Jason Momoa has taken on many iconic names in his day; Khal Drogo, Aquaman, Conan the Barbarian, and even the lesser-known Jason Loane in Baywatch Hawaii. But while Momoa’s characters wore different costumes and personalities, one thing remains constant – he’s incredibly jacked up in all of them.
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Many fans have wondered for ages how he maintains this formidable physique. He has to go to the gym almost every day, you say? Maybe even like his famous bald counterpart Dwayne the Rock Johnson, you say? Well, you’d be surprised to learn that it isn’t entirely.
Jason Momoa’s “Aquaman” workout
Despite his already extraordinary body, his role in Aquaman now required a more conscious and regular routine. To match the role and costume, he had to prioritize certain muscles to make them appear more muscular (as seen in the movie). He also needed to gain some muscle mass to do the role justice.
According to the actor, the routine that worked best for him was the Accelerated Results 7 (AR-7) routine. The routine developed by personal trainer Eric Laciste contradicts most bodybuilding programs.
Instead of your usual heavy lifting, the routine focuses on pace and consistency. It involves lighter weights and fewer reps, with little rest between sets.
This way you can keep your pace the entire time. You will feel the burn more quickly, which will reduce the overall fatigue in your joints and muscles. In return, you can exercise up to three times a day.
How long does Jason Momoa train?
Momoa does the AR 7 workout about 2 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. However, due to the dynamism of its activities, it is likely that this number varied. But what exactly does AR 7 contain?
First, the actor selects three out of five exercises; Squats, shoulder presses, incline bench presses, cables and pull-ups. Now to the AR 7 routine.
The number 7 refers to the number of basic repetitions and sets that Momoa starts with. It starts with 7 sets of 7 repetitions each, followed by a 7-second break between each set. Then, on the next round, he falls to number 6, where he does 6 sets of 6 reps each and 6 seconds of rest.
The last and last round is 5. Here he would do the last 5 sets of 5 reps, with only 5 seconds of rest between each set. There is about a minute’s break between each lap.
To back this up, the actor ate a generous serving of protein and vegetables evenly distributed throughout the day (about 5 meals). It is reported that he would not be consuming that many carbohydrates and would trade them for a can of his beloved Guinness.
What other workouts does Jason Momoa do?
While his ice cold biceps and chiseled abs might make you believe he’s pumping iron all the time, Momoa has a more unconventional workout routine. In fact, he says lifting weights can be challenging.
Instead, he prefers to do cardio exercises and include outdoor activities like climbing, paddleboarding, pretzels, and bodyweight training in his routine.
Much of this is of course also due to good genetics. He says so himself. In an interview with Men’s Health about his latest film ‘Dune’, the actor said, “It’s just genetics,” he adds, “Hawaiians are great people.”
Well, if you’ve kept up with Momoa then you know he likes his Guinness as much as the next guy (maybe more). However, he quickly compensates for it with thorough practice. In an interview with Men’s Health, he said, “I get up at 5 a.m. and work out hard.” He added, “I get up, run up a hill, do some exercise, and have some time with my thoughts.”
As you’ve seen, Jason Momoa’s routine isn’t overly complicated. This, done consistently, coupled with a good diet and possibly a regular pint of Guinness, is basically what Aquaman did.
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