The stars of Creed III break down how they got fighting fit for their big-screen showdown.
Michael B. Jordan is reprising the role of boxer Adonis Creed in Creed III, the latest continuation of the Rocky franchise. Pulling double duty as leading man and director. This time he is facing off against Damian Anderson, a genuinely menacing antagonist played by Jonathan Majors. This film promises to be his most explosive showdown yet.
In his Men’s Health cover story, Majors explained how sculpting a boxer’s physique helped him get into character to play the physically imposing Damian, and ahead of the movie’s release, both actors shared a look at the workouts they used to hew those shredded fighter’s bodies.
After warming up with some fasted cardio, usually consisting of 20 laps in the pool, Jordan torches his back with 3 sets of bent over rows, performed in decreasing sets of 10, 9, and 8 reps respectively.
Jonathan begins his training with some isolated back work, performing lat pulldowns for 10 minutes, then single-armed dumbbell rows, doing 3 sets of 12 on each side. Majors’ trainer describes this as a “bread and butter” back move that helps build that foundational thickness in his lats. Majors follows this with 3 sets of 10 to 12 close-grip bodyweight pullups.
“I have a broad back, so doing the overhead dumbbell press and shoulder presses are always a lot of fun for me,” says Jordan. “Gives you those boulder shoulders that Adonis is known for.” In the push press, he aims for 3 sets of 10 to 12.
Majors, meanwhile, builds his traps with dumbbell shrugs (3 sets of 12).
Majors shreds his six-pack with leg raises (3 sets of 8 to 10), and ups the intensity of this already-difficult move by incorporating holds into the reps. He then performs oblique knee raises (3 sets of 8), because any ab workout worth its salt will involve training for the core’s actual purpose—flexion of the torso—and remember to hit up the obliques as well as the abs.
When it comes to conditioning work, Jordan opts for tools like medicine ball slams (3 sets of 8 to 10) as he says they allow him to “let out a lot of aggression” in a way that can be very cathartic, and battle ropes (intervals of 30 to 60 seconds) to light up his core, arms, quads, and back.
Majors rounds out his workouts with some good stretch work. While Jordan finishes with meditation to help get his mind right as well as his body.
*Words: Phillip Ellis
*This article was originally published by Men’s Health US