A shirtless pic of Ryan Reynolds on my Instagram feed? Hello, you have my undivided attention. Ryan and Blake Lively’s personal trainer, Don Saladino, shared the chiseled social media snap on Wednesday to promote his recent episode of Slate‘s How To podcast and provided a few tips for anyone looking to get into superhero shape.
Lest anyone think it’s easier for celebrities, Don is here to set the record straight. “Everyone fights the same fight,” the Drive 495 owner said. “A lot of people that I’ve worked with in the past, they struggle with it. They have temptations with food or they might be tired. I think it’s just finding that switch. It’s giving them the ability to feel successful everyday.”
“Everyone fights the same fight.”
For Don, a major key to a superhero physique is a sustainable workout plan. He recommended avoiding burnout by keeping your routine manageable and consistent. “You’re better off going at 80 percent” than falling off the wagon after two days of all-out work. He also emphasized a good night’s sleep and paying close attention to what you eat. He uses the “palm, fist, thumb” method to measure each meal and said weight loss is “really simple” as long as you maintain your blood sugar levels and eat three meals a day.
Of course, sleep and eating well are only a fraction of the journey. Don also uses resistance training to create tension in the muscles, using a variety of weights: cables, barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, sandbags, etc. He also suggested a few exercises like duck walks, the one-arm suitcase (grab a kettlebell in one arm and walk around with good posture), and the Zottman curl (like a normal bicep curl but you reverse your grip) for a gym or at-home routine.
Ultimately, it’s a matter of introspection and knowing what works for your own body. “Don’t worry about what Ryan does,” he said. “Let’s focus on what we can find to allow you to be successful.”