Following celebrity workout plans is a growing trend in gym users around the world. One of the most popular choices these days, particularly among men looking to achieve an action hero physique, is the Jason Statham workout routine.
This particular workout routine is not your standard 3 x 12 workout by any means. In fact, it is one of the most unusual plans in Hollywood today, incorporating tons of variety and obscure exercises which most people have never performed before.
Exercises included in the session may be unfamiliar, as it borrows from various different styles including power lifting and crossfit, meaning gym regulars are often replaced with new and difficult variations to incorporate more explosive speed or power into the move. Functional fitness is certainly a key ingredient, with a large importance placed upon your core strength.
As a circuit, the workout itself consists of three very different stages which combine to form one 60-90 minute gym session, including:
Stage 1: Cardio warm up.
Stage 2: A 15 minute HIIT workout, again using cardiovascular equipment.
Stage 3: A rigorous full body routine involving a mixture of body weight, power lifting and crossfit exercises.
The first phase requires a ten minute warm-up to be performed on any piece of cardiovascular equipment in your gym. Given the nature of the upcoming exercises, it would be wise to turn your attention away from machines which focus on one part of the body and instead choose something which will get your full body warmed up sufficiently, such as a rowing machine. Stage two moves on to a 15 minute interval session.
The basis of HIIT is to keep switching between a moderate intensity and a very high intensity for a short burst of time. Phase two lasts for 15 minutes using this protocol and ideally you should wait until you are fully recovered from your last burst before you attempt the next burst. That makes the moderate intensity period different for everybody, but try to aim for 2 minutes and a 30 second burst.
The third phase focuses on a combo of body weight exercises, power lifting techniques and crossfit moves which are rarely practised in popular health clubs and gyms. For that reason, take a few moments to iron out any kinks to your technique before you do the full workout. Pick 6 exercises from the list below to form a full body workout:
Full leg raise x 20 reps – ensuring your bum comes off the floor with every rep.
Bench dips x 20 reps.
Weighted rope pull x 5 reps – attach a 20 foot weight to a rope and pull it towards you.
Climb x 5 reps – climb a 20 foot rope 5 times, beating your time on each rep if possible.
High Knee Skipping x 30 seconds
Pull-ups x 15 reps – grip as wide as possible so you can maximize the involvement of your lats.
Romanian deadlift x 20 reps – ensure correct form.
Dumbbell or barbell squat x 20 reps.
Barbell Bench Press x 20
Barbell Clean And Press x 20
Dumbbell Swing x 20 reps – use a dumbbell as an alternative to kettlebells, giving a new twist to a popular old exercise.
The circuit is formed by choosing six exercises from the list above or entering your own preferred choices into the slots. Perform all six moves without any rest, before taking a 5 minute break at the end of a full round. Try to perform around 6 circuits in total, this should give you an overall workout time of between 60-90 minutes.
The Jason Statham workout principle is simple yet brutally effective: keep it simple and keep it high intensity. This ensures that you not only look muscular but you are actually strong, too. Furthermore, the focus on intensity will ensure maximum fat loss.