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  • I'm Jason Walsh.

  • I'm a trainer in Los Angeles and I get actors ready for movies most of time.

  • It's gonna be something where studio comes to me and asked me about prepping someone for a role.

  • What we do is we literally have to sit down and figure out what the characteristics are of that role.

  • The variables involved, meaning like, are they gonna be in the desert?

  • Are they gonna be hearing heavy weight on exo skeleton?

  • How physical is the role?

  • But a lot of it has to do with, you know, background.

  • Are they a novice?

  • If they ever train like this before, believe it or not, what we're doing is really helping these guys with character building.

  • I want to enforce that character.

  • I want them to feel super free of any type of psychological, like hindrances.

  • I've take a lot of pride in making these guys super strong.

  • Move well, fit, resilient, confident and do it safely.

  • These guys get injured.

  • Production shuts down millions of dollars out the door training for a military role.

  • Bradley Cooper came to me through John Krasinski, and he got this big role for American sniper for Bradley it's all in.

  • He wants to become that character.

  • Chris Kyle, £225 Military guy, highly respected and decorated.

  • Bradley Cooper, £185 Wet novice.

  • Never trained like this before.

  • Not like this.

  • Not the kind of weight training that we were gonna have to do.

  • I'm gonna be honest with you.

  • This was the one that I was most worried about in my career because I didn't know if we could achieve what he wanted to achieve.

  • We had almost 12 weeks.

  • Total thing.

  • It was the 1st 8 weeks that we were doing two a days.

  • I mean, we had a lot.

  • I thought maybe £2025 was doable in that time frame.

  • That we had £40 heavier is a big deal.

  • We had to get him moving.

  • We had to get the weight's going.

  • I decided that this was the move.

  • The trap are dead lift that we were going to pretty much make the foundation of everything.

  • There's two variables here that I can play with, and that is the range of motion and the weight.

  • We started safe and we started a high position.

  • We started like as I see him progress and get better.

  • We can take those down.

  • So we got Bradley really strong, and as we progress, he became more Mobley would actually ripped from the ground and the confidence and everything that came with that I mean, literally.

  • It was amazing to watch the transformation.

  • We actually ended up towards the end of it, lifting little over £425.

  • You cannot fake the way £400 feels when he lived it off the ground.

  • So in the movie, that's really I ended up doing.

  • I think it was four days of two a days He would come in in the morning.

  • 6 a.m. We trained for an hour, hour and 1/2.

  • He would go home and recover.

  • He would come back.

  • We'd do a lot of the volume training in the afternoons, and then he would do 1/2 day on Wednesday, and that was his weak.

  • He didn't need to get ripped.

  • He needed to get big, and that's a big difference.

  • I knew that there was no way in hell that that guy was gonna eat as many calories as he needed to put that kind of mass on.

  • So we had to drink the collar.

  • So I just progress it week by week to try to increase a little bit at a time $500 or so.

  • I knew that we have been doing a really good job.

  • Once we hit the 200 mark from the 1 80 mark, everything started rolling.

  • His body just couldn't get enough of it.

  • He was recovering.

  • He was doing everything he needed to do.

  • And it wasn't until the day before shooting that we got him on the scale and it literally read to 25 I couldn't even believe when you think John presents, you think the office And he came in with his big smile on his face and was telling me about the possibility of this movie 13 hours and he was going to play a Navy SEAL way outside of his comedic roles that he's been doing.

  • You wouldn't know it if you just looked at him, but he is extremely strong.

  • The 1st 4 weeks we did all strength training.

  • It was two a days, four days a week, half day On Wednesday, I was like, Let's do it.

  • Let's get the bench press going.

  • He's like, No, you're gonna drag that sled from there to there.

  • And I was like, How hard is that?

  • I'm having a heart attack.

  • We had the luxury of working with John for quite a while before we started shooting.

  • 13 hours was very confident.

  • John's ability to move.

  • So all we had to do was turn the dial up for him every day.

  • We would end up doing some sort of squatting variation.

  • We do front squad to press great, complex exercise, and we would also have him start doing just overhead press, still engaging the whole body while doing the pressing.

  • So it's even more taxing on the body.

  • Love the dumbbells bench press by, just like the fact that each arm is working independently of one another and John crushed it, Man, he was doing over £100 dumbbells, not to mention that we ended up doing a lot of conditioning.

  • There's well that was gonna help with that.

  • The fat burning effect, a lot of high intensity training, pushing the sled back and forth, picking waits up, slamming it down, jumping, running, pushing all of that with little to no rest.

  • It definitely comes across on screen when they put this kind of working.

  • So I was training Emily Blunt for awhile with John.

  • Those two in the gym at the same time is absolutely hilarious.

  • They're the most comedic people I've ever seen.

  • Nothing really gets done in the gym.

  • So we had to separate them because we had a lot of work to do.

  • Emily came in.

  • She got her first action Roll Edge of Tomorrow was fantastic.

  • She had to wear an exo skeleton, and this thing weighed about £70 day in, day out, shooting with £70 on your back.

  • That's a new one for me.

  • This is what keeps my job pretty interesting, too, because never even thought that someone be doing something like this.

  • We ended up doing a lot of conditioning out on a track and using weight vest to kind of mimic that feeling of having that exterior skeleton been teaching her how to move with that weight on her back way progress.

  • Just like anything else, you're not gonna go in and get put £50 of weight vest on someone so we would start with a £10 weight vest one week would end up doing a £20 a £30 for pound, eventually, £50 weight.

  • Best just wanted her to get an idea of what that was gonna feel like and how hindering it is because a £70 exo skeleton with day after day after day of moving could throw something out of whack.

  • I don't know if you remember in the film, when an incredible scene where she's doing, like the full on push up.

  • It was kind of epic scene, and I've actually had a lot of clients come to me saying I want to look like Emily Blunt.

  • Brie Larson for Captain Marvel.

  • She came to me because of Emily Blunt in a way that she looked and performed in that film.

  • Yes.

  • What do you want?

  • Training to become a superhero?

  • Brie Larson, Captain Marvel.

  • She came in.

  • She had the best mentality.

  • She was ready to go.

  • Anything we wanted to do, she was ready for it.

  • We had the proper amount of 12 weeks, which I absolutely love a new.

  • We're gonna knock it out the park with her to keep things interesting and fun.

  • you kind of want to set goals.

  • You want to set milestones for these guys because we got a week after week after week of training.

  • So what we try to do is set these short term, long term goals.

  • They're realistic and sometimes unrealistic, but it's still nice to have him, so we would start with pull ups.

  • The unassisted pull up is the big goal for a lot of our women in these action roles and whatnot, because it really just tells us where she's at.

  • With her upper body strength.

  • You're told women aren't supposed to have a lot of upper body strength.

  • That's bullshit.

  • They get really, really, really strong pound for pound for Bree.

  • I think we ended up doing 10 pull ups straight eight chain push ups with £50 of chains on her back hip thrusting well over £307.

  • I mean, this is stuff that most women would think is absolute insanity.

  • Think about it if you're not able to do a pull up, and then a few weeks later I'm proving you and you're doing pull ups.

  • Think about what that's doing to you psychologically, mentally.

  • I mean, it's just a reinforcement of who you are and what you're able to dio.

  • People don't believe something, and then all the sudden they're able to do these things.

  • It just goes to show that that kind of hard work and dedication is really gonna pay off.

  • You get rid of those variables that could be holding you back, and you're really able to focus on your acting.

  • That's a yes or no question.

  • Yes.

  • Training for an athletic role.

  • Alison Brie.

  • Wow.

  • Where to start with her.

  • She's one of the absolute best humans.

  • I know it doesn't matter if it's 6 a.m. She comes in the highest energy of anybody I've ever met in my life.

  • And it's infectious, and everybody in the gym feeds off of it.

  • I was training Alison for, I don't know, maybe even a couple of years when she came to me telling me she's gonna be a wrestler.

  • Here we go again with a brand new variable, never trained anybody like this before because we had such a nice cushion of time with her.

  • We didn't really have to go into, like a two day type setup.

  • We just trade her five days a week.

  • Alison Brie is one of the strongest girls that I know Pound for pound, the girls able to crank out 14 pull ups, she's dead, lifting over £200.

  • She's pushing sleds with 304 £100 on it.

  • Sled training is an absolute staple and all the training that we do, especially for the females.

  • It's a single leg.

  • Exercise, work, strength, conditioning, everything.

  • We can load it, unloaded, pull it, push it.

  • There's so many variations to it.

  • The core's firing from each step, right, and it's this body coordination and it's fantastic.

  • It was one of our staples for her string training.

  • One of the biggest compliments I can get is after the shoot.

  • The client comes back and was injury free.

  • For me, that's the most important thing.

  • The aesthetic thing is fantastic, and I get it, but we want to keep these guys healthy if you pay attention to glow.

  • Alison is really doing all of her stunts on Knock on Wood.

  • Two seasons in hasn't had any injuries today, but this Cold War is only training for a dance rule.

  • Emma Stone, la La Land Emma came in and she had some issues with her neck and her back and shoulders and things like that.

  • Those things have to be addressed.

  • You don't work around them and hope that they go away.

  • You really go in and try to attack any and all issues that could be holding her back.

  • And for her, the training waas a little less dramatic or invasive.

  • A lot of stuff we did was really focusing in and around the hips and the stability and strength around the hips because of the dancing elements.

  • Most of stuff she was doing was on one leg.

  • We did a lot of strength training, a lot of mobility drills, balanced up, a lot of crawling for core and coordination and things like that.

  • We didn't have as much time we had about six weeks before shooting.

  • It's a hard balance because you don't want to train her too much because she's got all the dance training and choreography and all that kind of stuff that's going on on the outside.