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Harley Pasternak: How Leading Actors Get Fit for Roles

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Harley Pasternak, personal trainer to A-list actors, knows a thing or two about getting people into ahmayzing shape!

He was recently thinking about how the seksi bodies of leading men have changed over the years, from the Schwarzenegger and Stallone style bodybuilder bods to more lean Brad Pitt in Fight Club or Ryan Gosling all the time bods!

So if you want to look like a leading man, or you want your man to look a little more "Goslingy," just follow this workout!

Want to look like one of these guys? (or do you want your significant other to look a little more chiseled?) There are a few essential factors that make these actors look fit, lean and mean on screen: Broad shoulders, chiseled chest, defined triceps and six-pack abs!

Here are some exercises that will surely help. Try doing 20 reps of each as a non-stop circuit (do 3-4 circuits, twice a week).

Shoulders: Dumbbell Lateral Raises
Stand with your arms at your sides with a dumbbell in each hand. With your arms locked straight, raise your arms out towards the wall until they're parallel to the ground, then return to your sides.

Chest: Flat Dumbbell Fly
Lie on your back with a dumbbell in each hand with your arms extended up to the ceiling with a slight bend in each elbow and your palms facing each other. Slowly lower your arms out and away from your body until you feel a slight stretch in your chest, then “hug” an imaginary barrel as you raise them up towards each other.

Triceps: Lying Dumbbell Triceps Extension
Lie on your back with a dumbbell in each hand and your arms extended up toward the ceiling. Hinge at the elbows and lower the dumbbells down towards your ears/ shoulders, then raise back up to start position.

Obliques: Dumbbell Side Bends
Stand with feet a little wider than shoulder width apart with your right hand against your right temple, elbow up, and left arm hanging down towards your side holding a dumbbell. Slowly tilt your body left, as you slide the dumbbell down your side, then tilt your body right again, as you bring your right elbow down toward the ground.

Before you know it, maybe you will look good enough to make the top 20 movie muscle list!

That actually is a pretty basic workout!

No need to flip tires or throw boulders around.

Just a simple circuit to get you in A-list shape!

[Image via 20th Century Fox.]

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