physique, even over the age of 40.
While it is true that you might not have a personal trainer to workout with two hours a day and to set up your meal plan, you can still get results by following a plan similar to the Hugh Jackman’s workout program.
The Hugh Jackman Deadlift to Join the 1000 Pound Club
Watch this video of the Wolverine Hugh Jackman’s deadlift of 410 pounds which put him into the 1000 pound club. Hugh Jackman called this video, “The deadlift that brought me into the 1000 pound Club”. A 410 pound deadlift at the age of 46 is pretty impressive. If you have been trying to improve your deadlift personal records, you will understand why.
True, staying strong and in shape is part of his ‘job’, but let’s not use that as an excuse to keep sitting on our couches. If Hugh can do it, so can you, even if you do not have the trainer or several hours a day to workout.
Video of Hugh Jackman’s Deadlift Workout for the Wolverine
If you thought that 410 pounds was Hugh Jackman’s most impressive deadlift, watch the following video of Hugh Jackman Deadlifting and additional strength training for his role as the Wolverine:
What is Hugh’s Workout Program?
Do you remember the image of Hugh Jackman at the top of the article? This is how he looked in the year 2000 at the age of 31. Here it is again in case you forgot:
Now, here is how Hugh Jackman looked for his role as the Wolverine in 2015 at the age of 46. Not too Shabby!
These are the results of a progressive overload program. This exercise workout program included the basic compound lifts of deadlifts, squats, bench press and pull ups. Hugh’s strength training routine helped the 6’2″ Wolverine weigh in at 195 pounds and under 10% body fat. His exercise workout program can also be called the ‘Wolverine’ workout program.
This program was created by Personal Trainer Dave Kingsbury to prepare Hugh for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men movie series. This strength training workout plan is based on 4 week blocks and your 1 rep max. Determine your 1 rep max for the deadlift, squat, bench press and pull up. Once you determine your 1 rep max for these lifts, then use the following exercise workout schedule as Kingsbury related to Alon Shabo:
|1||5 Reps||60% of W1RM|
|2||5 Reps||65% of W1RM|
|3||5 Reps||75% of W1RM|
|4||5 Reps||75% of W1RM|
For example, if your 1 rep max for the deadlift is 200 pounds, then your deadlift workout will look like this:
|SET||Deadlift REP RANGE||WEIGHT|
|1||5 reps||120 Pounds|
|2||5 reps||130 Pounds|
|3||5 reps||150 Pounds|
|4||5 reps||150 Pounds|
For example, if your 1 rep max for the squat is 135 pounds, then your squat workout will look like this:
|SET||Squat REP RANGE||WEIGHT|
|1||5 reps||80 Pounds|
|2||5 reps||85 Pounds|
|3||5 reps||100 Pounds|
|4||5 reps||100 Pounds|
|1||3 Reps||70% of W1RM|
|2||3 Reps||80% of W1RM|
|3||3 Reps||90% of W1RM|
|4||3 Reps||90% of W1RM|
|SET||Deadlift REP RANGE||WEIGHT|
|1||10 Reps||40% of W1RM|
|2||10 Reps||50% of W1RM|
|3||10 Reps||60% of W1RM|
|4||10 Reps||60% of W1RM|
|SET||Deadlift REP RANGE||WEIGHT|
Calculate the pounds you will lift for your other exercises of squats, bench press and pull ups using the same percentages. You can do squats and deadlifts on Monday, Wed and Friday, leaving the bench press and pullups/pushups for Tuesday, Thursday. Then the next week you can change it up doing bench press and pullups on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Squats and Deadlift exercises on Tuesday and Thursday. After one week at the same weights, raise your pounds the next week by 5 to 10 percent.
The exercise workout plan that you stick with is the best plan. So do not go up in weight too fast. Gradual increases wins the race. Even if you increase your deadlift by 2.5 pounds a month, no worries, just stick to the plan, keep getting stronger and you will reach your fitness goal. This seemingly basic deadlift workout strategy can get you into peak condition, if followed consistently, along with proper food choices.
There are those who say that the deadlift is so demanding, that you need extra time for recovery, so if you feel that you can only deadlift once a week in order to recover, so be it. If you are new to deadlifting or just want to review proper form before starting the Hugh Jackman Deadlift plan, check out this infographic on how to deadlift with proper form from http://artofmanliness.com:
Jackman knows about fitness over 40
Let the Hugh Jackman Deadlift results inspire you to better fitness no matter what your age. Are you over 40, 50 or 60 and following a deadlift workout routine? Are you inspired to start deadlifting? If not, read how deadlifts change your body. Deadlifts helped me crush obesity, lose 100 pounds in under a year and get fitter than I thought possible. And that was at age 55. Please share your deadlift results and inspire the rest of us to get up off of the couch!
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